Watford sprinter Dominic Ashwell recently broke a 31-year-old county record in the 100m

Dominic Ashwell (number three) recently turned 15. Picture: Gary Mitchell

Dominic Ashwell (number three) recently turned 15. Picture: Gary Mitchell

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Dominic Ashwell broke a 31-year-old county record in the 100m at the Schools County Championships on Saturday and has been selected to represent Hertfordshire at the English Schools Championships next month as a result.

The 15-year-old from Watford crossed the line in the Under-17 100m in a time of 10.78, improving his own personal best in the process.

Ashwell, who is a pupil at Bushey Meads School, trains with Dacorum and Tring Athletics Club, where he is coached by Gavin Town.

His impressive time at Jarman Park in Hemel Hempstead means Ashwell will now go on to represent Hertfordshire at the English Schools Championships.

The championships will be held in Birmingham on the weekend of July 11 and July 12.

Fellow Watford athlete Fiona McQuire will also be at the English Schools after following up her recent county success by taking double gold in the county championships.

Despite the inclement weather, McQuire claimed her first gold in the Under-17 discus, taking first place with a throw of 33.69m – a qualifying distance for the English Schools.

Following her discus triumph, the Year 11 Abbot’s Hill School pupil completed her double by winning the shot put with a distance of 11.48m, landing her a second English Schools qualifying distance of the afternoon.

n Watford Harriers had two members come away from the Schools County Championships with wins.

Jessica Emery (Queens’ School) won the Under-15 girls discus with a distance of 28.02m, an English Schools entry standard distance.

In the Under-13 boys discus, William Jarvis (Ashlyns) was victorious with a distance of 23.7m.

Emery also came third in the Under-15 girls javelin, throwing a distance of 26.23m.

There was a fourth-place finish in the Under-13 boys 800m as Thomas Minns (St Clement Danes) crossed the line in 2.27.8 In the Under-15 boys 800m, Jack Hailey (Bushey Academy) came fifth in 2.15.5, Byron Johal (St Michael’s) came sixth in 2.15.8 and Johann Sanseau (St Michaels) was ninth in a time of 2.19.4.

Molly Jarvis (Ashlyns) came fourth in the Under-15 girls discus with a distance of 20.43m. She also came seventh in the javelin with 21.87m.

Megan Elworthy (Haberdashers Aske’s School) came sixth in the shot, posting a distance of 8.68m.

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