Chadwick sets new U17 200m record
JOE CHADWICK ran an excellent 22.34sec. to set a new Guernsey under-17 200 metre record at the Southern U17 Eight Counties match at Lee Valley.
This gave the rising sprint star a convincing victory over Sussex athlete Moyo Sargeant (22.60), chipping seven-hundredths off his previous best that he set in winning January’s Scottish Athletics Indoor Championships.
Chadwick was understandably pleased with his performance, which leaves him lying just outside the top 20 in the highly competitive UK age-group rankings.
‘Running a personal best is always good, and to come away with the win as well was amazing,’ he said afterwards.
‘It was a difficult day to run on because of the temperature, but overall [still] a great day.’
Chadwick was certainly the stand-out performer among the four Sarnian athletes representing Hampshire at the weekend, but all of them made valuable contributions towards the county’s overall bronze in the annual clash.
Among the others, Amelia Lees was only marginally outside her best over 300m as she ran 41.95 to take fifth place in a quick race won by Kent county champion Holly Mpassy.
Isaac Powers was Guernsey’s sole distance competitor and could not quite muster top form in the 800m, nevertheless coming home in seventh place with a decent 2-04.95 as a cluster of athletes dipped under the two-minute mark.
Meanwhile, top junior hurdler Rhiannon Dowinton was competing at the bottom end of the age group and put in a pair of solid performances in her respective ‘B’ races.
She managed to take second in the 300m hurdles, although she remained outside her best with a 46.84 clocking, together with taking fourth in the 80m sprint hurdles with a PB performance of 12.23.
Hampshire took third in the standings at the end of the day, settling just behind second-placed Kent and the winning Sussex team.