There were successes across the age-groups at the Essex and Eastern AA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on 8-9 February. Among the winners, Eugene Amo-Dadzie set a significant championship record of 6.63 in the heats of the senior 60m, before comfortably taking the final in 6.71. Shona Vincent won double gold in the U17W 60m and 200m, while U13 girl Isabelle Kyson won 3 Essex titles including the 60m hurdles.
Shona Vincent (centre): won all her 6 races (photo: Jackie Vincent)
There were a spate of personal bests in the 60m races. Behind Eugene Amo-Dadzie’s record breaking 6.63 heat, Winfred Hakeem was second in 7.31 and was unfortunate not to advance. Lexus Ndiwe improved her PB twice to take bronze in the senior women’s event in 7.98. Matthew Adum-Yeboah ran 6.92 to win his U20 heat and repeated the time to take silver in the final ahead of the reigning English Schools 100m champion. Sikiru Onigbanjo was fourth in the same final in 7.01 after a 7.00PB in the heat (and took the Essex bronze medal). One of the biggest improvers was Yemi Mary John, who ran 7.81 to place second in the U20 women’s 60m, having earlier set a new best of 7.91. The following day she again improved her PB hugely in the 200m heat (25.59) and further to take silver in the final, in 25.42. Even busier was Shona Vincent, who won all her 6 races to take the U17W 60m and 200m, with final times of 7.83 and 25.27PB respectively. There were also new bests from Charlotte Seaton (8.13 to make the U17W semi-final), Roshaun Edwards (7.59 to make the U17M semi-final) and Dylan Styles (7.68).
Isabelle Kyson’s (photo left: by Scott Kyson) busy weekend began with an unexpected second place in the U13 girls shot (6.65). She then impressively won the 60m hurdles, with a club best and championship record of 9.70 in the final, the second ranked time in this event in the country this year. She just lost out in a thrilling 800m race on the Sunday despite a PB of 2:27.9 to take the Eastern silver medal but, as in the shot, she was the first Essex finisher so ended the weekend with 3 Essex AA gold medals. The other WGEL athlete to take an Essex medal on day 1 was Hugh Williams, 3rd in the senior shot (12.05).
At 200m Temi Olusesan won her first senior medal in taking 3rd in 28.05, while Caitlin Hancock won the Essex title in the U13 girls (30.40). Kaiden Chambers ran a PB of 24.62 in the U17M 200m. Nicole Alves was 2nd in the U20W 400m (60.95). At 800m, U17M Danny Raymond won comfortably (2:01.05), while in her first race as an U15 girl Emily Caton ran a PB of 2:35.55. Rhys Edwards was another winner, in the U20M 1500 (4:32.02). Denesha Rocastle won the U20 women’s triple jump in 10.94 and Larrisa Anipa was 3rd in the U20W Essex long jump.