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  • In all the excitement over Jack Turner's and Ollie Thorner's performances in the decathlon, it was missed that at the same Conference USA Championship meeting, U23 long and triple jumper Ore Adamson, who attends the same university as Turner and Thorner, leaped an outdoor SB of 6.22m (+1.9) in the long jump to win the competition. All four of her registered efforts were over 6m and three of them were beyond 6.15m, easily her most consistent series in a long jump contest.

    She then followed that up with victory in the triple jump on Sunday, which included a new outdoor PB jump of 12.69m (+0.9) in the third round, marginally improving on the 12.65m she produced back in 2021. (Adamson has an indoor PB of 12.80m set in February this year.)


    • More NCAA performances of note during the weekend that featured U20 and U23 UK athletes that haven't been mentioned yet:

      BIG 10 Championships | Bloomington, Indiana | May 12 - May 14th

      Women's Javelin final

      4. Elizabeth Korczak Iowa (U23) - 49.40m SB. Her best throw since setting her lifetime best of 50.38m in 2021, on the way to the European U20s in Tallinn and an 11th placed finish. Still short of the 2023 European U23 Q standard of 54.00m.

      Men's 800m 1st round - Heat 1

      2. Henry Johnson Michigan (U23) - 1:50.16. The 8th placed athlete at the 2021 European U20 800m final, Johnson missed out on a place in this BIG 10 Conference 800m final by just 3000ths of a second. Only the winning athlete in each of the 4 heats was guaranteed a place in the final along with 4 non-auto qualifiers. The opening heat ended up being a slow, tactical affair with a last lap burn up and Johnson, by the width of a vest, missed out on that automatic spot to Seth Eliason of Minnesota. Unlucky.

      BIG EAST Outdoor Championships | Villanova, Pennsylvania | May 10 - May 13th

      Women's 1500m final

      1. Shannon Flockhart Providence (U23) - 4:14.46. (Heat 1 - 4:25.86) Narrowly missed out on the European U23 qualifying standard of 4:14.00. The 21 year old from Cambridge finished a credible 7th at last year's NCAA Div 1 Championship 1500m final, aged 20. Also set her current PB of 4:10.80 last year. A new name for me, since before 2021 she had mostly concentrated on cross country as an U20 before joining Providence in 2021, where she has raced more on the track.

      Pac-12 Championships | Walnut, California | May 12 - May 14th

      Men's 10,000m final

      2. Charles Hicks Washington (U23) - 28:25.12

      Women's 400m - Final

      5. Yemi Mary John USC (U23) - 51.83. (Heat 1 - 52.52) Equal fourth fastest ever run from Mary John as she advances into the inter-conference round of NCAA competition. Will be looking to break her 51.50 PB set when winning the World U20 gold soon.

      Men's 100m final

      6. Louis Hinchcliffe Washington State (U23) - 10.52 (-1.1). (Heat 1 - 2nd 10.25 (+0.3)) Disappointing final run after a promising heat that was close to his recent 10.22 PB.

      Women's Shot Put final

      9. Nana Gyedu Washington State (U23) - 15.62m. Just a centimetre shy of her PB.

      Women's Long Jump final

      3. Temi Ojora USC (U23) - 6.36m (+2.7). (Legal wind - 6.25m (+1.7))

      Women's Triple Jump final

      2. Temi Ojora - 13.55m (1.7). A good weekend for Ojora siblings as younger sister Temi jumped well in the long and triple to continue her good form. 6.25m is the 2nd longest in her fledgling career, while the triple jump distance is in her top 10 all time,

      Women's High Jump final

      2. Allie Routledge Colorado (U23) - 1.81m. Equal outright PB

      Mountain West Championship | Fresno, California | May 11 - May 13th

      Women's 800m - Heat 2

      3. Rebecca Grieve New Mexico (U20) - 2:12.13

      Big-12 Outdoor Championships | Norman, Oklahoma | May 12 - May 14th

      Women's 400m final

      9. Nayanna Dubarry-Gay Texas Tech (U23) - 53.80. (Heat 2 - 53.54 SB)
      Last edited by RunUnlimited; 16-05-23, 14:18.


      • U/20 hurdler/sprinter Noah Hanson 200m pb 21.46(1.7).


