ATHLETICS: Scottish title for Princethorpe College athlete

Annabelle Pask cleared 1.63m in the high jump
Annabelle Pask cleared 1.63m in the high jump

Combined events gold in Glasgow for Annabelle Pask

Princethorpe College Pentathlete Annabelle Pask has put to rest her concerns about underperforming this winter season by winning gold in the Scottish National Indoor Combined Events Championships in Glasgow last weekend. The 17-year-old Godiva athlete described her experience, “I just feel relief at it all coming right. Training has been going so well, and it’s been a continual frustration that in competition I haven’t been hitting pbs.”

The Princethorpe College student with her gold medal

The Princethorpe College student with her gold medal

The trip to Glasgow’s Emirates Arena didn’t begin smelling of roses with Pask hitting the first hurdle in the 60 metres event. “When I finished I just looked at the clock and couldn’t believe it.” The time of 9.29 was her slowest this year placing additional pressure on the remaining four disciplines.

With a recent history of the high jump not going to plan Pask readjusted her mind set and turned a bad situation into one of celebration.

A personal best of 1.63 metres immediately put her back in medal contention. This was swiftly followed with the shot put where she threw 10.83 metres to match her pb.

In the long jump a big feature of training has been to extend the run up to provide more power across the pit. In her first attempt she overstepped the board making her next two jumps safe with her foot well behind it. A best jump of 5.45 metres scored 686 points, not outstanding but good enough to place her in a safe position going into the final event, the 800 metres.

A winter season of endurance has impacted on her strength and this really presented itself in the final lap with Pask working hard through the line to finish in another pb of 2.33.46.

A final score of 3541 was enough to place the gold medal round her neck with second place athlete Ellie McGinty from Edinburgh 526 points adrift. Pask’s combined score pushes her up in the Power of 10UK U20 rankings to 4th place; an especially admirable achievement considering her age.

“I’m really happy that I’ve just cracked those problematic events before the end of the indoor season. I don’t have that long to prepare for the first heptathlon in May so this has given me the confidence I was in need of.”