Young Athletes League Report from Hilary Nash

19 Jul
Belated congratulations to Lucy Bryan, Annabel Gummow and Olivia Sadler who represented England at the AVIVA SIAB International at Scotstoun last Saturday. Making the team is absolutely terrific.
Annabel was unable to complete her 3000m race. Olivia finished 4th in the 1500m in 4:44.24 and Lucy Bryan won the pole vault with a meeting best performance of 3.71m. Olivia could only have expected 2nd at best behind her English team mate so 4th should give her a lot of satisfaction.
Locally we hosted the final match in the McCain UK Young Athletes League at Yate. A creditable team performance against Yeovil Olympiads who only missed out on promotion by a few points.
Isobel Hatch set new personal bests during the pole vault competition. Both coach and athlete were delighted with 3.10m. It could be Lucy and Isobel representing England at next year’s school international. Martin Davies has already waxed lyrical. Much credit goes to the enthusiasm and enjoyment that Martin and Neil bring to the pole vault athletes they coach and encourage.
Leon Reid’s time for the 100m at 11.0 was another excellent performance backed up by wins in the 200m and long jump.
Matthew Mattis jumps infrequently but always excels. A high jump win with a 1.65m clearance and 2nd in the long jump with 5.29 were rounded off by two excellent relay efforts.  
The under 13 girls included Claudia Lavender who won the long jump and the high jump. Gemma Bayly in her first club race ran a very sensible 1200m finishing with a smile on her face.
Yemma Songu won the U15 girls 100m.
Lily Owsley and Billy Williams completed a good 1/2 in the 800m, Naomi Speake 4:54.6 chased the boys round in a combined race. Valentina won the 200m and 300m but the hardest working athlete was Jo Callender-Wood with wins in the 80m hurdles and 300m hurdles and 2nd in the long jump.
Tomas Goodman won the u13 100 and 200 but had to settle for 3rd in the long jump. Jonny Shine U12 cleared 1.20 to finish 2nd in the high jump
Jack Dyer completed a sprint double and like Matthew ran excellently in the relays. Two consistent efforts from Ben Millar and Lewis Nightingale gave them good times in the 1500m. Lewis’s leg in the 4 x 400m was the classic of an even paced runner being chased by a sprinter who put to much effort into closing the gap. Lewis more than held on to bring home the 4 x 400m team in first place.
The under 17 men were out in force. The top performances were Sam Bedwell 800m, Luke Jacobs 1500m James Taylor Pole Vault and discus and Jake Cussell shot putt. Spectators were a little disappointed with the steeple chase. Zac Marsh and Gerge Hurford ran well and were never likely to put more than a foot in the shallow edge of the water jump.
The season has been good for those who have competed in the team. Individual performances have compared well with the best of the other teams. Team success is a combination of numbers and quality. With new facilities coming into use in the very near future a stronger team can be built to seriously challenge and gain promotion to the Premier Division for 2012. Perhaps that should be our Olympic challenge.
Hilary Nash