        • Ines Fitzgerald gets the Euro standard for 1500 as well with a 4.20.19 at the Devon champs.


          • Iris Downes, after her brave yet unsuccessful attempt to get the Euro U20 qualifying standard last week in Birmingham, manages it last night following a 4th placed finish at the BMC Gold Standard meeting in Trafford, Manchester. Her 2:05.24, as well as been a Q time, is also the 3rd fastest time Downes has managed over the distance.

            That makes it 3 U20s who have managed the standard so far - Abigail Ives, Ella Greenway (who's mark was set during the indoor season) and now Downes - and that's before we've even seen the likes of Phoebe Gill, Ava Lloyd and Eleanor Colbourne run an 800m outdoors this season.

            Crossing the line with Downes, U23 Molly Hudson took nearly 3 seconds off her previous best to record a new PB, also of 2:05.24, not far off the 2:03.00 Q time for the Euro U23s.


            • Loop-guru
              Loop-guru commented
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              Glad to see Iris get the standard. With her 2:04 pb it was always going to come. Now she has laid that bogey to rest could we see 2:02 at the sharp end of the season. I was impressed with that first lap commitment when she missed out even though she obviously overcooked it.

          • In the Trafford BMC meeting last night there was 4 that managed to attain the 1500M standard of 3:48:20 for the European U20's. In the "A" race Conan Harper ran 3:45:62, Tendai Nyabadza ran 3:46:77 & Evan Savage ran 3:47:17. Another U20 Andrew McGill ran away with the "B" race clocking 3:46:32. All four set PBs with Conan, Evan & Andrew knocking around 5 seconds off their old times.
            Last edited by Loop-guru; 17-05-23, 12:24.


            • In Trafford again two new pbs over 3000M in a mixed race for Eloise Walker 8:52:08 (4 sec pb) and Alexandra Millard 8:58:93 (17 second pb).


              • Belated county championship reports (due to the Kent County Champs nor the Greater Manchester area being on the Roster Athletics page at all)

                Kent County T&F Championships 2023 | May 13 - May 14th

                Men's 400m final (Sen & U23)

                1. Sam Reardon (U23) - 47.18 (Heat 1 - 47.15 SB) Impressive outing for last year's World U20 800m 5th placer. Easily his fastest 400m time this early in an outdoor season. The European U23 standard for the 400m is 46.30.

                2. George Seery (U23) - 48.07 Outright PB (Heat 1 - 48.39 Was outdoor PB before final) Before this year, Seery had never run under 49 seconds for 400m flat, indoors or out and his PB was 49.09. In the space of 5 months (indoor season included), he's taken almost a full second off that time. This newfound flat speed has no doubt aided the 400m hurdler in taking huge chunks out of his best times in that event, which is precisely what Seery would go on to do in the 400m hurdles final the following day (a performance that has been already mentioned in this thread).

                Men's 100m final (U20)

                1. Leo Godfrey - 10.90 (+1.2) PB. (Euro U20Q = 10.50, England CWYG Q = 10.70)

                Men's 110m Hurdles final (U20)

                1. Daniel Goriola - 13.78 (+0.2) SB, EU20Q. In just his third ever run over the 99cm barriers outdoors, and having come off an indoor which saw him climb to 6th on the UK all time list for U20 60m hurdles, Goriola came within 0.02 of his own PB and snuck the exact same amount of time under the European U20 qualifying standard to boot. A great way to start his outdoor campaign, and he goes top of the UK U20 standings and 4th in Europe, in an event that is gearing up to be one of the most competitive on both domestic and European fronts this year.

                Men's Discus final (U20 - 1.75kg)

                1. Timi Babatunde - 50.77m. (Euro U20Q = 55.00m)

                Men's Hammer final (U20 - 6kg)

                1. Kai Barham - 66.12m PB. (Euro U20Q = 70.00m). Last year's EU18 finalist, in only his 2nd ever competition throwing the 6kg hammer, Kai Barham opens his first season as an U20 athlete with a 6 meter improvement to his personal best.

