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ATHLETICS: Eljay shows progress with schools records

Holbeach youngster Eljay Secker has enjoyed an impressive debut season.

After qualifying for the county championships in early June, 14-year-old Secker went on to win the high jump.

He broke the county schools record three times – his current personal best being 1.72m.

Eljay Secker
Eljay Secker

At the same championships he also ran the qualifying time in 80m hurdles for the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in July, where he missed the final by five-hundredths of a second in a five-way photo finish.

Since then Secker has progressed in leaps and bounds with very creditable performances at Cambridge University (three first places) and also a tremendous 11.66 seconds hurdles victory into a headwind at the Allianz Stadium in London, where he also placed second in the javelin to a national standard athlete.

Following impressive victories at Boston’s Tommy Clay track, he finished second in the 80m hurdles at the East Anglian League Finals at Bury St Edmunds in 11.60 seconds and also put in an impressive high jump performance.

Last weekend Secker performed at the Inter-Counties match at Hull’s Costello Stadium in the Lincolnshire colours and he finishes the season with a pentathlon at Peterborough on September 29.

His father Linden said: “We are finding our feet in the sport now, travelling some fair distances to get into national standard competition.

“Eljay gets great support from University Academy Holbeach and currently trains twice a week at Boston competing for Nene Valley Harriers and Lincolnshire.

“He is currently hovering around the top 10 in national rankings for hurdles and looking very strong in at least four other events as a combined events athlete.

“We are looking forward to the new season and the step up to intermediate under-17 competition.”

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