King’s Lynn athletics club produces two triple county champions
West Norfolk Athletic Club produced two Triple County Champions at the Sportshall Finals held at the UEA in Norwich last weekend.
Matas Petreikis and Bec Johnson were both at the top of their game as each club member put in some scintillating performances.
As a result of their exploits, not only did the club have a string of district champions, many others achieved a string of podium finishes.
The finals were single entry, allowing athletes to choose which track and field events they wanted to compete in.
The U11 boys had a fantastic day with Petreiki winning the two loop hurdles (26.2), long jump (2.08m) and vertical jump (48cm).
Petreikis also competed in the two-lap race and finished seventh in a large field.
Teammate Harrison Lesniak earned a deserved bronze in the triple jump with 5.15m, was sixth in the long jump (1.80m), eighth in the two rounds with 26.3 and eleventh in the four rounds (58.6).
Luke Anderson won the county breast kick with a throw of 6.25 m and reached both finals in the two- and four-round rounds, finishing sixth in each with 25.9 and 56.1, respectively.
All three boys have been selected to represent Norfolk in the Sportshall regional final that month.
Sofia Gilboy had a fantastic day for the U-11 girls with personal bests or close in all four events – her best position was fifth in the vertical jump by a large 40cm,
Gilboy also finished eighth in the chest press with 4m, 10th in the two-round hurdles with 30.5 and 16th in the two-rounds, again a full field, with 28.8.
The U13 girls again had a great turnout, all experienced Sportshall professionals and all a very versatile and talented squad.
Myley Gilboy demonstrated her sprint skills in her first U13 year with a ninth place in the four-man round (57.6) and a 14th place in the two-man round (26.3) – again an absolutely huge field of runners.
Jess Lawrence just missed out on medals in the six rounds, finishing fourth with a 94.4 and again finishing exactly fifth in the long jump with 2m.
She placed 16th in the two rounds with a 26.6 and ninth in the speed bounce with a 58.
Katie Cawson also came close to the podium with 6.14 for fourth, eighth in the triple jump (5.11) and 13th in both the two and four rounds with 26.1 and 60.8.
Anya Faithorn showed her prowess in all show jumping disciplines, with a brilliant second place in the long jump with a 2.14, and was just short of the medals as fourth in the triple jump with a great 6.04 and fifth in both the vertical jump and speed bounce with 46 and 73.
Mia Lesniak also finished second with a massive 8.16 on the podium.
She followed in fourth place in the vertical jump with 46, sixth in the triple jump with 5.53 and eleventh in the two-round jump with 25.8.
Both Mia and Bec Johnson are representing Norfolk in the Regional Sportshall Finals this month.
Johnson joined Matas in coming home as a three-time district champion with some impressive performances.
Johnson picked up wins in the two-round jump (23.7), long jump (2.27), and vertical jump (56), as well as third place in the triple jump (6.31).
The U15 boys also had a great day and both boys earned a district medal.
The improving Herbie Gray won bronze in the long jump with a 2.16, and Charlie Broad continues to throw impressively with a 9.86 in the shot for second and third in the speed bounce with a 77.
Gray also finished fifth in the two-round and four-round (23.8) and (50.6) and fourth in speed bounce with 74. Broad will also soon be representing Norfolk.
Good luck to all the athletes in the regional finals and kudos as each one represented their club brilliantly throughout the Sportshall season.