14 year old Exeter Harrier Jack Turner produced five stunning performances at the Somerset Schools’ Combined Events Championships at Millfield, each of them new lifetime bests, and a new best Junior Boys’ Pentathlon score of 2544, an increase of over 500 points on his previous best. Nerves served Turner well prior to the first event. Finding himself in the fastest heat of the 75m hurdles Turner’s warm-up was a tense time, but he led from the gun, pushing further ahead with each hurdle cleared, in a very smooth race.
Turner, who attends Wellington School, had shot putt next and 9.16 was enough to maintain his overall lead, and a superb long jump of 5.51, the furthest in the competition and a PB by 56cm, pushed him further out in front. Another excellent performance in the high jump followed, with a best clearance of 1.66, but Ollie Thorner of Millfield School was closing the gap with his best clearance of 1.69. Turner had a 114 point lead over Thorner going into the final event the 800m, equating to a cushion of approximately 9 seconds. Thorner ran the faster time but by just under 4 secs ensuring Turner’s title was safe.
In the Intermediate Boys’ Octathlon Sam Dove was runner up with five new lifetime bests across the eight events. Dove was just 2cm short of his long jump PB with 5.62, giving him the lead after the first event. A new PB in the discus of 21.72 placed him second overall, maintaining this with another new best of 29.66 in the javelin. In the final event of day one Dove maintained his overall second place with another PB by almost 2 secs in the 400 with 55.13. Day two started with the 100m hurdles and despite a strong headwind of -2.3 Dove again produced a new PB with a superb run of 16.18. A solid 1.60 high jump and shot putt of 9.20 placed him second going into the final event and an epic run in the 1500 resulted in a 20 sec PB with his time of 4:55.01 being enough to secure the silver medal.
Isobel Pinsky had a good day competing as a guest in the Junior Girls’ Pentathlon, increasing her overall points score from last season by over 200 points to finish fifth overall in a competitive field of 47 athletes. Pinsky had PBs in the shot putt with 6.48 and the 800 in 2:33.81, as well as recording 12.48 for the 75m hurdles, and performances just off her best with 1.48 in high jump and 4.53 in long jump to score 2605 points.
Agatha Purser-Mountford was eighth in the same competition, recording new best performances in 75m hurdles with 13.65, shot putt with 6.02, a 10cm outdoor best in her high jump with 1.48 and the 800 with 2:51.60 to score a new best points total of 2157, which included a long jump of 4.10.
Somer Horsfield, in her first combined events competition, placed fifteenth in the Intermediate Girls’ heptathlon, with a total points score of 2858, which included 14.42 in 80m hurdles, 1.36 high jump, 6.38 shot putt, 3.88 long jump, and a superb 2:32.14 in the 800, the third fastest in the competition.