West Norfolk athlete Lucy hammers All England Schools brilliant bronze

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Lucy Koenigsberger struck bronze as five local athletes competed at Gateshead in the prestigious All England Schools Track and Field Championships, the largest athletic event in the country.

Ryston Runners athlete, Kate Willis, had been named as reserve for the Norfolk team.



Willis ran in the junior girls 800m and ran a creditable 2mins 23.65secs. Hannah Brown, also from Ryston, ran a very good 400m in Senior girls category and recorded a time of 59.6secs.

Rachel Chapman from West Norfolk AC ran in the Junior girls 75m Hurdles and in her first event of this magnitude ran 12.19secs in the heats.

Mason Higby, also from WNAC and competing in the Junior boys Discus event, managed a throw of 31.15 metres which although good he was disappointed with, he has many years to come in this event and will definitely improve.

The undoubted star of the West Norfolk-based squad was Lucy Koenigsberger from WNAC who had to wait until Saturday morning for her event. Koenigsberger launched the Hammer to 49.12 metres and with this finished in third position (bronze medal) in the Junior Girls Hammer. She can only improve as she gets older if she perseveres with the discipline.

l A number of WNAC athletes travelled to Sandy in Bedfordshire for the latest Eastern Young Athlete league, competing jointly with other Norfolk clubs.

Under 13 girl Amber Scott had a good day with two A string second places and a third. Scott ran 14.3 in the 100m, jumped 4.16m in the long jump and threw 7.09m in the shot. All of these performances are at a high level for this age group. Ella Scott ran 14.6 in the 100m and threw 15.99m in the discus and there was a welcome return to competition for Abigail Rice who ran 14.3 in the 100m.

Lucy Koenigsberger warmed up for English Schools with two fine victories in hammer (46.48m) and shot (9.96m) and also threw 19.16m in the discus.

Hannah Cant also threw the discus at 14.65m and ran 33.5 in the 200m. Rachel Chapman also prepared for English Schools with a hard fought 75m hurdles, placing second in 12.3. Emily Owen continues to improve and threw well in the hammer (25.21m) and discus (19.73m). Owen also jumped 3.96m in the long jump.

There was further throwing success in the U17 hammer with victory for Jude Falkner (37.35m) Falkner threw the javelin 18.23m and discus 19.73m.

Nasteho Ali is another improving athlete with runs in the 100m (16.31) and 200m (33.9). Hannah Greenhalgh ran a fine PB in the 100m (13.7) for third in the A string and then also jumped a triple jump best of 9.37m, also for A string third.

For the boys Ben Richards jumped a PB in the long jump (4.11m) and then cleared 1.35m in the high jump and ran 15.2 in the 100m. Harry Knight placed second in the hammer with 26.76m and threw 10.37 in the shot. Brother Arthur Knight placed third in the hammer (26.54m) and threw the discus 20.73m.

Charlie Williams returning from injury threw well in shot (10.01m), discus (24.27m) and javelin (27.08m) and brother Alfie Williams also performed well in the shot (9.83m). Alfie Williams’ best moment came in the 80m hurdles A string.

Having learned the event this year he powered through in a fine time and personal best of 14.1. Nathan Smalls performed excellently in the long jump (5.14m) and ran decent sprints (100m in 12.8 and 200m in 26.3). Many of the local athletes took part in relays, all performing well and scoring points for Norfolk.