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News Archive > Sport > Kaya breaks 43-year old county record

Kaya breaks 43-year old county record

By Gareth Rowett 7th June 2017

Kaya breaks 43-year old county record
RECORD BREAKER: Kaya Cairney who set a new Under-17 200m record before tearing a hamstring later in the meeting

AFTER Newquay and Par’s disappointing start to their National Athletics League campaign in Division Two, the Cornwall-based club were determined to scrap for every point to ensure survival.

Despite a stronger and larger squad this time around the group were plagued by a series of minor niggles and injuries which would undoubtedly affect the team’s ability to secure better points.

Jay Hill the star hammer thrower was out with a broken leg, Chris Harris had two broken fingers, Jack Wightman had Achilles problems, Tom Harris had a swollen knee, as did Jordan Walklett and Ollie Clark was out yet again with back problems.

Dan Pearce, undoubtedly Newquay and Par’s man of the match led the charge by not only winning the 400 hurdles in a new personal best (PB) but also covering four other individual events and competing in both relays.

Tyler Johnson made his Newquay and Par debut and ran a sub-22 second 200m as well as competing in both relays.

There were also welcome returns by Plymouth-based duo Matt Gilbert and Matt Bradley.

Also Callum Jones returned to action with a difficult 800m/5,000m double.

Young star Aidan Kent, just 17, ran a fantastic 3000m steeplechase debut to run under the magical 10 minute barrier and 18-year-old Aidan Patton equalled his PB in the pole vault.

Kaya Cairney, the youngest competing athlete had a bitter sweet day – he smashed the County Under-17 200m record which has stood since 1974 but then tore a hamstring in the relay which will probably put him out of all the major competitions he was targeting this year – the County Schools Championships, the South West Schools Championships and the South West Combined Events Championships.

On the other extreme, stalwart Brett Marsh, now competing in his 26th year for the club in senior competition delivered his best hammer throw since 2011, to gain unexpectedly good points in the event as Matt Halton also threw the hammer out for a new PB.

It was also great to have Sam lane de Courtin back, on leave from the army as he crushed the opposition in the 800m, then followed this up with a gutsy run in the 1,500m and the final leg in the 4x400m.

The final result, left everyone speechless as Newquay and Par triumphed by a mere three points in an incredibly tight match where any one of five teams could have won the match with just a couple of events to go.

Another solid performance in July’s match at Bedford will almost certainly secure the club’s status in Division Two for another year.

Anyone who thinks that they have athletic qualities good enough to train and compete at this high level should contact Larry Garnham on 01637 874573.

By Gareth Rowett 7th June 2017

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