Yellowbellies claim golds at Lincs Track and Field Championships

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BOSTON-area athletes have been tasting success at the Lincolnshire Track and Field Championships.

Boston and District Athletic Club representatives won 68 gold, silver and bronze awards at the Lincolnshire Track and Field Championships, held at Grantham over the weekend.

Included in the total of 2011 championship awards were 26 golds.

Five members achieved more than a single championship title over the weekend, despite conditions being far from ideal.

Under 20 Stephan Brockett won three field event titles and a track championship.

They came in high jump (1.73m), pole vault (3.85m), triple jump (11.30m) and 100m (12.0 secs).

The under 17 men’s age group saw Oliver Smith secure three gold awards, in triple jump (11.67m), 200m (24.4 secs) and 4x100m relay (52.0 secs).

In the senior men’s category, Mark Bridges took two county 2011 titles, winning the 100m (12.0 secs) and the long jump (6.31m).

Veteran Tim Creese, competing in his 40th Lincolnshire County Championships, won two vets titles - discus (30.86m) and shot (10.83m).

In the under 20 women’s section, Chelsea Brockett secured three titles, winning the high jump (1.50m), 400m (62.5 secs) and the 800m (2 mins 22.4 secs.

The under 17 women’s section saw Maria Hollingsworth moved up to 300m hurdles, winning in 48.9 secs, while Alice Flint won the triple jump (9.41m).

Josh Wattam won the under 17 men’s 400m hurdles (61.5 secs) as Michael Craven prevailed in the 1,500m steeplechase (4 mins. 59.8 secs).

Anthony Sandall was first in discus (21.41m).

Under 15 Jack Bean earned his gold award in the pole vault (1.90m) and Luke MacLeod won the hammer (12.63m.)

Two under 20 men secured victories, with Aidan McClure knocking seconds off his personal best over 5,000m (17 mins 34.9secs) and Marc Bradbury throwing 39.73m. to take the discus title.

Senior Jose Ferriera won the 400m hurdles (68.7 secs) and veteran hammer thrower Wayne Clarke won with 48.45m.

Members of Lincolnshire Athletics Academy enjoyed a successful start to the outdoor season at the county championships.

Coach Dr George Skafidas saw his athletes record nine personal bests on Saturday alone, and a total of nine wins over the weekend.

Bernice Wilson won the 100m with a championship best 11.6 secs.

Kaine Walker’s wins included the 100m, 400m, 800m and 80m hurdles.

There were also wins for Richard Reed (senior 400m), Jacob Axtell (under 20s 200m), Jordan Wilson (under 17s 400m), Michael Craven (under 17s 1,500m) and Daniel Bergin (under 20 triple jump).

Rosie Marshall was second in the under 15s 800m. while Daniel Patterson was third in the under 17s 1,500m.

Wrangle’s Sarah Stanhope won gold in all four of the under 20s women’s throwing events at the Lincolnshire County Championships.

The 17-year-old, who represents Lincoln Wellington, started the championships by putting 8.54m in the shot, a new PB.

A javelin PB of 29.22m followed, before Sarah added a winning throw of 28.03m in the discus.

Sarah went on to throw 45.16m in the hammer to win gold with a new championship record.

She also threw 46.49m in the hammer at the Rugby Open recently, which is a new PB.

This is over the national standard for English Schools Athletics Championships, giving her an excellent start to the 2011 season.