Several Club athletes took advantage of the positive conditions to post good times and distances at the Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) at Kip Keino Athletic Stadium on Saturday 31st May 2014.
The sprinters scored good points with Will HINES taking second place in the A 100 metres in 11.9 and then held off a determined challenge to take the B 22 metres in 24.3. Tom MILLETT took second in the B 100 metres in 12.8 having earlier finished third in the A 80 metre hurdles in 13.9. Bruce DA SILVEIRA was second in the B 200 metres in 24.2. Reuben WILMSHURST finished third in the A 300 metres in 40.8 before taking his specialist event the 800 metres where he won the B race in 2:11.7. In the A race Anton MILLS showed a mature side to his racing these days – he was content to run the first 400 metres with the Howorth twins from Team Bath before a strong last 50 metres saw him take the race in 2:09.1. In the A 1,500 metres Hugh SADLER was always just behind Themis Bower of Team Bath as Hugh finished runner-up in 4:31.4 – sad to see that there was no B string runner.
In the field Will and Bruce both threw the javelin; Will was third in the A string with a longest throw of 26 metres and 3 centimetres and Bruce was second in the B string with 21 metres and 77 centimetres. Kurt CAMERON had a busy time in the field: in the pole vault he won the A string with a clearance at 3 metres 15 centimetres and failed with three attempts at 3 metres 25 centimetres, which would have been a new PB. In the long jump he finished third in the A string with a leap of 5 metres and 2 centimetres and took second in the hammer with 22 metres and 23 centimetres. Tom MILLETT took fourth place in the A shot putt with a putt of 7 metres 51 centimetres. Anton MILLS cleared 1 metre 55 centimetres to take third place in the A high jump.
The under-15 boys were runners-up in the 4 x 100 metres relay, with Anton MILLS definitely doing some under-distance work, and disappointingly didn’t have a team in the 4 x 300 metres relay.
Alex YFIMCEV finished third in the A 100 metres in 14.1 with Louis JOSEPH third in the B race in 14.7. Lewis also finished fifth in the 75 metre hurdles A race in 15.9. In the 200 metres Oliver PITT was fourth in 28.8 in the A race with Jack DONOGHUE second in the B in 29.7. Caleb OWEN finished fifth in the A 800 metres in 2:47 with Robert KIEKUTH third in the B race having scaled the hurdles in 26.8 – well done to Robert for having a go and scoring valuable team points. Robert also finished fourth in the B 800 metres in 3:16. 5. In the 1,500 metres Nathan MARCHANT ran a PB finishing second in 5:05. 4 and Ali will soon have him below 5 minutes. Otto KINGSTON ran 5:49.5 for third in the B race. The boys finished second in the 4 x 100 metre relay.
Oliver PITT was third in the A javelin with a best throw of 14 metres 33 centimetres and also finished second in the B high jump with a clearance at 1 metre 15 centimetres. Caleb OWEN putt the shot 4 metres 66 centimetres to finish fourth in the A event. Alex YFIMCEV jumped 4 metres 31 centimetres for third in the A long jump and won the A high jump with a clearance at 1 metre 41 centimetres. Nathaniel WILLIAMS took fourth in the B long jump with 3 metres 55 centimetres.
It was good to see some of the youngsters trying different events but there are definitely points to be had if we could get a few more boys competing in the field events.
There was a pair of second places in the 100 metres as Danielle Prendergast (13.4) and Isobel Griffiths (13.8) finished runners up in the A and B races respectively. There were good points in the 200 metres as well as Danielle again took second (27.2) in the A race supported by Jessica SHEFF (third in 28.8) in the B race. Jessica also finished fifth in the high jump with a clearance at 1 metre 35 centimetres. The theme of second in the A race continued in the 300 metres where Isabella PARSELLE crossed the line in 44.8 and sank to her knees straight away. Isabella was disappointed with her run – but from where I was spectating it looked as though she gave it everything – and you can’t ask more of an athlete that that! Nancy DINEEN ran the B 300 metres and well under-distance for her still gave it her best shot and her strength showed as she got up to fourth in the home straight (46.9). She was clearly more at home in the 800 metres where she finished fourth in the A race in 2:30.8; Isabella finished third in the B race in 2:34.2. Kishanna DOUGLAS finished sixth in the A 1,500 metres in 5:58.3. Nichola FORTUNE began a busy afternoon on the track with fourth in the 75 metre hurdles in 12.7 before finishing second in the B shot with a putt of 8 metres 74 centimetres and second in the B high jump with a best clearance of 1 metre 35 centimetres. Catherine CLAYTON was –as ever- a prodigious point scorer in the field with wins in the A discus with 26 metres 17 centimetres and the A hammer with 27 metres 68 centimetres. Kishanna DOUGLAS supported in both the discus (third with a throw of 12 metres 96 centimetres) and the hammer where she was fourth with 9 metres 28 centimetres. Natalia ISHERWOOD had a good win in the shot with a putt of 9 metres 97 centimetres: Natalia was also second in the A long jump with 5 metres 3 centimetres and finished fifth in the A javelin with 24 metres 35 centimetres. Abi MONK was third in the javelin B string with a throw of 16 metres 69 centimetres.
There was a good win by the 4 x 100 metre relay team and a clear second place in the 4 x 300 metre relay.
Tia JACKSON was her usually busy self with a second place in the 75 metres A race (10.3 same time as the winner), first in the 70 metres hurdles in 11.7 (again same time as the runner up but this time she got the verdict) and first in the long jump with 4 metres 59 centimetres. Imogen SHARMAN was another busy athlete winning the B 75 metres in 11.0 seconds and finishing third in the B shot putt with 4 metres 84 centimetres, Tia and Imogen were joined by Jessica FRAZER and Jenny HUGHES to form the winning 4 x 100 metre relay team. In the longer sprint Jess FRAZER (A) and Libby HAYETT (B) both finished third in 21.5 and 21.6 respectively. Jess then went on to finish second in the A 800 metres in 2:40.3, Jess WHITE finished second in the B race in 2:48.8. Jess was also second in the A javelin with a throw of 17 metres 62 centimetres. Libby HAYETT won the B string with 15 metres 58 centimetres and won the B long jump with a best jump of 4 metres 33 centimetres (which would have given her second place in the whole competition. Jess FRAZER was fourth in the A shot with a putt of 4 metres 90 centimetres. Twins Abi and Jess WHITE teamed up in the high jump where Abi was fifth in the A string with a 1 metre 10 centimetre clearance and Jess was fourth in the B with a clearance at 1 metre 5 centimetres. A lot of doubling and tripling events saw the under-13 girls contest virtually every A and B string competition, except for the 1,500 metres. Well done girls.