                Men's 200m final (U20)

                1. Dylan Purton - 21.67 (+0.2) PB. (Heat 2 - 22.2h (-1.0)) (Euro U20Q = 21.20). A new name to me, Purton took over 4/10ths off his lifetime best in winning this race and is now within touching distance of the EU20 qualifying time. He'd also won the 400m final the previous day in 48.69.

                Men's 100m Hurdles final (U17 - 91.4cm)

                1. Rayhan Mourtada - 12.99 (+1.6) CBP. A massive PB by over 4/10ths of a second in the space of one race. That suggests he'll be able to convert that to the higher hurdles and longer races in the U18 110m hurdles, though predicting how youth hurdlers will progress is notoriously unpredictable.

                Men's 400m Hurdles final (U17 - 84cm)

                1. Rayhan Mourtada - 54.69 PB (CWYG Q = 53.50). Just like in the 100m hurdles, this was a massive PB - by nearly 2 seconds - in only Mourtada's 3rd ever competitive race in the 400m hurdles (56.36 previous PB from three weeks ago). At this current rate of improvement, the 1.19 second gap between this PB and the Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying standard could be overcome in a single race. One to monitor.

                2. Cheyne West - 54.70 PB. Another massive lifetime best. West's first ever 400m hurdles race was at the same championships on almost the same day. His time then? 62.47. Two months later at the English Schools, he'd lower that PB to 56.47, exactly 6 seconds improvement. He's now taken nearly another 2 seconds off that time since the beginning of his outdoor season in mid-April. Another who's progress is worth monitoring.

                Women's 400m final (U20)

                1. Charlotte Henrich - 55.83 SB. (Euro U20Q = 54.20) EU18 400m champion has already lowered her season's best by over a second in the space of three races over a month and a half period. She also set a 200m PB in this meeting that was already mentioned in this thread. What wasn't mentioned was that Henrich's 200m performance was also a Kent County championship age group best too.

                Women's Shot Put final (U20)

                1. Cleo Agyepong - 14.68m Outdoor SB (threw 14.75 indoors). (Euro U20Q = 14.80). Last year's EU18 shot put champion Agyepong inches closer to the European U20 standard and is currently ranked 6th in Europe for the age group.

                Women's Discus final (U20)

                1. Zara Obamakinwa - 49.05m (Euro U20Q = 49.00m). Obamakinwa makes that 4 competitions out of 4 where she has thrown beyond the EU20 qualifying standard. Her 52.82m PB thrown at the European Throwing Cup in March still ranks as the 3rd best by a European U20 so far this year.

                Women's Triple Jump (U17)

                1. Qi-Chi Ukpai - 12.10m PB, =CBP. (UK U17 2023 Lead). First year U17 Ukpai is a multi-talented athlete and could be one to watch in the heptathlon. She also competed in the high jump (2. 1.65m) and 200m (3. 25.58 PB by over 1.5 sec). She's also thrown the 500g javelin 22.26m in her very first attempt in April, and set outdoor PBs in long jump (5.17m) and shot put (10.89m). An intriguing prospect, who is currently under the guidance of John Herbert (jumps) and Alex Pope (multi events).
                Last edited by RunUnlimited; 17-05-23, 17:39.


                • Occasional Hope
                  Occasional Hope commented
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                  They do seem to have a strong crop of juniors in Kent at the moment.

              • Had a quick scan of the CC results, and what stands out are the poor standards in junior men jumps. The throws for U/20 are in better shape. A lot of junior CC TJ have only 1 competitor who are jumping circa 11m.
                Yet these sprint nights at Lea Valley, Stratford and Dagenham have hordes of young talent running 11 sec which won't get them very far in sprinting, yet with a gentle nudge from a coach or a visit from past athletes to inspire them, they could have a great career. We have the world record holder in the TJ , a visit from him to these venues would be transformative. Maybe he makes those visits already, but I never see any PR from BA.


                • RunUnlimited
                  RunUnlimited commented
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                  It's depressing to note that the country that gave the world Jonathan Edwards and Phillips Idowu, has such a paucity of talent coming through in the triple jump in the year's since their respective retirements.

                  Promising junior after promising junior either fail to advance much beyond 15.50m going into their senior years, or drop out of the sport completely, usually from a combo of repeated injury and disillusionment.

