Way to Diogo! BADAC’s Egas impresses at North of England Track and Field contest

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Diogo Egas achieved an unprecedented four personal best performances at the last of this season’s North of England Track and Field League matches at Grimsby on Saturday.

The fourth encounter in the 2014 series had a distinct end-of-term air about it, with a depleted numbers of athletes from all clubs.

However, half a dozen Boston and District Athletic Club representatives produced some good performances despite the blustery weather conditions.

Under 20 competitor Diogo went over 2.40m for the first time in pole vault and then, with an obvious spring in his step, added a best performance in high jump when he cleared 1.75m.

In two throwing events he went on to confirm the progress he has made since returning to regular training and competitive athletics less than three months ago, recording 22.15m with the 2k discus and 36.09m with the 800g javelin.

In his fifth and final competition, the 1,500m, Diogo went on to clock 5 mins 00.5 secs which, although not a PB, was a season’s best time for the distance and provided the young decathlete with a clear combined events confidence boost.

Another young Gold Top working his way back to competitive fitness is Aidan McClure.

He demonstrated the improvement he has made in the last few weeks.

Aidan also cleared 1.75m in high jump and then went on to record 63.7secs over 400m and 2mins 25secs for 800m before getting in some endurance training by running the 5,000m and finishing in 21 mins 27.6 secs.

Owen Msimango recorded 22 mins 09.5secs for his 12-and-a-half laps (5k).

In the women’s section Frances Nuttell earned a new personal best in the triple jump when she cleared 9.93m for the three-phase horizontal leap.

She also went on to record 4.83m in long jump and 1.48m in high jump.

Isobel Whitehead made a big contribution, impressing in the 400m hurdles (75.9 secs) and 800m (2 mins 25 secs) and recorded a leap of 9.28m in triple jump before completing the 1,500m in a time of 5 mins 45.7secs.

Emma Penson again came close to her hammer target without breaking the 20m line and added value in shot (3.98m) and 3,000m (15 mins 45.4 secs).