Herts' golden wonders

PUBLISHED: 14:29 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Phoenix athletes shine in Norwich

Phoenix athletes shine in Norwich

HERTS Phoenix athletes competed for the county s two Sportshall teams that were crowned champions of the regional competition in Norwich. The U13 boys and U15 girls both came out on top in their age groups in Norfolk and will now go on to compete in the U

HERTS Phoenix athletes competed for the county's two Sportshall teams that were crowned champions of the regional competition in Norwich.

The U13 boys and U15 girls both came out on top in their age groups in Norfolk and will now go on to compete in the UK Championships at the NEC in Birmingham next month.

WGC schoolgirl and Herts Phoenix athlete Katie Caulfield won gold in the standing long jump with her club colleague Emily Hatch claiming bronze for the U15 girls.

The Monk's Walk pupil also came fourth in the multi-event competition.

In winning the U15 girls' competition, the Herts team faced stiff competition from Norfolk and Essex and only won after the performances of the relay teams, one of which featured Hatch in the eight lap paarlauf.

Times Territory athletes who grabbed gold for the U13 boys were the Herts Phoenix trio of Courtney Clay, Harley Jacques and Richard Gill.

Clay took the high jump title after setting a new personal best of 1.52m.

Jacques eased to victory in the six lap race in a time of 1 minute 17.3 seconds.

As the youngest member of the team, Gill came first in the speed bounce with a score of 76.

Other team members from the WGC and Ware-based club included Conner Clarke and Simon Beavan.

The county's U13 girls' team finished in third place behind Essex and winners Norfolk.

The squad included Herts Phoenix member Isabella Cacciatore, who took bronze in the vertical jump. Club-mate Nelly Dalton was also in the Herts team.

The U15 boys' squad came home in fourth place with winners Essex dominating the event.

Nick McNaught, of Herts Phoenix, did take gold in the individual four lap race. He also claimed a second alongside club colleague Simon Wake in the eight lap paarlauf.

l At the other end of the age scale, Herts Phoenix stalwart Ian Miller struck gold in the Eastern Vets Championships at Picketts Lock.

The veteran thrower from Welwyn won the shot putt in his age group with a throw of 11.34m.

There were only eight competitors in the event.

He said: "It was the first throw since October last year, so I was quite pleased."

Miller will be competing in the Scottish Indoors Championships at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, this coming Saturday.

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