Eastern Young Athletes’ League, Thurrock Sunday 14th April 2013

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Ipswich

712

97

127

135

80

150

123

Havering Mayesbrook

707

111

108

107

139

128

114

Dacorum & Tring

522

80

96

83

44

113

106

Thurrock

433.5

68

110

7

63

77.5

108

Braintree

348

31

54

139

104

17

3

Harlow

230

70

10

52

30

36

32

Benfleet

162.5

4

20

4

54

36.5

44

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The Eastern Young Athletes squad opened their season with a narrow five-points defeat at the hands of Ipswich at a sunny, but very windy Blackshots Stadium, Thurrock on Sunday. The blustery headwind not only caused track athletes to miss out on personal bests but also caused the cancellation of the pole vault and may have contributed to the club’s defeat as the club expected good points.

Both the Under 13 teams won their sections.  The powerful Under 13 Girls almost swept the board – only dropping points in four events. Isobel McDonach had a hat-trick of A string wins dominating the 100m & 200m and also winning the shot.  Isabella Purdie won both the A hurdles and long jump and was runner up in the B 100m while Rebecca Brown comfortably took the A 800m, with Molly Bath winning the B, and also won the B 200m..McDonach, Purdie &Brown were joined by Hollie King in the winning relay squad. Mayi Hughes won both hurdles and discus B strings and was third in the high jump. The Havering athletes also controlled the 1500m with Katie Mitchell leading from gun to tape, chased home by Kate O’Neill and non-scoring Jessica Mitchell who made it a 1-2-3 across the line. Sophie Taylor won the A discus and B shot and Rochelle Constable (javelin) and Elizabeth Adams (B high jump) completed the impressive victory roll.

The Under 13 boys could not quite match the girls’ near whitewash but notched up seven wins.  Jairzinho Morris, who still has another year in the age group, celebrated his club debut with an impressive trio of wins in both sprints and the long jump.  Max Law won both the discus and javelin, the latter with the second longest ever throw by a club U13, and was third in the hurdles. B string wins were earned by Oliver Swift in the discus, backed up by second places in the shot & javelin, Bailey Hearn in the B 200m and Harvey Jolliffe (B hurdles).    Other second places went to Lewis Jolly (800m B) & Ben Lammin (1500m B), while James Adams joined Morris, Law & Hearne for second in the relay.

Although not at full-strength the Under 17 women were runners up. Michelle Hughes won both the hurdles & 100m and was second in her first triple jump competition, and Tomi Akingbade won the A 200m, and B 100m & triple jump.  Georgie Taylor won the discus with a UK leading throw and also won the shot and was second in the B 300m, with Abi Spink winning the B race. Second place points were won by Heidi Surman-Wells and Robbie Nunn (800m), Chenice Constable (high jump) but the wind ruled out a possible pole vault win for Mercy Gutteridge.  Chenice, Michelle, Mercy & Tomi combined for a relay victory.

The Under 15 Girls were also second. Modupe Shokunbi won both the 100m & 200m and Freya Gutteridge triumphed in the discus and was second in the shot – with Tolu Akingbade won both B strings. Grace Macleod won the 300m B in her track debut in club colours and there were runners-up spots for Elysha Thatcher-Gray (800m B) and Katie Dawson (high jump B). The Under1 5as finished in style as Modupe successfully anchored the relay squad of Tolu, Josie Waddams and Holly Nash to cross the line in front.

The Under 15 boys and the Under 17 men were both third. For the Under 15s John Nelson was the only A string winner with a new javelin PB and was also second in the discus and third in the hammer. Kieran Riddell’s high jump PB earned him B high jump victory. Second places were won by Matt Owers (300m & hurdles), 1500m pairing of Oliver Morter & Oliver Bath, and Harvey Addison (B javelin).  For the Under 17s Michael Duncan’s PB won the discus and Alex Law, although unable to jump or hurdle due to injury, won the shot and was second in the hammer.  Alex Hewitt notched up B second places in the 400m and shot and Lewis Middleton was second in the B discus.

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