After the highs and lows of the last two matches, the Bristol & West AC men’s track and field team produced a good all-round effort to finish fourth on the day and secure their Division 2 slot for 2017.
Jacob LANGE got the team off to an excellent start in the hammer with a throw of 57.3 metres to gain second place in the ‘A’ string. Multi-eventer Tom SKINNER stepped in to ensure that we gained some ‘B’ string points. Tom also featured in the ‘B’ string pole vault and cleared 3.00 metres for sixth place, with Gavin Phillips finishing fourth in the ‘A’ string with a height of 4.00 metres. Gavin was also fifth in the long jump ‘A’ string with a distance of 6.45 metres with Jordan HARRY finishing sixth in the ‘B’ string with 6.07 metres.
Adam WALL came down from his new base in Leeds to clear 2.09 metres, an outdoor PB, only just failing to jump 2.12 metres on his final attempt. Adam was first in the ‘A’ string and Gavin PHILLIPS (that name again) was second in the ‘B’ string with a height of 1.90 metres.
In the discus, Under-20 thrower Sam BOULTON produced his usual consistent form for fifth place in the ‘A’ string with a 39.06 metre throw. Gavin PHILLIPS again stepped in with a throw of 34.85 metres for third place in the ‘B’ string.
Team captain, Caspar Eliot was third in the 400 metre hurdles ‘A’ string in a PB time of 54.68. Under-17 athlete Sam CHIVERS made his British League debut and finished sixth in a time of 65.95, in the ‘B’ string.
Sam was also in action in the triple jump, finishing fifth in the ‘B’ string with a best jump of 11.15 metres, while Jordan HARRY was fifth in the ‘A’ string, with a best jump of 13.83 metres.
Adam SPEAKE was sixth in the 800 metres ‘A’ string in 1.59.1 and debutant Otis MONDIR was not daunted by the step up in class and managed a two second PB with a time of 2.01.6 for sixth place in the ‘B’ string.
Chris STONE returned to the team after missing the match at Kinston and secured third place in the 100 metres ‘A’ string in 10.95 and first in the 200 metres in 21:48, with Caspar ELIOT seventh and Mark COTTAM sixth in the 100 and 200 ‘B’ strings respectively.
In the 3,000 metre chase, Ivan USENKO finished seventh in the ‘A’ string in 10.42.0 (another PB) despite tearing his calf muscle and finishing in some discomfort.
Gavin PHILLIPS was seventh in the 110 metre hurdles after a spectacular fall having crashed through the final two hurdles. Tom SKINNER had an outstanding run to finish second in the ‘A’ string.
Mark COTTAM was third in the ‘A’ string 400 metres in 49.04 and Caspar ELIOT had a time of 50.08 to finish first in the ‘B’ string.
Sam BOULTON was sixth in the ‘A’ string shot with Gavin PHILLIPS fifth in the ‘B’ string. Andrea MANFRONI was third in the javelin with a throw of 56.22 metres with Gavin PHILLPS fourth in the ‘B’ string.
There was the usual consistency in the middle distance events. Ben WESTHENRY and Adam SPEAKE were fifth and fourth in the 1,500 metres A and B strings, while Jack BANCROFT and Zak TOBIAS (another debutant) were third and second in the 3,000 metres (according to our calculations).
We were seventh and sixth in the two relays. This was a very good performance by a young and relatively inexperienced team, somewhat short in numbers, with the majority competing in more than one event. A special mention must be made of Gavin PHILLIPS who stepped in and earned points in seven events. The planning for next season starts now.
A final League position of fifth shows an improvement from the last two seasons, when we were sixth.
Full results can be found at: http://www1.bal.org.uk/results/league-2016/division-2/
Roger Brocklesby Reports