Young athletes on track to make their mark at nationals

Dacorum & Tring pole vaulter James Weller in action at the Herts Schools County Athletics Championships. Picture by Gary Mitchell.
Dacorum & Tring pole vaulter James Weller in action at the Herts Schools County Athletics Championships. Picture by Gary Mitchell.

Young athletes from Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club put in some top performances at the Herts Schools County Athletics Championships.

Speedster Chenna Okoh led the way in the U15 boys’ category, taking the 200m title in 23.8 seconds – securing the minimum qualifying standard for next month’s ESAA English Schools national championships.

Not done there, the sprint starlet won the 300m in 37.3 seconds, which was an even more impressive national standard time.

He will be looking to add to his growing reputation at the championships in Birmingham next month

James Weller also secured the ESAA minimum standard in the U17 boys’ pole vault with a personal best of 4m, while Josh Brown won silver in the U17 boys’ discus with a throw of 31.15m.

On the girls’ side, combined events specialist Coco Day won the U15 girls’ long jump with a leap of 4.94m and Talia Morton-Kemsley won the U13 girls’ high jump.

Away from the track, Dacorum & Tring AC runners notched up some impressive results on the road, with Jess Tanner scoring a personal best of 1 hour 52 minutes in the Loughborough Half Marathon.

Closer to home, Steve Russell ran his first ever half marathon in an impressive time of 1:46 at the St Albans Half on Sunday.