StatPack Mark 21- Introduction
as at 30th September 2020
Hello and a warm welcome to StatPack Mark 21 which updates the last (September 2019) version to include marks achieved during the 2020 indoor and outdoor seasons.
Simon Kilminster compiled the first edition of StatPack well over 20 years ago and although occasionally details from earlier years occasionally surface almost all the changes in this edition again come from performances from the current bunch of talented athletes who continue to rewrite these rankings almost as soon as they can be produced!
The 2020 season has been the most challenging on record. After a full indoor season, the COVID epidemic took hold and athletes was "locked down" for months on end, with the competitive season wiped out and a short sharp six to eight week season, mainly of open events ran in August and September. It's remarkable that any new club records were set - but the fact that any were is a great credit to the athletes and their coaches,
The first records to fall were set during the indoor season. In December 2019 Stephanie Okoro set a new Under 15 Girls' indoor pentathlon record in winning South of England gold while in February three marks were broken at the England Athletics Indoor Championships at Sheffield. Paris King set club Under 15 Girls' 60m Hurdles records three times before improving it twice more in winning national silver while Sam Sanusi set a new Under 17 Men's 60m hurdles mark for another silver. The third mark went to Denzel Achi who improved the Under 17 and Under 20 Men's 60m sprint record. A fifth club record set indoors went to Harvard student Mayi Hughes who improved her own Senior Women's triple jump mark indoors in New York in March before the lock down.
It was the relay events that saw the first outdoor records' of the short summer season as both Under 17 teams set new marks at the Club: Connect Relays at the start of September - the only relays event as all leagues were cancelled.
The Under 17 Women's sprint relay quartet of Shalom Gbadebo, Karis Thomas, Paige Robinson and Aaliyah Payne broke the club record in that age group dating back to 2004, and also improved the Under 20 Women's record for good measure.
The Under 17 Men's foursome of Sam Sanusi, Ridwan Salaam, Jacob Blanc and Denzel Achi beat the year old 4 x 100m relay record in that age group and such was their mark that it also improved the Under 20 Men's record set back in 1986.
The final two records to fall came in the Under 15 300m events as Al-Ameen Salaam and Stephanie Okoro both set new age group marks.
The short season also brought other new marks in the all-time lists and we hope that the 2021 season will see a return to more marks being redrafted.
As noted previously, the rankings include only performances for athletes who met the age definitions now in use – this means that a few long-standing under 17 boys’ marks no longer qualified as the athlete in question was too old under the current age groups. This happened because before 1964 an athlete’s age group was calculated as at 1 April prior to the start of the track season not as at 31 August, and also the statisticians used a 31 December cut off until 1970. I have only included any changes that I have been able to find but it may mean that any marks for that athlete the previous season have been missed.
As usual, some observations on the contents, as follows.
Any new listings since StatPack 2019 are all printed in "BOLD" to make them more noticeable — the new additions in 2020 are highlighted in BLUE while those from 2019 are high in RED
Where an athlete’s best hand time is marginally better than their best electronic times I’ve included the electronic times as well where these are within the rankings limit.
As with recent StatPacks I’ve listed wind-assisted marks separately. Debate will continue about whether some marks were or weren’t wind assisted – but where there is firm or good evidence of wind assistance (e.g. if the annual national rankings show it) I have listed marks as windy. Some other marks have come to light that are still unverified and I have included these here on that basis.
Javelin Senior/Junior Men’s marks have been included from 1986 only, when the new specification (800g) came in. For the U15 and U17 Women the new specification (500g) javelin came into effect on 1 April 2014. Previously the specification for U15 to Senior Women was 600g (since 1999. Pre-1999 old specification rankings have been omitted)
Shot & Hammer: For the U15 and U17 Women the new specification (3kg) came into effect on 1 April 2014.
I have continued to use the following conversion criteria for historic marks.
Ø 100 Yards ‑ 100 Metres 100 Yards time plus 1.0 second
Ø 220 Yards ‑ 200 Metres 220 Yards time less 0.1 seconds
Ø 440 Yards/440 Yards Hurdles ‑ 400 Metres 440 Yards time less 0.3 seconds
Ø 880 Yards ‑ 800 Metres 880 Yards time less 0.7 seconds
Ø 120 Yards Hurdles ‑ 110 Metre Hurdles Same as they are the same distance