Several Woodford athletes were in action at the Loughborough International on Sunday, and amongst several good performances, Woodford athletes placed first and second in both the men’s 800m and steeplechase. There were personal bests for Canaan Solomon (left), Anna Nelson and Cameron Fillery. There was also news from the US and elsewhere.
In decent conditions at Loughborough proceedings were led off by a hammer win for Mark Dry with 72.35m and in the 3000m s/ch Adam Kirk-Smith just got the better of Phil Norman, who had made most of the early pace, both recording season’s bests, Adam with 8m48.09 secs, and Phil with 8m49.54 secs. The 800m saw Dan Rowden, who was representing England, a comfortable winner in 1m47.01 secs, also a season’s best whilst, in 2nd, Canaan Solomon, running for British Universities, recorded a personal best of 1m48.31 secs.
Another athlete to record a personal best was Anna Nelson who placed 4th in the guest 400mH with 59.64 secs – faster than the Scotland representative ran in the match race. In the men’s 400mH Jack Lawrie (below) was 4th also, with a season’s best of 51.26 secs, as junior and HCA member Declan Gall was 7th with 53.03 secs. In a guest 400m George Vaughan recorded 56.17 secs.
Another Woodford winner and also representing England was Youcef Zatat in the shot with 17.54m, whilst other field event results saw Lawrence Davis 5th in the TJ with 15.13m, Will Grimsey 6th in the HJ with 2.08m, Sam Khogli, also 6th in the LJ with 7.04m (+0.4) and Kitty Eleyae 7th in the LJ with 5.73m (+0.7). In other guest races, Chloe Bradley won the women’s 800m with 2m10.45 secs, over 100mH Gabriella Ade-Onojobi was 5th with 14.13 secs (0.0), whilst in the men’s match 110mH Cameron Fillery was 2nd in 14.20 secs (-0.4) a personal best by 0.01 secs. In the guest sprints races, Chris Stone was 4th in each, recording 10.70 (-0.1) secs over 100m and 21.53 (0.0) secs over 200m.
On Saturday at Oxford at the Inter-Varsity match, Kaesi Opara had two wins, over 100m in10.78 (+0.4) secs, a personal best and 200m with 21.90 (-0.4)secs, also a personal best. In the U.S. at Clemont FL, Tosin Oke opened his season in the TJ with 16.27m (1.5) as did Ezekiel Ewulo in the LJ with 7.59m, also in the US, Jordan Donnelly recorded 1.54 secs over 800m. In the Diamond League in Doha, Cindy Ofili was 7th over 100mH with 13.42 secs (-2.3) and in Kawasaki, Japan, in the IAAF Challenge Meet, improved to 13.08 secs (0.0) for 3rd.