Eastern Young Athletes League, Top 6 Trophy, Chelmsford, 11th Sept 2011

 

 

Total

GU13

GU15

WU17

BU13

BU15

MU17

1

Chelmsford

612

70

106

144

89

90

113

2

Havering Mayesbrook

504

73

98

67

70

83

113

3

Cambridge & Coleridge

483

86

83

51

66

112

85

4

Stevenage & N Herts

473

67

74

86

88

83

75

5

Bedford & County

453

57

78

103

40

105

70

6

St Albans

343

38

74

76

41

35

79

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Mercy Gutteridge broke her club Under 15 pole vault record, and also bettered the U17 and U20 marks, as the Eastern Young Athletes squad ended their season on a high note in placing second in the league trophy final behind hosts Chelmsford on Sunday.

Mercy’s winning vault clearance of 2.56m added six centimetres to the U15 girls’ record of 2.50m she had cleared several times since May, but it also took her past Angela James’ U17 & U20 records of 2.55m. Mercy also scored points in the 300m & long jump. Her vault victory was one of six which contributed to the U15 girls’ team placing second. As usual Georgie Taylor scored well with wins in both discus and hammer, and Rachel Forder won the B javelin.  Lydia Hallam won the 1500m from the front and newcomer Ashleigh Lewis-Shodeine powered to victory in the B 200m with a new personal best into a strong headwind, and was also second in the B shot.  Despite the strong wind Michelle Hughes equalled her hurdles best to win the B race and added high jump B string runners up points, as Chenice Constable set a new best to place second in the A but was injured in her long jump speciality. Michelle, Ashleigh & Georgie were joined by Tomi Akingbade in the relay team which finished second.

The U17 Men shared first place with the hosts, after scrutiny of the results. Hoseah Gikungu was a fine winner of the 800m but once again fell just short of breaking the two minute barrier. National long jump champion Josh Olawore not surprisingly won his speciality but had to settle for second in both 100m hurdles & 200m. His partners all did well: Lewis Walker-Dobson won the B long jump, while Karl Tucker (hurdles) and George Hadler (200m) were both second. UK Schools’ Games medallist Danny Wilson comfortably won the discus and was second in the shot, with Ben Thompson also winning the B discus and Patrick Lear second in the javelin. Dale Marks-Swain came through to win the B 400m and Andrew Holland was second in the 1500m B.

Modupe Shokunbi won both sprints for the U13 Girls’ team who also finished second. Tolu Akingbade was second in the 200m B race and good points came from the long jump as Annie Maguire was second in the A string and Sophia Sharpe won the B. More second place finishes came from Emily Marshall (800m) and Kiera Law (discus)

The U13 Boys’ team were third with the only victories being an 800m double from Ben Ellis & Ryan Green – both were also runners up in their 200m races. Other second places were won by Morgan Seamen (100m) and John Nelson (discus).

Alex Law returned from injury with a pair of wins for the U15 Boys, with victories in both hurdles and long jump and Tobi Adeyemi was also in fine form, winning the 100m and making it a winning double in the long jump with B string victory.  Lewis Middleton’s pole vault clearance of 2.30m earned second place and took him to eighth on the club all-time list. 

The U17 Women had their best turn out of the summer but late withdrawals still left them short-handed and they finished down in fifth. Beth Chambers was in impressive winner of the long jump with a new personal best of 5.20m but a back injury resulted in her early withdrawal in the triple jump. That proved to be the only win as Debbie Knight was second in the shot & B discus, and Laura Drew was also runner up in the A discus.

Havering’s second place was their third such finish in recent years but it’s now nine years since they lifted the Trophy as Chelmsford made it five successive victories in this end of season competition, winning four of the six age categories. League champions Stevenage & North Herts, who had comfortably lifted the league shield, could only finish fourth.

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Photos: Mike Owers