Eastern Youth Athletes League, Top 6 Final, Stevenage, Sunday 4th September 2016

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Bedford & County

587.5

89

119

72

94

108.5

85

Ipswich

554

75

45

100

88

99

127

Stevenage & NH

520

56

82

121

37

88

116

Havering AC

506

91

78

77.5

74

75

91

Nene Valley Harriers

501.5

59

92.5

99

71

63

97

Barnet Shaftesbury

430.5

60

99

62.5

73

79

37

 

Link to Havering AC Results  (PDF)

The Under 13 boys carried off their age group trophy but overall the Eastern Young Athletes League squad had to settle for fourth as Bedford retained the Top Six final shield, beating previously unbeaten league champions Ipswich at Stevenage on Sunday.

Eight individual wins helped the Under 13 boys edged out Bedford for the trophy by two points. Talented Ejiro Akpotor won both shot & discus and now ranks second and third nationally in these events and second best all time by a club Under 13. Bradley James also impressed with wins in the hurdles, javelin & B shot, with his javelin mark the fourth best in Britain this year and second best club all time. Oliver Yexley had a win double in the B javelin & discus, while Jacob Blanc won the B hurdles and was second in the high jump and third in the B 800m – both have another year in the age group as does Matthew Blacklock who was second in the 800m A race. Daragh Thomas (100m), Ashton Thatcher-Gray and Oliver Botham (both long jump) added third place points and Alex Ford (1500m – fifth) completed the winning squad. 

Strong results in the field events, including five wins, helped the Under 13 girls place third. Lola Kuponiyi won the shot and B high jump with Nike Esho winning the high jump to go fifth in the club all-time list and was third in the hurdles and long jump.  Alice Brown and Hannah Yexley won both discus strings, and the pairing was third and second in the 800m & 1500m races. Mali Grant (200m) and Jessie Collier (shot & javelin) also added third places.  

Both Under 17 teams were fourth. Shandell Taylor was in superb form for the Under 17 Men improving his bests to win the long jump and second on countback in the high jump, both results taking him to third on the club all-time list, and he added second in the 100m. Although still an Under 15 Ben Olusesan won the triple jump and was second in the B long jump. Oliver Morter was the only other winner, with a comfortable win in the B 800m while the 1500m pairing of Jack Rice and Sam Atkins both placed second, as did Paul Okesola in the discus.

All-rounder Mayi Hughes led the way for the Under 17 Women with two wins in the high and long jumps and was edged into second in the hurdles while Jess Mitchell added the only other track win in the 1500m, with Sophie Rand third in the B. Philippa Gill scored well in the field winning the B shot and placing second in the hammer and third in the javelin, and Elysha Thatcher-Gray was A shot runner up & B javelin third. More third place points were gained by Holly Nash (high jump), Abi Shipton (300m) and Tomi Sanwo (triple jump – PB).

The Under 15 boys’ squad struggled and ended up fifth. Max Law returned for his final club competition as an Under 15 with a javelin & discus double and Joe Hogan-O’Neill produced the only other win in the B discus. Harry Jones (1500m) and Peter Brinton-Quinn (javelin B) placed second and hard won third places went to Kimathi Christie (300m & 800m B), Alex Friend (800m A), Emmanuel Lawal (hurdles) Ben Hamberger )B high jump) and AJ Jordan (B shot).

The Under 15 girls also found the going tough in fifth. Grace Newson provided two of the four victories in the hurdles and long jump, with B string Millie Hodges second in both, while the discus duo of Rosie Brown and Robyn Moody added the other two wins, with Robyn adding third place in the B shot. Molly Sweetman was second in the 800m, as was B javelin thrower Amy Nash, with Adelaide Thatcher-Gray third in the A.

Link to Havering AC Results   (PDF)

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