Eastern Youth Athletes League, Top 6 Final, Bedford, Sun 6th September 2015

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Bedford & County

583.5

84

108

108

101

86.5

76

Basildon

566.5

99

96.5

110

72

80

93

Ipswich

527.5

49.5

98.5

79

77.5

83.5

119.5

Stevenage & North Herts

490

70

83

90

57.5

76.5

89

Nene Valley

485.5

39

88

80

62

96.5

100

Havering AC

479

91.5

40

93

68

97

69.5

 

Link to Havering AC Results  (PDF)

The Under 15 girls took the age group honours, but late drop outs consigned the Eastern Young Athletes squad to the wooden spoon position in the Top 6 Trophy Final, as league champions Bedford completed the double on home territory on Sunday.

The Under 15 girls’ victory came by the narrowest of margins, by just half a point over Nene Valley. Mayi Hughes starred providing the only two A string victories in both hurdles and long jump, as well as placing second in the high jump, with Isabella Purdie making it a hurdles double with B string victory. Philippa Gill smashed her previous best to set a new club shot record of 11.10m, losing out only to UK Number 1 Hannah Molyneux, with Isobel McDonach winning the B. Philippa was also runner up in the B javelin and Isobel second in the 300m. There were good points in the 1500m as Kate O’Neill took second in the A and Jess Mitchell won the B, while Molly Sweetman ran well for second in the 800m. Millie Hodges stepped in at short notice and took full points in the B discus while Jade Kavanagh’s strong finish in the 200m placed second. Third place points were earned by Rosie Brown (800m & discus) and Tilly Metz-White (javelin).

The Under 13 boys put in a strong challenge with wins in eight individual events and the relay but had to settle for second overall.  Kareem Jerome again stole the headlines with wins in both sprints and sprint relay victory was a formality after good legs from Victor Hughes, Kimathi Christie and Ashton Thatcher-Gray handed over to a winning lead which Kareem considerably extended.  Kimathi also recorded a win double taking the A string 800m and B string 100m, as well as equaling his high jump best. Victor’s excellent 200m PB placed him third and Ashton won the B long jump. Recent recruit Alfie Parish made an instant impression with victory in the shot, with the second longest ever throw by a club U13 while more good throws points came when Peter Brinton-Quinn won the javelin and was second in the discus, while Hal Hutton won the B discus and was B javelin runner-up. 

There was a third place finish for the Under 17 Men after a good team performance. Ben Davis’ last lap charge brought 1500m A string victory and a new career best while Fraser Boston returned from injury with an excellent wins in the 100m B and second place in the A 200m A, with Richard Peel winning the B 200m in a new PB after placing third in the 100m. Matt Owers improved his best for second in the 400m, with Alex McCree also second in the B, after winning the long jump B event. Paul Okesola set new marks in placing second in the discus, while Jack Noons also equaled his best for second in the vault, and third places were gained by Shandell Taylor in both long & high jumps.

The Under 13 girls had mixed fortunes, taking full points in the throws but struggling to make an impression on the track. Robyn Moody had a hat-trick of wins with victories in the A shot and discus, and B javelin (PB), and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray made it full points with javelin A victory. Alice Brown won the B discus and Grace Griffiths’ PB took B shot honours. Grace was also B hurdles runner up , as was her A string partner Elize Bonning, with third place points earned by Emily Davies (800m B) and Isabella Smith (high jump).

Jack Rice’s comfortable 1500m win was the highlight for the Under 15 boys who were badly hit by on-the-day withdrawals, who were already short-handed. Thanks to the other eight athletes who made the trip: Jairzinho Morris, Tobi Idowu, Ayden Jordan, Edward Laughlin, Ben Hamberger, Aaron Freshwater, Joseph Hogan-O’Neill and James Adams.

The Under 17 Women also found the going tough, and had to draw on four Under 15s to fill gaps. Katie Dawson scored well with runners-up placings in both 300m & high jump, and third in the triple jump, with Abi Shipton also second in the high jump B, as was Annie Maguire in the triple jump A and Amy Baggs in the B discus. Shannon Dooley was third in the hurdles, as was Elysha Thatcher-Gray (shot) and Josie Waddams (long jump). Thanks to Under 15s Chloe Morter (800m), Sophie Rand (1500m), Kerys Middleton (hammer & discus) and Amy Nash (javelin) for answering the call to step up and age group.

Link to Havering AC Results  (PDF)