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Gallagher takes U20 record as 400m lives up to top billing

Gallagher takes U20 record as 400m lives up to top billing
21 May
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In stark contrast to the first event of the series, the sun was beating down for the second fixture of the Intertrust Track & Field Challenge. The women’s 400m looked to be the standout event in terms of the island’s elite athletes, and it certainly lived up to that billing as five local athletes dipped below 60sec and Indi Gallagher set a new Guernsey U20 record.

Gallagher, running in lane 4, was initially reigned in by fellow Commonwealth Youth Games bound Sophie Porter in lane 3. However the former came through strongly to erase multiple Island Games champion Kimberley Goodall’s record with a new PB of 57.82sec. Porter held on to go sub-59sec with 58.89 ahead of surprise package Hannah Lesbirel’s 59.28. The 200m specialist ran a measured first half of the race and finished strongly. Jasmine Norman and Becca Toll both recorded significant PB’s with 59.50 and 59.93 respectively – ahead of middle distance athlete Eliza Mason who went close to the 60sec barrier with 60.22 – a big improvement from the previous season and an indication that she could be involved with the Island Games 4x400m squad should heats be required.

One of the Island’s fastest over 400m this year has been Amelia Lees, but she went in her age-group long sprint of 300m this time and was also in PB form. Her time of 41.96 was her first time under 42sec and a big step forward from her performances at the Hampshire Championships. Like Lesbirel, sprinter Abi Galpin stepped up in distance to stunning effect. She pushed her training partner Lees all the way and her time of 42.28 on her 300 debut is only 0.28sec from a national age-group championships entry standard. It remains to be seen if she will attempt the distance again given that she was in outstanding form in her favoured event the 100m at Hampshire last weekend where she took the title.

The men’s long sprint saw Jerseyman Sam Dawkins take the honours with a solid 49.64, ahead of experienced sprinter Josh Allaway who clocked 51.12. Emerging prospect Peter Curtis took another big step forward as he came in third with 51.58sec – inferring more to come in his new favoured event the 400m hurdles.

Though it was a bright sunny day, the persistent south-easterly winds inhibited the sprinters in the 100m and the hurdle events and didn’t seem to be very useful to the 1500m athletes either. Warwick Helps took the victory in the 1500 with a strong 4:29.82 and it was pleasing to see large cohorts of youngsters attempting the metric mile.

The 100m did see some impressive performances given the headwinds as Harry Burns posted 11.53 (-1.6) and 11.60 (-3.0) on the men’s side, with Vicky Mann winning round 1 with 13.25 (-2.4) and Hannah Lesbirel round 2 with 13.33 (-4.7) for the women.

Away from the track there were PB’s all over the place for the youngsters taking part, the oldest being Tom Brierley who continues his steady progress in the discus with 31.51. In the long jump, amongst other PB performances, Ben Solway (U15) leapt a wind-assisted 4.78 and Vicky Hancock (U13) 4.34m.

Full results available below.

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