Sunday, 5th February 2017
Four junior Blue Vests travelled to Sheffield today to compete in the Northern Athletics U15/U13 Indoor Championships.
The outstanding performance came from Julia Winogrodzka winning gold in the U13 girls’ Long Jump. After a shaky start with the High Jump, where she finished fourth with 1.30m (10cm shy from her PB), she smashed the Long Jump with a 5.21m leap, breaking her PB and the Championship’s Best Performance by 57cm! It was an amazing performance given she had to receive medical treatment in the warm-up for a turned ankle. She ended the day with a fifth place in the 60m final, clocking 8.67s, following 8.66s in the heats and a quicker 8.62s in the semi-final.
Ben To, Eniola Adedotun and Porscha Johnson all made their regional debuts, with the 60m sprint being the event of choice. U13 Porscha, a talented multi-eventer, breezed through her heat in a new PB of 8.89s. She repeated her fantastic start in her semi-final and finished a creditable fifth in 9.02s.
For the U15 boys, both Ben and Eniola had high hopes of progressing through their heats. Neither was disappointed and Eniola came fourth in a new PB of 7.89s. Ben ran a perfect race and not only smashed his PB, but also broke the club record in 7.55 seconds. In the semi-finals, Eniola had a tough lane draw but still managed to finish sixth, whilst Ben ran a majestic, determined race to finish second and qualify for the final. Lining up in lane 2 against strong opposition from Sale and Trafford, he got a perfect start and powered up the straight. With a few metres to go he was holding on for bronze, but a late surge from Lewis Cant of Blaydon Harriers saw Ben finish an agonising fourth, missing out on a medal by only 0.03 seconds. However, some small consolation was that he once again broke the club record, running 7.52 seconds.
Elsewhere, U15 Louie Johnson was among several Bolton juniors that competed in the Greater Manchester Schools’ Cross Country Champs, finishing fifth.