ATHLETICS: Princethorpe College

Annabelle Pask (nearest camera) hurdling in Sheffield
Annabelle Pask (nearest camera) hurdling in Sheffield

Pask sixth in pentathlon championships

Ten months on from being crowned U17 England Indoor Pentathlon Champion Princethorpe College’s Annabelle Pask achieved a promising 6th place in U20 Women’s Indoor Pentathlon Championships held on January 10.

Sheffield’s Institute of Sport brings back happy memories for the Coventry Godiva athlete who was pleased with her one day performance across all five events.

Hurdling well in a fine time of 9.03 secs over the 60 metres gave Pask the 4th fastest time out of a quality line up of twenty five competitors. Following a reasonable high jump clearance of 1.56 metres Pask then showed her strength in the shot put with a p.b of 10.54 metres just 3 centimetres shy of the winning put.

A tough long jump competition with only 11 centimetres separating 2nd and 5th place saw Annabelle jumping 5.41. “This was something I can fix,”she commented. “Going back over the tapes I could see that I hadn’t executed everything we had been practising in training so this will be a definite focus area in the weeks ahead.”

The final event of the day pitched Pask in a head to head with 800metre runners, whose paper times were some 15 seconds ahead of her pb thus forcing her to alter her race strategy. Crossing the line in 2 mins.36 gave the determined A’ Level student further cause for reflection.

“Whilst I’m pleased with 6th place, and silver in the Midlands Championships, there is room for smarter training to make more noticeable gains over the coming season.”

Dividing training between Coventry Godiva Harriers and Birmingham’s High Performance Centre has become second nature to Pask who has been tipped to be in ‘pb form’ as 2015 unravels.

Next up will be a focus on Open Meets where she can hone her hurdling speed and shot put strength before the outdoor heptathlon season kicks in.

Princethorpe College Director of Sport Neil McCollin added: “Annabelle is now juggling the demands of A Level studies alongside her training in a new age group. Her focus and determination are unchanged as is her exemplary organisation and ability to prioritise. Colleagues were thrilled to hear of her success at Sheffield.”