Enthusiasm Evident in Young Athlete Development Meeting

The weather was warmer for the second Young Athlete Development Meeting held at Whitehall on Wednesday 9th April 2014 but the temperature quickly dropped as the sun went down. The aim of both meetings was to identify new talent to compete for the club in 2014 and to re-connect with athletes who we might not have seen much over the winter. We also hoped that many would give a jump or a throw a try in case they had hidden talents waiting to be discovered but in this respect both meetings were pretty disappointing, although the club was pleased to see that some young athletes did have a try at both the Ball Throw and the Javelin in this meeting.

To start with high jump for a change the winning jumpers were:

Under-11 Boys Edward Lovell with a clearance at 1 metre 5 centimetres,

Under-13 Boys Lewis Oberhansi with a clearance at 1 metre 32 centimetres,

In the Long Jump the winners were:

Under-11 Girls Tilly Brice 2 metres 98 centimetres,

Under-13 Girls Libby Hayett 4 metres 16 centimetres,

Under-15 Girls Jade Stallard 3 metres 23 centimetres.

Under-11 Boys Freddie Frazer 2 metres 99 centimetres

Under-13 Boys Lewis Oberhansi 3 metres 98 centimetres.

In the Javelin the winners were:

Under-13 Girls Abi White 18 metres exactly,

Under-15 Girls Abigail Monk 15 metres 65 centimetres,

Under-13 Boys Tyler Lane 14 metres 96 centimetres.

In the Ball Throw Alice Brown threw 14 metres 59 centimetres to win the under-11 girls competition and Ben Brown the under-11 Boys competition with a throw of 21 metres 68 centimetres.

On the track there were some young competitors in the under-11s races (some of them hadn’t yet mastered the art of staying in their lane or running in a straight line but without a doubt they were all very enthusiastic.

Max Johnson’s 11.6 was the fastest time across the three heats of the under-11 boys 75 metres. Lexie Hill recorded the fastest time by an under-11 Girl with 12.3 seconds, under-12 Thema Hendricks was the fastest in 11.5.

As usual the numbers trying the sprint hurdles were disappointing so I had better mention all four athletes brave enough to give it a try. Tenisha Small just pipped Abi White (14.5 to 14.7 in the under-13 girls 70 metre hurdles). In the under-13 boy’s event Harry Wood recorded 16.3 as he defeated Tyler Lane (17.2).

There were seven competitors in the Boy’s 1,500 metres which was won convincingly by Stan Harding-Hill in 5:13.6. Eloise Brown recorded a comfortable win in the under-15 girl’s 1,500 metres in 5:07.9, with under-13 Katie Jones finishing third in 5:28.2.

In the 100 metres Lexie Hill recorded 16.7 to take the girl’s under-11 race. First home in the under-13 race was Tenisha Small in 14.2. Laura Measor was the fastest under-15 recording 15.2 and Isobel Marshall recorded 14.8 as the sole under-17 Lady. Under-13 Oliver Pitt recorded the fastest 100 metres for his age in 14.1 and then recorded 30.4 in the under-13 200 metres, while Jade Stallard won the under-15 girl’s 200 metres in 30.8. In a mixed age and gender 200 metres Mark Smith was the first finisher in 24.5, while in fourth place under-17 Lady Ella Falk recorded 26.1.

Aidan Oscroft was a clear winner of the under-11 600 metres in 1:59.5 to add to his earlier win in his heat of the 75 metres.

Full results can be found at: http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/club-young-athlete-development-events/

As always our thanks go the coaches, officials and volunteers without whose help the club could not stage these events.