Eastern Young Athletes’ League, Hemel Hempstead Sunday 15th June 2014

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Havering

722.5

132

91

139

92

119.5

129

Dacorum & Tring

639

116

105

108

80

108

102

Ipswich

572

104

71

35

94

94

107

St Albans

504.5

75

118

42

93

63.5

93

Woodford Green & EL

415

47

94

77

31

95

51

Watford

348

58

55

37

73

87

18

Luton

317

25

52

34

103

62

26

A comfortable victory at Hemel Hempstead in the third Eastern Young Athletes League fixture has lifted the squad to second in the table, and they are on course for a place in the end of season Top 6 Final after victories in four of the six age groups ensured a winning margin of over 80 points over hosts Dacorum.

The powerful Under 13 boys notched up wins in a dozen individual events plus the relay. There were hat tricks of wins for Jairzinho Morris who won both sprints and the long jump, and Max Law who took full points in shot, discus and javelin, again improving his club record in the latter. B string victories were claimed by Tobi Idowu in the 100m, Oliver Woods (1500m), Sam Mezoori (long jump), Joseph Hogan-O'Neill, shot and Hal Hutton, discus.

The under 17 men had nine individual wins on the way to victory in the age group. Sonny Nash won javelin and hammer, the day after winning javelin gold in the Kent schools championships, while 400m hurdler Tom Pitkin stepped up to the 800m to win in a new PB and added sprint hurdles victory. Michael Duncan won the A discus with Zak Mezoori made it a double win taking the B string, as did Ed Johnson in the B javelin. Matt Owers, hurdles and Brad West, 1500m also scored B string maximum points.

A strong team display brought victory for the under 15 girls who had just one a string victory, as Philippa Gill won the shot, with Elysha Thatcher-Gray winning the B, and more B string victories for Kate O'Neill in the 1500m and Isabella Purdie (hurdles plus 2nd long jump) plus a win for the sprint relay squad . Second place points were earned by Jessica Mitchell and Becca Brown, in the 800m and 1500m A strings, Mayi Hughes, long jump and hurdles, and the high jump pairing of Elizabeth Adams and Natasha Dowie.

The under 17 women won by a huge 26 point margin, thanks to 13 individual wins and a relay victory. Michelle Hughes had a trio of wins in the 300m, long jump and B javelin, and Modupe Shokunbi eased to a sprint double. Sarah Wilson and Heidi Surman-wells took full points in the 800m, and Heidi added a B long jump win. Alice Martin won the A javelin and B shot, and Katie Dawson won the 300m A.  Lucy Bailey and Shannon Dooley won both hurdles strings and the sprint relay squad rounded off the afternoon with another victory.

The under 13 girls were third and the hurdles duo of Millie Hodges & Grace Newson provided the only victories. Second place points were won by Mia Skipper in A discus and B shot, Poppy Ellis (800m B) and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray (javelin A).

The throwing events produced good points for the under 15 boys as Paul Okesola won both A string shot and discus, with Harvey Addison winning both B string wins, and making it a hat trick with B javelin victory, as Kieran Riddell was second in the A. Oliver Morter was second in the 800m and Lewis Debenham was a worthy winner of the B race.

League (after 3 of 5): Stevenage 20 - 2375.5; Havering 20 - 2003; Bedford 19- 2196; Shaftesbury 19- 1853.5; Dacorum & Tring 18 - 1939; four teams on 17 points. 

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Photos (Gary Howard)