Jack Turner and Olivia Dobson both donned English Schools Vests, last weekend, following their selection to compete at the Schools Internationals Athletics Board U16/U18 Combined Events International. Emirates Arena, Glasgow, was the venue with teams competing from England, Wales, Scotland and N Ireland.
Turner, current ESAA IB CE Champion, competed in the U18M competition. Gaining 4 PBs his performances across the 5 disciplines were as follows;
200m 23:13 (PB) 2nd, 800m 2:13.18 (PB) 8th, 60MHu 8:29 (PB) 2nd, SP 11.86m 7th and LJ 6.76m (PB) 2nd. Coached by Kevin Skinner, this jump was over a 50cm improvement on his previous PB of 6.20m, which he gained at the National Schools CE Champs in Boston in September, and just 1cm behind Joel McFarlane the 1st placed jumper. Turner placed a very close 2nd in the overall competition, on 3589 points, behind Joel McFarlane who took 1st achieving 3612 points.
Dobson, who came 5th in last year’s competition in Ireland, secured 3rd place this year with 2 PBs and an = PB. Results: 60Mhu 9:05 (PB) 4th, 800m 2:45.0 13th, HJ 1.74m (=PB) 1st, LJ 5.47m (PB) 5th, SP 13.99m 1st, achieving 3rd place with total points of 3804 (PB). In second place was Emily Race, 3853 points, and first Pippa Early, 3901 points. A 1,2,3 for England in the U18W competition.
2018 Bodes well for both young athletes. Congratulations!