Alfie on top of the podium as athletes do West Norfolk proud

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West Norfolk AC athletes did the club proud at the National Sportshall Athletics Championships in Manchester at the weekend.

Under-15 boys Nathan Smalls, Charlie Williams, Mason Higby and Haydn Buffham, under-15 girl Lucy Koenigsberger and under-13 boys Alfie Williams and Joseph Williams produced some outstanding performances on the national stage.

Joseph Williams produced a powerful triple jump of 6.40m (PB), before competing both the 4x1 relay and 4x2 relay where they finished in fourth.

Joining Joseph was Alfie Williams who ran the four-lap race.

But his crowning glory was a massive shot putt with a distance of 11.98m.

This gave him top podium spot and number one in the UK as the boys finished sixth overall.

Koenigsberger took part in vertical jump, with a leap of 49cm.

She then had a sound shot putt with a distance of 10.36m and fourth place before running an excellent leg in the relay, taking the team through to the final with a finishing position of sixth place.

The girls’ overall position was seventh place.

West Norfolk provided more than half of the Norfolk under-15 boys’ team.

Smalls ran a superb, strong two-lap race, he then went on to compete in the standing long jump with a fine distance of 2.46m.

Just for good measure, he also competed in the speed bounce gaining himself a PB of 82.

His final event was the anchor leg in the 4x2 relay, where the team just missed out on a place in the final.

Joining Smalls was Higby who ran a determined two-lap, followed by the triple jump, where he achieved a great jump of 6.33m.

Another PB followed in the shot with a fine distance of 10.79m before competing in the relay.

Charlie Williams ran a valiant four-lap race followed by a powerful long jump of 2.70m.

He then competed in the shot with a distance of 11.28m and, following that, he ran in the eight-lap paarluff relay, finishing fifth in the time trial and just missing out on final qualifying by a fraction of a second.

Team-mate Buffman ran an impressive non-scoring two-lap, showing his potential for future competitions.

He also joined the relay team and produced a fine leg, the team worked well and executed some slick baton exchanges.

The boys finished with a sixth place finish overall.

Being the reserve team they started 11th in the rankings in all three age groups so they certainly punched above their weight on the day.

The weekend was capped off by the under-13 girls’ team winning their age group.

The athletes thank their coaches and parents for driving them to all the venues this season.

n West Norfolk Athletics Club also had Michaela Raine, Abigail Rice and Jude Faulkner vin action at the Southern League athletics meeting at St Ives (see page 97 for full report).

A busy Faulkner, who also took part in the discus and javelin, managed a PB in hammer

Rice, returning from injury, was third in the A string 100 metres in a time of 13.8, while Raine ran the same time (13.8)in 100m B string.

Raine also finished seventh in the 300 metres, only 0.3 seconds off her PB.