Three more SW champions for North Somerset club

THREE more regional champions from North Somerset AC were crowned at the Inter-Counties event at Exeter Arena, making a total of 49 since affiliation in 2007.

THREE more regional champions from North Somerset AC were crowned at the Inter-Counties event at Exeter Arena, making a total of 49 since affiliation in 2007.

Ten athletes from North Somerset qualified to compete, and brought back 12 medals from this year's event.

Amongst many top performances, the best was Weston-based Under-13 multi-eventer Anicia Skeates. A personal best high jump of 1.52m not only won the gold medal, but also elevated her to No 2 ranking in the UK. Not content with this, Anicia won silver in the sprint hurdles and bronze in the long jump.

Gordano School student Cameron Coetzee is becoming a tough nut to crack for competitors. An exceptionally gritty performance saw him blow away the opposition and win the 1500m with apparent ease. The Under-15's work ethic will surely see him work his way into the top endurance runners in the country in the near future.


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A third gold was won by Backwell-based Ben Coghlan. Back from injury just two weeks earlier, the Bath University student fought triumphed in the Under-20 100m. This was backed up with a silver in the 200m, finishing just behind GB athlete Danny Talbot.

Katie Grinyer continued her march toward the top echelon with silver medals in the Under-13 200m and 800m. This rare combination of raw speed and aerobic capacity means the Clevedon-based athlete could feature heavily in English Schools championships in the next couple of years.

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Worle School's flyer Ash Pierson won bronze medals in the Under-17 100m and 200m. Ash has also just returned from injury, and this was a welcome bonus at the end of the season.

Weston's Sophie Thomas competed fiercely, narrowly missing out on medals in the 100m and 200m, but running a superb relay leg for the Under-13 girls' team.

Jake Fisher from Priory School was disappointed with his fifth placing in the Under-17 long jump, a victim of the difficult conditions.

Yatton's Kody Mortimer ran strongly, and was so close to winning a bronze medal in the Under-13 800m, as his storming sprint finish from way back just failed to get him over the line before the third medal athlete.

Gordano's Tash Osgood continues to impress with her improvement in the Under-15 200m evident. Extremely competitive throughout, Tash is another athlete who has the potential to win gold at next year's event with a good winter's training behind her.

Priory School's Ali Griffith has vowed to focus on the hurdles this year after a couple of unexpected personal bests toward the end of the season. A raw talent, particularly in the longer event, Ali hurdled excellently in the Under-17 100m hurdles.

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