Eastern Young Athletes’ League, Norwich Sunday 21st July  2013

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

City of Norwich

712.5

95

132.5

129

115

132

109

Havering Mayesbrook

661

74

140

101

127

120

99

St Albans

411

60

61

20

50

105

115

Cambridge & Coleridge

405

101

64

116

52

33

39

Ryston/West Norfolk

314

41

49

64

42

74

44

West Suffolk

296.5

54

40.5

68

36

54

44

Colchester & T

273

66

88

12

53

27

37

 

Another second place finish for the Eastern Young Athletes squad at Norwich on Sunday has left their place in the end of season Top Six final at risk.  Although currently laying fourth on event points there are seven clubs battling for the six places.

A much stronger Under 15 Boys squad recorded their first win of the season thanks to eight wins & nine second places. Matt Owers had a hat trick of wins, taking the A string hurdles, and the B string 300m & high jump.  Ben Ellis improved his week-old club 300m record and also improved his best in winning the 800m.  Kieran Riddell won the B hurdles and Morgan Seaman was victorious in the 100m B string, equalling his best.  Sonny Nash & John Nelson paired up for a javelin double and Nelson added shot runners’ up points doubled up.  Newcomer Billy Lecomber-Fletcher made an instant impression with a trio of second places in the shot, hammer & discus, with Harvey Addison also second in the B discus. Olla Obaye added runners up points in the high jump & long jump, as did Jack Noons in the 200m B before the relay quartet of Owers, Obaye, Seaman & Ellis were second..

The Under 13 girls continued their winning run, despite missing a few regulars. Mayi Hughes won the discus with the fourth longest ever throw by a club U13 and also won the B hurdles and improved her best for high jump second. Isabella Purdie equalled her best in winning the A hurdles and was second in the long jump, as was her B string partner Hollie King. Philippa Gill’s shot PB won the competition and took her into the club U13 all-time top 10 and she also won the B javelin for good measure, with Kerys Middleton’s javelin PB won the A string and was the sixth best ever club all-time.  Katie Mitchell & Jessica Mitchell won 1500m A & B strings, while Isobel McDonach won the B shot and was second in the 100m, as was Elizabeth Adams in the B 100m as well as winning the B high jump.  Sophie Taylor won the B discus and Molly Sweetman completed the winning line up with fourth in the 800m.

The Under 15 Girls placed second. English Schools silver medallist Modupe Shokunbi won both sprints as usual, the 200m in a new PB of 25.5secs – closing in on Lucy Sargent’s club record of 25.42s.  Freya Gutteridge & Lil Swift provided the only other victories with Lily adding second place hammer points and Freya third in the shot.  Tolu Akingbade was second in both B sprints and Katie Dawson was second in both the 300m (PB) & B hurdles, with Holly Nash also second in the A hurdles and improving her high jump best for second in the B.  Tolu, Holly & Modupe were joined by Annie Maguire in the second placed relay squad.

The Under 13 Boys were once again under-strength and finished third. Kieran Davies’ 1500m PB won him the B string event and James Adams’ shot best won the B. Oliver Swift was second in the B javelin, was also runner up in the A discus.  Harvey Joliffe and Aaron Freshwater were both second in the hurdles, Aaron in a new PB.. Sam Mezoori, Joseph Hogan O’Neill & Ben Lammin completed the squad.

Both Under 17 teams were third.  The Under 17 Men showed great team spirit to cover as many events as possible, after late withdrawals. Abdul Mohamed typified the squad’s spirit, scoring full points after stepping in to cover the B high jump and also added 1500m & triple jump points.  Bradley West was just outside his best in winning the B 800m and improved his 400m best for B string second. James George & Ebrahim Marenah stepped in cover the hurdles with James winning the B and also finishing runner up in the B 100m (PB) and long jump, with Lewis Middleton second in the high jump A, as was Michael Duncan in the discus and Matthew Braybrook who equalled his best in placing second in the 800m A string.

Once again there were just five Under 17 women but what they lacked in numbers they made up in quality and all recorded wins.  Georgie Taylor was untroubled in winning the shot & discus and was second in the B 300m. Chenice Constable won the high jump and was second in both 200m & long jump, and Tomi Akingbade scored a B string sprints double and was second in the triple jump.  Michelle Hughes’ winning 80m hurdles time was a new PB and took her to equal second on the club all-time list and equal fourth in the current UK rankings and she was also second in the 100m.  Tomi, Chenice, Georgie & Michelle also combined to win the relay. Sarah Wilson was the fifth team member and won the B triple jump, was second in the 800m and set a new 300m PB.

In their final match at Peterborough on 4thAugust the Havering team face second placed Bedford & fifth placed local outfit Nene Valley who are likely to field a strong team.  Despite being the only team to have beaten league leaders Stevenage – and on their home patch – Havering need to beat either Bedford or Nene Valley in the final match to definitely qualify for the Top Six final at Stevenage on 8th September but with seventh placed Norwich facing league leaders Stevenage a third place finish for Havering could still just edge it, unless Norwich win!

Table (after 4 of 5 matches):

1 Stevenage & NH  27 (2990); 2 Bedford 27 (2906); 3 Basildon 26 (2691); 4. Havering M  25 (2819.5); 5 Ipswich 25  (2701); 6. Nene Valley H 25 (2684); 7. Norwich 24 (2503)