There was a great day of athletics at the National Indoor Arena, Cardiff for Day 2 of the South West indoor championships, which sat alongside the regional Welsh championships. This year the event was held on the same weekend as the South West cross-country championships but this had little impact with only five runners competing across all age groups at Yeovil. Nevertheless only thee club athletes competed in the 800 metre races, however the club was still represented by over 20 young athletes and returned home with 3 gold medals, 8 silvers and 2 bronze medals.
It was great to see our crop of hurdlers start to make an impact. ED WILSON looks like he has wintered well with his silver medal in the Under-15 60 metre hurdles in 9.01, a 1.5 second improvement on last year’s performance. A mention must go out to PATRICK KYLE, who has just moved up from Under-13 and will be please with his 10.60 for fifth place as will the Under-15 Girl hurdlers LIBBY DICKENS (fourth in 10.07) and LOTTIE STEIN (twelfth in 11.14).
Like Ed, ALICE MATHEWS is now in the second year of her age group and she duly impressed her coach, Jeff Dickens, with a silver medal in the Under-13 60 metre hurdles. Her 10.45 second performance was the third fastest overall on the day. The club’s strength in depth was demonstrated by TAMARA JACKSON (fourth in 10.87), NYAH REUTER (sixth), CLEO TUNNECLIFFE (seventh) and MARTHA BARRETT (eighth).
ETHAN GILL did well in the first of three events, winning a silver in the Under-13 Boy’s hurdles (11.44) and he was backed up by SETH HULBERT MASON who made his debut for the club and would have been surprised by his fourth place. Without the obstacles ETHAN GILL went one better to win the 60 metre sprint in 8.80 seconds. CAIRAN HERNIMAN (fifth), MAXWELL JACKSON (seventh) and MARKUS PASALA (eighth) showed that the club will have a half decent relay team come the summer.
TAMARA JACKSON won a silver in the Under-13 Girls 60 metres as she won her heat with a bit to spare (8.78). ELLA BOWELL (seventh), MARTHA BARRETT (twelfth) and EMMIE SAINSBURY (fourteenth) had great indoor debuts for the club.
With the clubs top Under-15 girl sprinters not competing this weekend both LIBBY DICKENS (twelfth) and LOTTIE STEIN (sixteenth) got some useful experience which should help them to improve their hurdle times during the summer. The club had two medals in the Under-15 Boys 60 metres flat. DAMANI JONES snatched the silver medal (7.81) and ED WILSON backed up his hurdle silver with a bronze (7.88). TOM OVIGNE was nervous but shouldn’t be disappointed with eighth place in his debut. The club had no representatives in the Under-17 Men’s 60 metres or Long Jump but TIA JACKSON made up for this in the Ladies events by winning the 60 metres in 7.85, just 300th of a second outside her PB and snatching a jump of 5.31 metres after two no jumps in the Long Jump (which according to Eugene Hechavaria, were over 6 metres ). PATRICK KYLE also got close to his Long Jump PB with a 4.37 for seventh in the Under-15 Boy’s event.
MARTHA BARRETT was the only thrower to compete this weekend and she would have been pleased with her silver medal in the Under-13 Girl’s Shot Put ( 6.39).
Final shout out must go out to our 800 metre runners: CAIRAN HERNIMAN ( 2.49 for fifth in the Under-13 Boys), GRACE ASHURST (2.35 for bronze in the Under-15 Girl’s race) and STEVE KERFOOT (2.21 for gold in the Under-15 Boy’s race): all three obviously prefer the indoor boards to the mud and ice of a cross country course.
It was a long day but a great experience for the club’s young athletes. Thanks goes out to coaches JEFF DICKENS and EUGENE HECHAVARIA for providing support to our young stars !!