Eastbourne Rovers Track and Field athletes travelled to Crawley to compete in the Sussex Championships back to its original format over two days. Rovers came home with a haul of medals and many personal best performances.
Senior Shania Martlew showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heels as she blasted out of the blocks taking the gold medal in the 100m with 12.9secs, closely followed by training partner Eloise Martin who took the silver medal. Shania also brought home a silver medal in the 200m with 26.3.
One of the most outstanding runs of the second day came from Ilya Korchev who took the lead at halfway in the U15 boys 1500m race winning by a huge margin. Brian Brett is still a force to be reckoned with in the senior 1500m as he claimed another gold medal.
Josie Usher is transferring her skills from gymnastics into leaping over the high jump bar and took gold with 1m40. She then added a silver in the U 15 100m with a new personal best of 13.6secs.
Other silver medals came from U20 Sophie Hutchison in the 400m hurdles with a new best of 83secs, and U 17 Grace Wheeler who just missed out on dipping under 13secs for her 100m but was happy with her silver medal.
Oscar Mitzen, in his first race since the autumn due to time off with an injury, ran a well- judged 300m to clinch the silver medal in the U15 boys 300m in 42.22. He also took the bronze in the javelin.
Caitlyn Spencer had a busy weekend with heats and finals in the U17 300m and 200m. In the former she sprinted through over the last 30m to grab the bronze medal and bettered this the next day in the 200m with 27.07 knocking .6 off her previous best and taking home the silver medal.
U 20 Dylan Brudenell also tackled two sprints with the 100m and 200m. His best performance came in the later with a personal best of 23.65 and a bronze medal.
Ellie Mclean always puts in maximum effort in her 1500m runs and did not disappoint when she crossed the line in third place for another bronze medal in the U17 age group.
Jonah Messer and Joshua Webster built on their success in the U13 league with fantastic performances in the Under 13 Boys Minithon, a competition where athletes participate in three events, winning points in each one to give final totals. Jonah achieved 2nd place in the long jump, 1st in the shot put and 3rd in the 800m with a personal best of 2:35.84. This gave him the silver medal overall. Joshua followed closely behind, also with a personal best in the 800m (2:42.19)
Newcomer Freddie Coope came 4th in his U17 100m race in 13.8secs.
The middles distance events provided a host of personal bests with James Jewell in the U20 recording 4m13 and James Stephen 4:22.23 close behind. U17 Ben Brown clocked 4:28.8. U15 Freda Pearce and Raya Petrova also improved their times.
In the 800m Freda Pearce was again in action, with U17 Isabelle Chappell and U15 Katy Brown for more best performances.
Jemima Scott equalled her previous best in the 100m and improved her 200m to 30.4 secs.