Talented pole vaulter Dylan nets prestigious treble to raise the bar for Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 17:44 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:44 05 March 2018
A talented teenage athlete has been celebrating after a hat-trick of prestigious titles.
Dylan Baines who represents Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club has become the British National Indoor Champion at U17 level in pole vaulting.
Having won the South of England Indoor U17 Pole Vault Championships at Lee Valley at the beginning of January and the Eastern Region at the beginning of February he completed the hattrick in Sheffield – making it a clean sweep.
Competing at England Athletics Indoor Age Groups Championships Dylan was the last to enter the competition and he gave his coach, family and friends a few heart-stopping moments at his opening height of four meters 10 centimetres which he only cleared on his third attempt.
However it was plain sailing after that as he claimed first-time clearances at 4m 20cm and then at 4m 30m as the competitors around him faltered, meaning the height was enough for the youngster to land a memorable triumph.
His mother Louise told CometSport: “I am extremely proud of Dylan he is really dedicated to the sport, and works so hard to get to where he is now.
“The sports club coaches and members volunteer so many hours, put in so much hard work and [show such] dedication.”
Fellow club member David Koffi (U17) also went to Sheffield having won both the Southern and Eastern Championships Shot and an early morning start on saw a personal best throw of 14m 32cm secure third place.
Freddie Reilly had a brilliant run in his heat of the U17 400m where a personal best of 51.17 saw him into the final. 51.93 saw him finish in fifth place.
Also competing in Sheffield U20 Kit Kerr ran 7.49 in his heat of the 60m, while U17 Madeleine Waite ran a personal best of 9.63 in her heat of the 60m hurdles.
U15 Alex Pickard ran a personal best of 7.88 to reach the semi final of the 60m where he ran 7.90 and U15 Shanumi Akinfenwa clear 1m45 in the high jump.
Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club is based at the Ridlins Track, Ridlins Playing Fields, Woodcock Road, Stevenage.