A squad of twenty six athletes attended the Lincolnshire County Championships at Grantham on Saturday 13 May 2017. All athletes faced a head wind home straight with strong gusts at times and a chilly day but luckily the rain never really broke through. Here's Ken Maggs' report.
Those athletes performed well in the tough conditions and impressed a number of the Lincolnshire team managers and officials. The club finished the day with 25 County Championships and 15 other medal performances. Although there were a number of personal bests recorded on the day, the outstanding performance was produced by Donovan Capes in the under 13 boys discus. Donovan threw the disc a massive 29.55m to not only record a club record but also a Championship Best Performance. The plaudits did not stop at that, on a day where five Championship Best Performances were recorded Donovan was awarded the trophy for the Performance of the Championships, beating even former Nene Valley Harrier, Hannah Molyneau who won the under 17 shot putt.
Although the results are all attached it would be impossible to record all the champions so only a few of the notable performances are commented upon.
The club had two sprinters who recorded big wins, under 15 William Kong started by winning his 100m by approximately 15 metres and followed that by leading the 200m from the gun and storming to over 25m ahead of his nearest rival. William Hughes attempted to emulate this in the under 17 version of the same event but was restricted by club mate James Marsh in both events. William Kong added to his two golds with a silver in the shot putt.
Jasmine Allen recorded a double gold in the under 17 ladies 100m and long jump, whereas Katie Marsh won both the 70m hurdles and long jump in the under 13 age group. Roseanna Clark produced double gold in the under 15 girls discus and shot putt.
Donovan Capes added to his massive performance in the discus with a winning shot putt which despite the double gold shows the caliber of the young lad who went home disappointed that he had not thrown over 30m in the discus or 10m in the shot. We can expect great things to come here.
Although not necessarily winners in terms of gold medals, there were a trio of results which deserved a mention. Katie Callcut winning the full set of awards in the long jump, 100m and 200m respectively. Niamh Rushton who had previously not made a final before stormed through the wind to take gold in the under 15 girls 200m and Arabella Allen replicating her older sisters performances by making the under 13 girls 100m final and running an identical time in the final.
After the under 17 men taking first two places in the short sprints, Archie Rainbow and Dan Lawrence dominated the 800m taking the first two positions. Archie ran well up against older age groups in the same race and was only beaten by a senior man.