A record number of Bury AC members were selected to represent Greater Manchester schools at last week’s English Schools Athletics Championships. The event, held at the Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham, brings together the finest young athletes in the country and it has seen the start of the athletic careers of many of the countries famous names.
Jerel Livingston, in his first year as a junior boy took 9th place in his qualifying round in the long jump with a best leap of 5.76. Brandon Quinton, also a junior boy, produced a lifetime best in the 1500m heats of 4.13.25 to qualify for the final. He took 9th place in the final the following day in a time of 4.13.32 displaying great consistency.
In the junior girls events, Daisy Worthington won her heat in the 800m in a time of 2.17.04. However, in the final, a very physical race, Daisy had to settle for 7th place in 2.17.00 having been pushed out into the fourth lane for much of the race. In the long jump things didn’t go to plan for Grace Goodsell who took 17th place in her qualifying round with a best jump of 4.80. Grace’s personal best is 5.49, a distance that would have given her a bronze medal in the final.
Hattie Vaughan, in her first year as an intermediate girl took a brilliant 6th place in the pole vault final with a new lifetime best vault of 3.40m. To have five athletes make the county selection is a wonderful achievement for Bury AC and a tremendous experience for the young athletes who can all look to build upon.