A record 16 D&T athletes meet entry standards for English Schools

Dacorum & Tring AC is celebrating a record number of selections for the English Schools Athletics Championships this weekend at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, with a total of 16 athletes meeting the ES entry standards – the highest number ever sent by the club to compete at the pinnacle of English school athletics.

Photo above shows, clockwise from left, Thomas Ashton, Ralph Williams, Dan Hopper, Amelia Woodnick, Amy Wright

Fifteen athletes from the U15 to U19 age groups met entry standards for the event and will compete for Hertfordshire, while one will represent Bedfordshire.

Our U17 athletes have shown their strength and breadth throughout the season, with a record eight members – four women and four men – achieving English Schools entry standard. Five U15s met the standards, which bodes well for the future of our junior squads, while three U20 athletes also made the cut.

Seven ES standards were achieved in the jumps, five in the sprint hurdles, four in the flat sprints, and two each in middle distance and throws.

Starting with our youngest members, three U15 girls and two U15 boys will be heading to Birmingham this weekend to compete against the country’s best. Mia McIntosh (pictured left, below, with U17s Amelia and Amy W) met entry standards at two races at the Herts Schools Championships last month: in the 100m with her PB of 12.55 and the 75m hurdles with her mark of 11.10 – a new club record for the event.

Lily Norwood also made the 100m cut with her time of 12.57, achieved at Herts Schools in June, and Katie Webb (pictured below) easily met the U15 standard of 27m for the discus, having thrown further than that a total of 12 times since April and achieving a PB of 33.92m at the first EYAL of the season.

For the boys, Thomas Ashton will compete in Birmingham after jumping 3.15m in the pole vault at Herts Schools, and Joseph Chamberlain (pictured below) will line up for the 1500m after achieving a PB and new club record of 4.19.7 at Oxford last month.

The U17s have been setting new PBs and breaking club records all season, and all eight of the squad bound for Birmingham have outdone themselves in competition so far this summer.

Marli Jessop (pictured below) will travel to Birmingham after running 11.59 in the 80m hurdles in Bromley in May, which not only smashed the ES standard of 12.00 for Intermediate Girls, but also earned her National Standard in the event. Her time was a new club record, and her sixth club hurdles record of the year to date.

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Joining her in the 80m hurdles is Amelia Woodnick after she clocked 11.83 at the Herts Schools Championships in June. Also on the 80m hurdles start line will be combined event specialist Milly Gall (pictured below), who achieved a PB of 11.9 at the ESAA South East Schools Combined Events Championships last month. Milly also met the ES standard in the long jump with her leap of 5.44m at the Herts Schools Championships in June, a mark she equalled at the Southern U17 8 Match on the weekend.

Amy Wright will go to Birmingham as one of the top U17 hammer throwers in the country after achieving a PB and outright club best of 48.10 at the D&T Hammer Competition held last month at Jarman Park.

On the men’s side, Destiny Ogali (pictured below) has burst onto the scene in his first year at the club, meeting entry standards for both the 100m and the 200m sprints. Destiny smashed the ES entry standard of 11.20 for the 100m with his time of 10.85, achieved at Herts Schools, and which vaulted him to joint fourth in the Power of 10 rankings for 2018, and he did similar damage to the 200m standard, sprinting to a new club record of 22.09, also at Herts Schools, and in the process achieving the seventh fastest time of the year so far in the UK.


Star hurdler Ralph Williams earned his ES stripes with his Herts Schools time of 13.60 in the 100m hurdles, a mark which places him ninth in the country and which gave him a new club record for the event – his fifth club record so far this year.

Josh Woods (pictured below) made it a double in the jumps, meeting ES standards for the U17 men in both long jump and triple jump. His PB of 6.81m, achieved at the UK YDL match in Bromley in May, was well beyond the ES standard for Intermediate Boys of 6.40, while his triple jump mark of 13.86m, at the EYAL in Ware in May put him well out in front of the entry standard of 13.20m.

Finally, Kristian Imroth will compete in the U17 men’s 1500m steeplechase after smashing the ES entry standard by nearly five seconds at the UKYDL match in May. Kristian, who has since moved on to compete for Shaftesbury Barnet, bettered that time with his 4.23.26 achieved last weekend at the Southern U17 8 Counties match, a time which shot him up to first in the UK rankings, and he will surely be a favourite to win the title in Birmingham.

High jump specialist and U19 athlete Amy Thurgood won her English Schools entry standard with her leap of 1.68m, achieved at the SAL match at Perivale in May, and she will be the sole member of the squad representing Bedfordshire in Birmingham this weekend.


Dan Hopper and Tom Wright  also met U19 ES standards in jumping events; Dan secured his place in the long jump with his mark of 6.84m, achieved at the Herts Championships in May and he has since gone on to better that mark with 6.90m at the SAL match in Perivale and a wind-assisted 7.13 at the South of England AA U20 Championships in Bedford last month.

Tom (pictured below), for his part, met ES entry standard for the U19 men’s high jump with his leap of 1.95m at the Herts Indoor County Champs in March, but sadly won’t be able to compete in Birmingham as he’ll be on holiday.

Well done, all of you, from all of us – we’ll be cheering for you this weekend!

Age GroupAthleteEventES Entry Standard2018 PBPower of 10 Rank
*Transferred to Shaftesbury Barnet. All Power of 10 rankings to July 10.
Junior GirlsMia McINTOSH100m12.7012.5516
Junior GirlsMia McINTOSH75m hurdles11.7011.102
Junior GirlsLily NORWOOD100m12.7012.5718
Junior GirlsKatie WEBBDiscus27.00m33.92m4
Junior BoysThomas ASHTONPole vault3.05m3.15m15
Junior BoysJoseph CHAMBERLAIN1500m4.
Intermediate GirlsMarli JESSOP80m hurdles12.0011.336
Intermediate GirlsAmelia WOODNICK80m hurdles12.0011.8330
Intermediate GirlsMilly GALL80m hurdles12.0011.9034
Intermediate GirlsMilly GALLLong jump5.35m5.44m35
Intermediate GirlsAmy WRIGHTHammer throw48.00m48.10m23
Intermediate BoysDestiny OGALI100m11.2010.854
Intermediate BoysDestiny OGALI200m22.8022.097
Intermediate BoysRalph WILLIAMS100m hurdles14.0013.609
Intermediate BoysJosh WOODSLong jump6.40m6.816
Intermediate BoysJosh WOODSTriple jump13.20m13.86m4
Intermediate BoysKristian IMROTH*1500m steeplechase4.
Senior GirlsAmy THURGOODHigh jump1.66m1.68m24
Senior BoysDan HOPPERLong jump6.80m6.90m16
Senior BoysTom WRIGHTHigh jump1.95m1.95m21

The Junior Girls and Boys age group covers athletes 13 years and under 15 years of age on August 31st, 2018.

The Intermediate Girls and Boys age group covers athletes 15 years and under 17 years of age on August 31st, 2018.

The Senior Girls and Boys age group covers athletes 17 years and under 19 years of age on August 31st, 2018.

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.