Reading ACs Sammy Ball won the national U15 boys indoor pentathlon at Sheffield on Sunday 10 March 2019 and set a new UK all-time record of 3,176 points, surpassing the previous record by 44 points. In a field of twenty-four, including the Scottish champion and leading Welsh pentathlete, Sammy, coached by Reading ACs Mike Dyer and Kevin Cramner, achieved three personal bests in the competition with 1.80m in the high jump, 12.26m in the shot put and 2:11.39 mins in the final event, 800m. Sammy also managed 8.96 secs in the 60m hurdles opening event (0.1 secs off his personal best) and 6.02m in the long jump (5 cms off his personal best.).
This fantastic achievement comes exactly two weeks after Sammy achieved a gold, a silver and a bronze medal in the national indoor individual long jump, high jump and shot put championships respectively.