Several Chiltern Harriers athletes were taking part for their schools in the Buckinghamshire Schools Track and Field Championships at Milton Keynes on Saturday.
In very warm, sunny weather, conditions were good for athletics and there were many good performances and several county titles won by Chiltern athletes.
Frankie Baxter won the 800m final after a good performance in the heats. Frankie’s time of 2.21.4 was a season’s best and Lily Jessop-Tranter had a good run to be third with Olivia Clarke seventh. In the heats Jo Snelling (2.34.1) and Alice Peckham (2.34.1) ran PBs while Lucy Wilkinson had her first race in two years after a long injury lay off to run 2.51.2. In the 1500m Lesedi Nkoane ran a season’s best 5.02.9 to be fifth and there were PBs from Ffion Harman sixth in 5.13.7, Sofia Lomas eighth in 5.17.7, and Jocelyn Davies 11th in 5.32.3.
In the sprints Kayla Best was on good form with third in the 100m final in a PB of 13.2 and second in 200m in 27.4 after setting a PB of 27.3 in the heat. Sophie Habgood was third in the 200m final in a PB of 27.4. Alice Peckham was fifth in 300m in PB of 47.8. Jo Snelling (14.8) and Olivia Clarke (15.0) both ran PBs in 75m hurdles heats to make the final where Olivia was sixth in an improved 14.9 and Jo eighth.
In the field Sofia Lomas was third in long jump with an impressive 4.59m. Also jumping were Alice Peckham (3.52m), Olivia Clarke (3.41m) and Lesedi Nkoane (3.37m). Lucy Wilkinson was down on her usual 20m javelin form, with 12.69m.
Chisom Nwafor had a stellar day, winning three events with English Schools qualifying standards. Chisom recorded a PB of 25.6 to win 200m, a PB of 5.40m in long jump and a season’s best 12.30m in shot. In 300m Rufaro Chikwanda was second in 45.6 and Olivia Edwards was third with 46.1. The 800m final saw Alice Brown second in 2.32.6 and Tia Lomas third in a PB of 2.33.8. Ellie Shield was sixth in 2.38.3 after a 2.33 in the heat. Hannah Ashby ran a season’s best 2.38.7 in the heat. Holly Henderson won 1500m in 4.52.6 with Abbie Henderson third and Charlotte Docwra fifth in a PB of 5.08.3. Maddie Hughes was second in 3000m in 10.31.2. Jess Cook was fourth in 80m hurdles in a PB of 14.0 and fourth in 300m hurdles in a PB of 52.6. Joining Jess in long hurdles was Gabi Riley, third in a PB of 51.9 and Rufaro Chikwanda fifth in 56.1 after a fall.
In the field Tia Lomas was a good second behind Chisom with an excellent PB of 4.77m. Gabi Riley was seventh in shot with 7.47m and Jess Cook was third in javelin with 22.16m
The highlight was a 1-2-3 in 1500m with Alden Collier, Euan Pinder and Archie Pinder all achieving English Schools qualifying times – 4.14.6, 4.17.1 and 4.19.8 respectively. There was further Chiltern interest in this race with Max Baxter fifth (4.48.3), Daniel Munn seventh (4.51.0 – PB), Alex Hughes eighth (5.02.6), Rory Hilton tenth (5.14.7 - PB) and Danny Carruthers twelfth (5.22.1). In 800m Isaac Jessop-Tranter was a strong winner in 2.08.4. Ethan McCall was fourth (2.18.2), Callum Powell fifth (2.23.9) and Sammy Whibley sixth (2.29.4). Oscar Freemont ran a PB of 12.9 in the 100m heat. In the field Euan Pinder was second in high jump with 1.45m and Archie Pinder equal third with 1.30m.
Oakley Denson won 1500m in 4.24.5 with Sammy Bennetts getting a PB of 4.30.6 to be second. A trio of Chiltern athletes ran 800m - Thomas Askey third in 2.02.7, John Nickless fourth in 2.10.0 and Felix Palmer fifth in 2.13.9. Saajan Jassy had his first race in two years to run 12.4 in the 100m heat.