Guernsey came away from Footes Lane with all but one of the trophies on offer. The one that got away was the U13 girls competition – but if the young girls need any inspiration to change this result next year they seemingly need to look no further than their older female counterparts.
The winning margins in the U15 and U17 female categories were 48 and 56 respectively, in both cases the girls achieved double the score of Jersey. Though Jersey’s team was slightly depleted, the margin of victory is indicative of the vast depth of talent available to Guernsey in those age groups.
Clearly the boys are not faring too badly either – they did after all take victory in all three age categories – and there are some obvious stand out names such as Alastair Chalmers.
The day was about more than just beating Jersey as many of the older, more experienced athletes on display set about continuing to build their seasons. Sophie Porter certainly set the tone early on as she set a significant PB in the 300m hurdles following her early season success in the flat event. Her time of 46.09sec was not only a new record but given the adverse windy conditions represented her ability to drop at least into the 45sec range before too long. Jasmine Norman was similarly impressive given the conditions in the flat event, clocking a new best of 41.98sec to secure a spot at the national U17 England Champs in August where she will hope to challenge her training partner, Indi Gallagher.
Gallagher herself posted a quick 200m time against a 2-3m/s headwind on the bend – stopping the clock at 26.45sec, following training partner Amelia Lees’ victory in the U15 with 26.86sec.
Joe Chadwick was impressive in the U15 boy’s sprints – but saved his best for the high jump. 1.74m means that he too can look forward to a national champs at the end of August if he so wishes – and he may yet find the couple of tenths he needs to go there for the sprints as well.
The event certainly proved a morale booster for Chadwick and the same can be said of fellow jumper Alice Hunt. She matched her recent school performance of 1.56m in the U15 high jump, and went on to take two more victories in the long and triple jumps. In the latter, she came within 4cm of the record and elevated herself to 5th in the UK rankings. Naturally she too now has the opportunity to compete nationally in August.
Finally there were plenty of records tumbling in the relay events, including the U17 women who went close to matching their Island Games bronze medal-winning time as they build up to their debuts at the English Schools in 2 weeks time. The U15 girls also decimated their record and in the process went inside the entry standard for the English Schools, unfortunately too late for 2016 consideration.