Rampant Roe helps Sussex to decathlon title
Charlie Roe helped Sussex to the senior schools' decathlon title at Bedford.
Shaking off his disappointing show at the Sussex decathlon championships the previous weekend, Roe bounced back to his best form by recording a club record score of 5,459 points to help Sussex to the
The Sussex team comprised Peter Henworth from Eastbourne, Roe and Horsham's Matt Baker, the latter two having stepped up from being the top two in last year's under-17 competition.
Roe started his two-day trial with a solid 100m in 12.0sec followed by a 6.24 long jump, his second best mark ever.
A shot putt of 8.88m was enough to keep the score ticking before a clearance of 1.87m in the high jump was followed by a 53.2sec clocking in the 400m to leave the Chichester athlete with a healthy personal best after day one.
The real test came on day two, including Roe's weaker events.
After a good 15.8 clocking in the hurdles came a slightly below-par discus of 23.53, but this was followed by a personal best of 3m in the pole vault, highly creditable after he didn't register a height at the Sussex championships.
A safe javelin throw of 38.15 was rounded off with a 4min 45sec 1,500m to bring Roe close to the 5,500-point barrier and give Sussex a winning margin of 900 points over second-placed Somerset.
Chichester also have a connection with Baker who finished just behind Roe. He competed for Chichester in the National Under-20 League this season.
With both involved next year, the team's prospects look bright.