Athletes in record-breaking mood

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DAVENTRY Athletic Club members Kieran Russ and James Best were in record-breaking form over the weekend.

Competing in the Regional Schools’ Combined Events competition over two days at Bedford, Russ set a new club record of 4826 points in winning the U17 boys’ octathlon.

His performances included 100m hurdles - 13.7 (another club record), shot - 11.95m, javelin - 43.65m, discus - 32.65m, high jump - 1.79m, long jump - 5.60m, 400m - 53.0 and 1500m - 4.51.0.

Fellow club members Sam Meyler and Matthew Clarke were part of the Northants team that won the U17 boys’ competition and qualified for the English Schools’ Combined Events Final in September.

Meyler finished third with a total of 4550 points which included a distance of 6.57m in the long jump.

In the U15 boys’ pentathlon, Jack Bond finished second to also book his place at the final.

On Sunday James Best broke Jonathan Plews’ long-standing senior men’s hammer record when he threw 39.85m at the Midland League Division Seven match at Nottingham.

The versatile Best had a good day all round winning the javelin A (42.53m), high jump A and pole vault B, placing second in the triple jump A and shot B and third in the long jump A.

Andrew Pedelty won the 110m hurdles A and finished second in the long jump B and triple jump B. Andrew Fenn won the javelin B and came second in the discus B. Matt Clarke finished second in the 800m A, 1500m A and 5000m A.

Michael Fenn came third in the shot A and won the high jump B, Barry Fenn won the hammer B and Jake Williams came third in the 1500m B.

In the women’s competition Emily Spilman won the long jump A and 100m B and finished third in the 200m A.

Abbie Barns won the high jump A and came third in the javelin A. Georgia Webster won the 200m B and shot B and Angelia Cooney was placed second in the 800m A, 1500m A and javelin B.

This weekend four club athletes will be representing Northants at the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Gateshead - Niklas Aarre (U17 boys’ discus), Kieran Russ (U17 boys’ 100m hurdles), Sam Meyler (U17 boys’ long jump) and Connor Aldridge (U15 boys’ 400m).