Nath and Jord set for Exeter

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Chesterfield AC athletes Nathan Pentin and Jordan Spolding have been selected by Derbyshire Schools’ to represent the county in the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships at Exeter on September 17/18, writes Frank Gorman.

Chesterfield will then be providing half of the team of four U17 men to contest the event, which sees athletes compete in eight disciplines over two days, which are, in order: 1st day - long jump, discus, javelin, 400m; 2nd day - 100mH, high jump, shot and 1500m.

Fourteen CDAC athletes were selected to represent Derbyshire AA in the inaugural Northern Athletics U15/17 Inter-County match at Leigh, Lancashire, in which ten counties competed.

As each county could put two in each event, if they wished, this exceeded the number of available lanes, so many track events were run as separate heats with the results amalgamated for scoring purposes.

Results: U17M: Dominic Hare 2nd 100m ht 11.69s, 5th 100mH ht 16.08s, 7th long jump 5.85m; Jack Nemeth 4th 100m ht 12.08s, 10th discus 25.42m; Campbell Menzies 5th 400m ht 56.7s; Nathan Staniford 6th 800m ht 2:05.69; Jordan Spolding 5th pole vault 2.70m, 11th shot put 10.83m, 11th long jump 5.32m; Nathan Pentin 4th 100m 12.08s.

U17W: Katherine Scott 8th 80mH ht 12.54s, 8th long jump 4.76m; Lindsey Morgan 5th 400m ht 60.83s, 2nd 800m ht Lindsey Morgan 2:16.24.

U15G: Emma Schaanning 4th 75mH ht 12.1s; Ella Barrett 4th 100m ht 14.1s, 3rd 200m ht 28.3s; Lauren Wilson 6th 800m ht 2:38.50; Rebecca Herring 7th 800m ht 2:49.56; Alisha Collings 6th discus 22.17m, 12th shot putt 8.27m; Shannon Ashmore 12th discus 16.28m

As part of the Aviva sponsored ‘Startrack Week’ club sprints coach, Wayne Morant, is running a free athletics taster session on Tuesday, August 16, from 9am to noon at Tupton Hall School.

The scheme has been running for more than ten years, offering thousands of children - between the ages of eight and 15 - the chance to try out athletics with qualified coaches.

In order to book onto the session aspiring athletes should visit www.uka.org.uk/academy.