Zoe Hughes broke one club record and came close to adding two others when placing second for Duke University in the Tobacco Road Challenge and Combined Events competition held in stormy conditions at Durham, North Carolina last weekend.
Her 13.41m shot putt PB added almost half a metre to her previous club record and she came within a whisker of setting a new club 100m hurdles best, as her 13.71s clocking was just outside Kate Cowley’s 13.7 club best from 2004.
Zoe’s other results were a 200m run of 25.35s, a long jump of 6.00m w/a, 1.64m high jump, and 32.60m javelin throw before her 2m 25.38s 800m run saw her total a new PB and UK lead of 5541 points, just 16 points shy of Kate’s club heptathlon record of 5557 points set in 2003.
It was her first heptathlon mark since 2017 and added almost 100 points to her previous best. (Pic Zoe Hughes)
The previous weekend Tom Pitkin moved up to third on the club all-time list and closer to Mark Bishop’s club record mark when he posted a new career best of 52.70s for 400m hurdles, to break the Butler University record that he had set the week before. Pitkin’s mark brought him victory at the Redbird Invitational meeting held in very unfavourable windy conditions at Normal Illinois.
There were tentative steps back to outdoor competition for some Club athletes at the Lee Valley and Blackheath Open at the weekend.
In bitterly cold conditions at Lee Valley on Saturday Under 17s Dan Peters and Maddie Barker opened their accounts in the 800m, as did Matthew Blacklock and Natalie Sewell in the 1500m. Paris King (U17W 100m) and Matthew Agnimel (Senior 200m) also started their 2021 campaigns. In better conditions on Sunday Kieran O’Hara, James Stewart and newcomer Richard Morris kicked off their season in the 1500m races at the Blackheath event at Bromley.