Indoor Midlands success for Worcester athletes

GOLD MEDAL: For Worcester teenager Joel Khan.

DAN BANKS: Bagged a Midlands indoor silver medal.

First published in Sport

WORCESTER Athletic Club’s successful run showed no sign of stopping as nine athletes returned from the Midlands Indoor Championships at Birmingham’s NIA with medals.

Nineteen members competed and their yellow vest was a regular feature on the podium at the high jump medal presentations with all the city jumpers featuring.

A Worcester clean sweep in the under 20s men's age group saw 17 year-old Hakim Shepherd win gold with 1.90 metres, ahead of 18 year-old Edward O'Hara (1.80m personal best) and Adam Higgins (1.75m pb).

In the under 17s boys' category, after finishing fourth and seventh in the shot put and long jump respectively, Ben Clarke recorded a high jump pb of 1.75m to claim the bronze medal.

The result will give Clarke confidence going into next month's England Combined Event Championships.

In the under 15s boys’ section, 14 year-old Joel Khan, ranked second in the United Kingdom in his age group, won gold with 1.65m.

The under 17s girls' competition saw Hannah Tapley, 15, jump a pb and club record of 1.65m to claim a silver medal and climb to third in the UK rankings for her age group.

Worcester high jump coach Deirdre Elmhirst said: "The attitude within the club's high jump squad is very good at present.

"The athletes have fun in training but all push each other and this is starting to pay off when they compete.

"In high jump, you have to be committed to do the hard work over a long period of time. There are no short cuts. I commend them all for turning up to train in all weathers and am very proud of their achievements."

Worcester pole-vaulter Becky Donnelley equalled her pb of 3.20m and won the senior women’s gold medal.

The club’s youngest competitor at the championships was Katie Harris in the under 13s girls’ quadrathlon, a four-discipline multi-event competition.

Harris scored consistently well with significant improvements to her pbs in the high jump (1.21m) and 60m sprint (8.88 seconds).

Sam Khogali enjoyed a fine indoor debut, claiming silver in the under 20s men’s long jump with 6.17m.

In her first season with Worcester, under 17s competitor Candy Lockett was sixth in the triple jump and shot put with a pb throw of 9.14m.

The first Worcester track medal at the event went to Dan Banks, who was second in the under 15s 60m sprint in a pb and club record of 7.35.

Abigail Gill and Hannah Kenwright ran pbs in the under-15 girls’ event.

Tom Kenwright clocked a best of 22.68 in the under 17s boys' 200m to bag bronze after running a heat and semi-final on the same day.

Training partner Zoe Styles bettered her previous best in the under 20s women’s equivalent to take silver in 25.56.

Molly Hanson and Emily Weaver ran indoor pbs in the under 17s 200m with the former doing likewise in the 300m.

Georgie Greenwood ran a fine under 20s women’s 400m final to secure a silver medal in 59.80.

Clarke and Will Goodwin qualified for the under 17s boys' 60m hurdles final, finishing fifth in a pb and new club record of 9.39 and seventh in a pb of 9.70 respectively.

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