Exeter Harriers Sam Talbot has again exceeded all expectations with two outstanding performances at the South West Schools’ Track & Field Championships at Exeter Arena.
First up for Talbot was long jump with his current personal best standing at 5.83. He opened with a massive jump of 6.32m which set the pace for a class competition. “I thought the jump was ok but was amazed when they called out the distance.” Talbot led until round four when Aaron Chapman from Somerset produced a leap of 6.35, and despite putting everything into his final two jumps the wind played a major part in proceedings. “I had two no-jumps, they were really good but just no-jumps. In the end I was disappointed not to win.”
Talbot went one better in the 80m hurdles, taking the Regional title and just dipping inside the Regional record. “It was a straight final and I didn’t get a good start, nothing to do with the windy conditions, it just wasn’t a good start.” Talbot was put under pressure from the outset, with Andy Yan of Somerset matching Talbot’s pace until the penultimate hurdle when Talbot just pulled away, maintaining speed right to the line. The official time of 11.33 just beat the previous record of 11.34 which places Talbot second in the National Rankings for this event. With a third place National Ranking for his long jump Talbot has to make the decision which event he will take through to the English Schools Finals in Birmingham at the beginning of July.
Another notable performance was Jack Churchill in the Junior Boys’ 200m, just missing out on the Regional record clocking 23.22 in his heat. With the record standing at 23.21 his time in the final was slightly slower in 23.26 but was enough to take the Regional Title. “The heat went very well, I enjoyed it, it was an average start but the home straight really did it for me. All credit to my Mum, I heard her voice shouting for me in the crowd!”
Archie Stoneman ran a new lifetime best in the Junior Boys’ 800m to win in 2.03.68 and Cameron Tapp took the Regional title in the 1500m with a fine performance of 4.23.19. Lewis Geran followed up his county triple jump title with another good performance for the runner-up spot in the triple jump with 12.26, and in a top class javelin competition Jack Moncur took third place with 45.86.
Dominic Allen was outstanding in the Inter Boys’ javelin with a throw of 52.88 to take the title, a new best by almost a metre, and Jeff Angila was runner up in the triple jump with a new PB of 13.43.
Miranda Hardacre took the Senior Girls’ 400m title with 59.7 and Kerry Angila was runner-up in the triple jump with 10.94.
The team to represent Devon at the English Schools Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on 4/5 July will be announced shortly.