Lewes athletes ensure a 1-2-3 in the pole vault

LEWES-based athletes donned their various school area vests to compete in the Sussex Schools Track and Field Championships at the K2 Arena in Crawley.

Many had two aims: to finish in the top two and therefore gain selection for the Sussex schools team for next week’s inter-county match at Erith, and also to try and achieve the exacting schools quailfing standard for the national championships at Gateshead in July.

The selection panel for Gateshead meets this week, and high on the lists must be the Lewes-based U17 women vaulters who managed a 1-2-3 in the county champs.

Naomi Lee, clearing an outdoor best of 3.30m and having two very close attempts at the championship record of 3.41m, took the Gold. Meanwhile, Emilie Blackwell cleared 3.10m for silver and Holly Turner jumped 3.00m for bronze – all three easily clearing the quailfing standard of 2.75m.

Other medalist from Saturday champs: Ludo Goodliffe 9.06.0 for Gold in the U19M 3,000m; Sam Bennett 1.57.8 for Silver in the U19M 800m; Sam Bennett 4.14.4 for Silver in the U19M 1,500m; Millie Cable 27.3 for Silver in the U15G 200m; Holly English 2.25.6 for Bronze in the U15G 800m; Caroline Jeffrey 4.57 for Silver in U17W Long Jump; George Turner 2.50m for Silver in U15B Pole Vault; Bryce Williams-Watson 3.20m for Gold in the U17M Pole Vault; Remi Macdonald 3.10m for Bronze in the U17M Pole Vault.

And there were some other some good performances, most notaby: Sam Jackson 1.35 U15B high jump for 9th place; Luke Staples U15B hammer 32.81 for 4th place; Aaron Guilford U17M 100m 11.9 for 5th place; James Shackleton U17M 2.80m in pole vault for 6th place; Jasmine Tickner U15G 1.30m in the high jump for 5th place; Hannah Macdonald 2.40m for 4th place in U17W pole vault; Ella James 1.50m for 4th place in the U17W high jump.

Livvy Connor, 19.9 for seventh in the 75m hurdles, limped over the line after falling at the third.

Sussex U15 League East, held at the Lewes track on Monday this week, saw Lewes again finish runners up to a strong Brighton & Hove side.

Star of the evening was Millie Cable, winning her favoured event the 200m in 27.6s. She then tried a new event for her, the 300m, which she won in a new club record mark of 44.4s, knocking one and a half seconds off the exsisting record.

Other Lewes event winners: Livvy Connor 2.90m pole vault and 1.51m in the high jump (a new best); Luke Staples 27.08 discus; David Thomas 8.98 shot.

The girls 4x100m relay team of Vicky Warren, Livvy Connor, Millie Cable and Arabella Carter also won in a time of 55.7s, just one-hundredth of a second off the club record.

PICTURED: Mille Cable.