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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Double triumph leaves Scott jumping for joy

PRUDHOE teenager Scott Hall leaped his way into the record books by becoming double Northern Area champion.

Scott Hall won both the long jump and triple jump titles.

The 18-year-old set two new championship best performances in two days with excellent displays in both the U20 triple jump and U20 long jump at this weekend’s Northern Athletics Championships, held in Sheffield.

Hall recorded a personal best of 14m and 72cm in the triple jump before adding another PB in the long jump the following day with a whopping 7m and 20cm.

The double success follows a bronze medal in the triple jump at the English Schools’ Athletics Association Track and Field Championships in the summer.

He said: “I am over the moon and I couldn’t sleep that night because I couldn’t get my head around what I had done!

“I was constantly smiling and I was so excited because I just didn’t expect it at all.

“It hadn’t sunk in but my dad kept texting saying ‘You are double championship record holder’. But it is still hard to believe!”

Hall went into day one of the championships feeling great physically, but not mentally, so he was unsure of how he would cope.

After a foul and a jump of 14.23 in his favoured event of triple, he surprised everyone, including himself, with an enormous 14.72 to set a new championship record.

“I wasn’t feeling great going into the jump and I didn’t realise how big it was at first.

“I was buzzing when I saw all the signs around saying it was a new championship best performance.”

The following day, the Gateshead Harrier decided to participate in the long jump even though he had not trained in the event all winter.

He approached it half hearted, producing no jumps in his opening two attempts and then jogging up to the board to make sure he recorded the required six metres to qualify for the final.

After surprising himself with a decent distance, he decided to go full pelt and make more of a fist of things in his remaining jumps.

“I jumped 6.76, which was a PB, without really trying, and I thought that things were just going right for me.

“The next jump was perfect as it was only half a centimetre off the board, and I got really high to record 7.20. I couldn’t believe it because the long jump is my second event and I will only do it if I need to, but I’m going to put more time into it.”

With the remarkable success achieved in the past six months, the Northumbria University student is aiming high this season.

“I want to jump for Great Britain at the Loughborough International and I need 15m in the triple jump for that. So to get close to that has made me happy and shown that my training is going well.

“I have been told that I was 10cm off the commonwealth youth standard in the long jump so that has made me want to try harder in that event too.”

Another young lad showing promise in the triple jump is Tynedale Harrier Jack Colmer, whose distance of 10.96 saw him finish fourth in the U17 event despite being younger than the field.

The youngster also impressed with second in the U15 long jump (5.17), second in the U15 high jump (1.55) and fourth in the U15 60m with a time of 8.44 seconds.

Adam Pratt (26), also of Tynedale Harriers, was in action too but he failed to progress past his heats in the senior 800m and 1500m.