AVEAC athletes impress at Derbyshire schools event

The annual showcase event for talented club and non-club athletes from the county’s secondary schools took place at Moorways in Derby on Saturday.

The Derbyshire Schools Championships included many athletes from Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club, who were largely representing their school districts covering both areas.

Jessica Turner had an untroubled victory in the inter-girls 300m hurdles, while Megan Bruce had to produce a medal winning jump on her third and final attempt to snatch the junior girls long jump gold after an uncharacteristically shaky start.

Jethro McGraw kept his unbroken record of 800m wins intact taking the junior boys title and Emily Heappey was similarly untroubled taking the inter girls 80m hurdles gold medal.

Jodie Wills, representing Chesterfield schools, was the only entrant in the senior girls 100m though she succeeded in running a fine season’s best despite the lack of opposition to push her along.

Kelly-Jay Payling saved her best form of the season for the inter-girls shot where she threw an unexpected personal best by over half a metre to win gold in what will be her last schools championships.

Georgina Trace was also in good form in the shot putt. She threw over 9m for the first time outdoors this season in the junior girls event but had to settle for the silver medal.

Another AVEAC thrower to medal was Tom Bridge who took gold in the inter-boys discus whilst Imogen Cresswell rounded off the club medal haul with a silver in the junior girls 100m.

Derbyshire Mini League

AVEAC tied with Chesterfield DAC in the latest Mini League clash.

There were event wins for William Collings, Claudia Johnson, Sophie Meakin and Caitlin Emerson (tied), Alex Knibbs, Jethro McGraw, Megan Bruce, Lydia Gulliver, and AVEAC now trail their opponents by a point in the table.

Derbyshire Schools Combined Events Championships

THERE was more success for AVEAC members in the Combined Events Championships.

Jethro McGraw and Jack Allen made it a one-two in the junior boys pentathlon, whilst Kirk Hallam’s Megan Bruce won silver in the girls’ pentathlon.

Jethro, Jack, Megan and Kelly-Jay Payling will now go on to contest the Midlands Schools Combined Events Championships, this year hosted by Derbyshire Schools AA at Moorways on June 25 and 26.