It was great day of athletics at the first Young Development league for U13 & U15’s. I do not think I have witnessed such dominance from a Bristol & West track and field team since I have been involved with the club. Provisional results show that B&W were approximately 180 points ahead of North Somerset, who pipped Newport harriers for second.
Too many fantastic performances to mention here, but here are a few highlights to wet your appetite; There was a AAA grade 1 performance by Ed Wilson in the U15B 80m hurdles. This is a personal best and English Schools (ES) qualifying standard . Ed’s training partner Kaylen Smith was not to be out done, as he matched these accolades in 200m with a fantastic time of 23.8 for the 200m. Ed looks very close to getting the 100m ES qualifying time, having crossing the line in 11.8 later in the day. With Damani Jones and Isaac Fleming all close to breaking 12 seconds, the club now has a very strong young relay squad.
Jess Lewis followed up her ES National standard throw on Wednesday with a grade 1 performance, of 34.87m, one of the best field event performances of the day.
There were grade 2 performances from Tamara Jackson in the 75m and 150m for U13 Girls, both performances were a tenth of second from achieving the grade 1 standard. She was backed up well by Nyah Reuter, Ella Bowell and Martha Barrett to show strength in depth for the future and a fantastic relay team on the day.
Ethan Gill surprised everyone with his pb of 4.68 in the U13 Boys Long jump, just 7cm shy of a grade 1 performance.
Joshua Schrijver is impressing in the throws again this year even though he has just moved into the U15 age group. Pick of his performances was the Discus, where achieved a grade 2 performance of 32.91m, just 2m shy of the ES qualifying standard.
Other notable performances came from the ever present Lilly Bailey (U15’s HJ, LJ and 300m) Alice Mathews (U13’s 70m hurdles and HJ) , Libby Dickens (U15’s 75m hurdles , Javelin and HJ), Ciaran Herniman (U13’s hurdles and HJ), Kassavia Smolka- Headley and Chloe Marrett ( U15’s 100m and 200m).
It was great to see the endurance runners out in force with Joe Mead, Tomek Czerepinksi Rufus Thomas, Aidan Oscroft, Grace Claridge, Molly Thomas and Danni Sinclair performing well and generating valuable points.
We also had newcomers Zak Khan, Imogen Yap , Thomas and Daniel Beech, and Tom Ovigne who showed they will make a valuable contribution to the club going forward.
Well done team managers : Sarah Bailey, Claire Lewis and Ashley George and Coach Jeff Dickens, great start to the season.
Next match is on19th May in Neath, where the club will be providing a coach for the day.