When news happens, text AND and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Andover two on national duty
1:43am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Other Sport
Two of Andover AC’s talented multi-eventers represented Hampshire at the English Schools Combined Events Championships held at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
Holly Mills was part of the Junior Girls (U15) Pentathlon team while Alice Boughton was competing as an individual in the Senior Girls (U20) Heptathlon.
With most of the best athletes in England taking part both knew it was going to be tough to make an impact, especially for Holly who was one of a handful of bottom age girls in the field of 39.
Alice was in action over both days and produced solid performances in all four events. A 100m hurdles of 16.35secs, high jump of 1.55m, shot putt 8.47m and a 200m of 28.11secs saw her tenth overnight.
On day two she produced a new PB in the long jump (4.91m) and the second best javelin throw of 33.45m.
The final event was the 800m where Alice produced her best time this season of 2:38 mins. At the end of the two days Alice finished 11th out of 31 with a season’s best points total of 4,067.
Holly Mills was in action on day two and was seeded to run in the first heat of the 75m hurdles where she produced a new PB of 11.76secs - the fourth best time of the day.
However, the next event was a bitter disappointment where a poor shot putt saw her drop to 20th. For the 3high jump Holly was in the bottom pool as over half the field had jumped in excess of 1.50m this season.
Despite struggling in recent weeks her solid best jump of 1.45m equalled her current outdoor PB.
The long jump is Mills’ strongest event and a best of 5.05m saw her move up to 18th place going into the final event, the 800m.
A solid run of 2:38 was enough to move her up another five places to finish 13th with 2,734 (44 points behind her PB and only 27 points behind a top ten finish).
The other three members of the Hampshire team, Katya Oldfield (fifth, 2,999), Sophie Ridley (15th, 2,703) and Iona Sheerin (27th, 2,450) all produced PB point totals and with the best three individual scores making up the aggregate team total, Hampshire finished more than 400 points ahead of the other counties to be crowned English Schools Champions.
Both Andover girls should be proud of their performances at the end of what has been a long hard season.