                  How we fix that is going to be difficult. Women's TJ has only recently emerged from its slumber in this country as Naomi Ogbeta finally started to show what her youthful promise was capable of last year, and even then, outside of Temi Ojora currently in the NCAA, there isn't any depth following up behind.

                  Seeing Hibbert casually hop-skip-jumping off a 12 step runup into an enormous 17.87m WJR at 18 years old, then seeing our top junior exponents struggling to breach the 14.80s, really puts things into perspective. Even if you discount a potential once-in-a-lifetime talent like Hibbert, the world wide standard at a junior level is several stages ahead of what we have in Britain.

              • I think a lot of younger sprinters only try sprinting, which is a shame. The youngsters who attend the BFT Academy sessions for instance only get sprint coaching, no jumps or anything else.


                • RunUnlimited
                  RunUnlimited commented
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                  Exactly this. Don't get me wrong, the BFT Academy as a whole is a great idea and it clearly works on getting young people wanting to get active, and getting the more serious among them more involved in athletics as a potential profession.... but as you say OH, this seems like a big missed opportunity to have other events apart from sprinting being given a chance to be looked at too.

                  Carterhatch has been always mentioning the need for talent identification from sports that are outside athletics and how poorly our governing body does at doing that job... Well, talent identification *within* athletics itself is probably just as big an issue.

                  You have scads of sprinters going to the BFT, hoping to be better sprinters - yet the vast majority of them are never going to crack anything beyond 10.50/11.70 in the 100m, 21.80/24.50 in the 200m. But there *may* be several long and triple jumpers who could put that speed to go use on the lj/tj runway... Or put that obvious leg strength into the high jump. Hell, Shaunna Thompson shows that you can go from being a promising teen sprinter into a decent shot putter!

                  This isn't rocket science sports admins.... the talent *is* there. You just have to have the foresight and wit to make use of the resources that you have, and use them smartly.

              • Phoebe Gill opens her season with a new pb 2:03:09 at Watford running solo according to Ian Hodge so much more to come I suspect.


                • trevorp
                  trevorp commented
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                  Agree completely with Paul. Jess Judd may not have realised all her early potential, but she stuck at the sport she obviously loves and she seems to have a very healthy approach to sport and life in general. She is admirable. Mentioning her early success reminded me of Charlotte Moore, another chapter in the 'What If...' tome.

                • Occasional Hope
                  Occasional Hope commented
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                  Oh yes, I’ve got a lot of time for Jess, but it’s fair to say we had hoped for more when she was so good so young.

                • Loop-guru
                  Loop-guru commented
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                  Charlotte Moore is back! Charlotte Penfold (nee Moore), who ran 1:59.75 aged 17 in the 2002 Commonwealth Games 800m final, won the Clive Cookson 10k yesterday in 34:45.

              • Natasha Phillips, just 18, runs a very impressive 33.00 on the roads at 10K.


                • Surrey County T&F Championships 2023 | May 13 - May 14th

                  Women's 100m final (U20)

                  1. Jennifer Eduwu - 11.82 (-1.5) (Heat 1 - 11.79 (-0.9)) PB, CBP. (Euro U2Q = 11.65). Had not run under 12 seconds before May 7th this year (11.88 - Coronation Games).


                  • On the Roster Athletics page, they are now starting to show the provisional entry lists and line ups for most of the races.

                    Thea Brown, the exciting multi event talent, and who until this weekend led the European U18 rankings for 100m hurdles with 13.66, will be competing against another good U18 hurdler and multi event exponent, Sophie Lisk. With no heptathlon on the event schedule at the Commonwealth Youth Games, it'll likely be the hurdles that they will be aiming to compete at in Trinidad & Tobago.. Brown already has the Q time for that, but Lisk's recent 14.17 PB is still short of the 13.80 she needs.


                    • In 2nd place behind the excellent PB run and victory from German Konstantin Wedel in 28:51.24, British U23 Tomer Tarragano, recent winner of the BUCS 10,000m title, smashed his PB with 29:19.21, a 15 second improvement, and not only that, he went under the European U23 qualifying time too!