National standard performance by heptathlete
Princethorpe College heptathlete Annabelle Pask proved that she is back on form by winning the individual Midlands regional heptathlon.
The two-day competition held at Nuneaton’s Pingles Stadium saw Pask secure four personal bests to win the Senior Girls’ event by just four points from Warwickshire team mate Georgia Parris.
An injury incurred earlier in the season to her right ankle has meant that the 17-year-old Coventry Godiva athlete has had to learn to long jump off her opposite foot. With this in mind Pask knows that she can better her total of 4561 points. Nonetheless great strides were made on day one of this meet with Annabelle whipping down the 100 metre hurdles in 14.7s.She increased her shot to 11.29m and blasted a 26 second 200 metres.
Pleased with a high jump of 1.54m Annabelle reflected on her performances: “I am still high jumping off my right foot so to clear 1.54m after not a lot of training was another PB in my mind.”
Day two presented itself with a strong head wind; never an ally of any athlete. Annabelle attacked the long jump managing 5.03m, well down on her pb but enough to keep her in top medal contention. With the elements not playing to her favour Pask couldn’t quite keep the javelin flat enough to make the distance she was after. Disappointed with her 25.61m throw she watched rival Parris launch a better 27.76m narrowing Annabelle’s overall lead.
Never having broken the 2.30 minute barrier for the 800m was something figuring in Pask’s mind as she lined up for the final event.
Team mate Parris was the stronger middle distance runner on paper so with the advice of just ‘staying with her’ rattling in her head the gun fired and it was all to run for. “I was literally breathing down Georgia’s neck,” added Annabelle. “I felt pretty bad doing that because she’s my friend but I knew that if I could hold on to her I had a good chance of breaking 2.30.” Pask did just that crossing the line in 2.29.9 giving her a vital four point lead to take the U20s title.
This confidence boost will hopefully manifest itself in the English Schools’ Athletics Finals on July 9, where Annabelle will compete in the hurdles event before taking to the National Combined Event Championship in Bedford in September.
Princethorpe College athletes Millie Johnson and Reanne Popham also competed in the Inter Girls’ Heptathlon finishing 14th and 15th respectively.
Describing Annabelle’s achievement Princethorpe College Director of Sport Neil McCollin added: “I was watching Annabelle compete and you wouldn’t have known that she was still on the road to recovery.
“The rivalry between her and Georgia spurred on her performances showing that she has become mentally stronger and more capable of dealing with the pressure. This was an excellent result and fully deserved especially when you consider that she has just completed her AS public examinations.”