West Norfolk athlete Lucy’s great run laps up championship

L to R: Nathan Small, Mason Higby, Lucy Koenigsberger,  Abi Rice. Missing from photo Charlie Williams and Amber Scott.'Photo: Tony Payne
L to R: Nathan Small, Mason Higby, Lucy Koenigsberger, Abi Rice. Missing from photo Charlie Williams and Amber Scott.'Photo: Tony Payne
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Youngsters from West Norfolk Athletic Club had an extremely successful medal haul at the Norwich and District Open Sportshall Championships, a combined events competition.

In the Under 11 Girls category, Amber Scott secured the bronze, performing well in the two-lap and vertical jump.

In the U13 Girls both Abi Rice and Lucy Koenigsberger qualified for the 2 lap final with Koenigsberger running a great race to secure her the one point lead she needed to clinch the championship trophy. Both also performed well in the vertical jump. Koenigisberger threw the shot a massive 10m 30, a new personal best (PB) in this indoor event.

For the U13 boys Alfie Williams, a first year athlete growing in confidence, showed improvement with PBs in all his events. The older U13 boys took all the silverware in the combined events with Mason Higby taking bronze, Nathan Smalls silver and Charlie Williams the championship trophy.

Higby launched a fantastic shot putt, giving him a new PB of 10.2m and first place. Higby then went on to jump a very strong vertical jump and also ran a strong four-lap allowing him to qualify for the final.

Smalls made his debut at shot putt throwing a very respectable 7.36m, a pb. Smalls also achieved a 2.15m long jump and secured himself a place in the two-lap final, finishing a close second.

Charlie Williams leapt to first place in the vertical jump; he also gained a new pb in the shot with a throw of 8.94m. Williams then went on to take the 4-lap final, finishing in first place.

In the relay events, where athletes from different clubs could join together, there was further success with silver in the U11 girls and gold for both the girls and boys U13 teams.

WNAC U13 athletes are also teaming up to join the Norfolk squad in the regional sportshall finals. Rice and Lucy Koenigsberger join the girls while Smalls, Higby and Williams join the boys’ team.

This event takes place in Hatfield on Sunday and the club wishes them the best of luck.

Four athletes travelled to Sheffield to represent the club at England Athletics National Indoor Championships, and all competed in the 60m sprint. For the three U15 athletes it was their first experience at this level of competition. Representing the girls, Rice ran a PB of 8.51 seconds.

For the boys, Smalls ran well in a fast heat, equalling his best time this year.

Williams beat his own club record, a fast 7.87 seconds, and just missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals.

Since they are all in their first year of this age group all three have already qualified to return next year and will do so with the valuable experience gained this year.

In the U20 Men competition Craig Brooks ran a strong race which was just outside his PB, running 7.51 seconds.