Youth sport - athletics: Eight-medal haul at Dorset County Championships for Nicholas Hunt

CHAMPION: Nicholas Hunt

CHAMPION: Nicholas Hunt

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DECATHLETE Nicholas Hunt collected eight under-20 titles and one silver medal during a dominant display at the Dorset County Track and Field Championships.

The Southampton AC ace opened with a time of 14.6 seconds, a championship best for 110m hurdles. He added gold in the high jump (1.95m), triple jump (12.88m), shot (15.26m) and discus (41.51m) on day one at King’s Park.

Hunt then enjoyed success in the pole vault (3.70m), javelin (48.63m) and long jump (7.06m) on the second day.

Bournemouth AC’s Kevin Hodgson ran the 200m in a time of 22.3 to thwart Hunt’s bid for a ninth gold by less than 0.3 seconds.

Nishan Brooks, who ran the 110m hurdles in 15.6 seconds, high jumpers Mark Roach and Jamie Williamson (both 1.90m) and shot putters Matthew Ridge (13.96m) and Ryan Smith (13.08m) also starred among the under-20 men.

In the under-17s, Bournemouth AC duo Ben Dickinson and Tom Peters and Poole AC’s Ashleigh Power were the stand-out performers.

Dickinson speared javelin gold (53.66m), while Peters netted three top prizes in the shot (14.16m), discus (46.22m) and hammer (51.22m).

Power hurled the women’s hammer 3cm further still and won both sprint titles in times of 12.5 and 25.4 seconds.

Olivia Hunter doubled the 80m women’s hurdles (12.2) with the 300m (47.1), while Ryan Long and Lewis Shepherd both ran the men’s 100m hurdles in a time of 14.1.

Long added pole vault gold (3.20m), while Ryan Webb won both high jump (1.95m) and long jump (6.32m). Rosie Wootten (1.63m) took high jump victory, while Angel Kerin (11.05m) won the triple jump.

Bridget Dence took the 1500m title in 4:49.1.

Lauren Cooper in the 100m (12.7), Ellie White in the hammer (39.86m) and triple jumpers Samantha Cash (10.58m) and Madeleine Smith (10.50m) also finished among the medals.

  • BOURNEMOUTH AC’s Hannah Molyneaux, Danielle Broom and Iona Sheerin each produced Dorset Championships best performances in a high-quality under-15 competition at King’s Park.

Molyneaux (12.33m) went second in the national shot listings having seen off the strong challenge of Wimborne AC’s Bethan Burley (10.88m) and Broom (10.80m).

Broom (44.48m) dominated the hammer ahead of second-placed Molyneaux (31.40m) who then took the discus (32.59m), trumping Broom (31.94m).

Sheerin won the 75m hurdles (11.5) ahead of deadlocked pursuers Olivia Galloway, Burley and Charlotte Sidaway (all 12.3) and took gold in the high jump (1.59m), beating Gemma Kennard (1.56m).

The results ensured or maintained top-five slots in the national age group rankings for
all three budding stars.

Izzy Wedderburn in the long jump (4.99m), Becky Kent in the triple jump (10.05m) and pole vault (2.05m) and Eva Bowring in the javelin (31.98m) were the other field winners.

Pippa Hine won the 100m (12.8), while Grace Copeland doubled the 800m (2:19.9) and 1500m (4:48.5). 

Poole AC’s Jack Howlett was the pick of the under-15 boys with shot (12.67m) and discus (32.86m) wins.

Among the under-13 girls, Issariya Harrison (12.0) of Poole Runners took 70m hurdles victory over Yasmin Bridet and Florence Lockwood (both 12.4).

Rebecca Hannibal doubled the sprints (13.5s, 28.4s), while Madeleine Sorene’s high jump (1.41m) was one of the field highlights.

Versatile Jacob Rowe won a trio of under-13 boys’ titles in the 75m hurdles (13.5s), long jump (4.68m) and shot (7.20m).

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