Young Athletes League squad booked their place at the end of season Top
Six final when they pushed unbeaten league champions Ipswich all the way
in the final match at Chelmsford on Sunday.
Under 15 boys’
squad won by a clear margin winning 11 individual events – eight of them
in the field - and the relay. Max Law won his customary javelin &
discus double and there were two other A string victories from Joe
Hogan-O’Neill in the shot and high jumper Euan McDonnell. Ben Hamberger
added a B high jump win, and Somto Okpalauko (long jump), Robert Moore
(shot) and Charlie Savill (javelin) add to the B string winning tally.
Moore (hammer A), Hogan-O’Neill (discus B) & AJ Jordan (long jump A)
ensured that the Havering U15s were either first or second in all the
field events. On the track JJ Morris won the 200m and was 100m runner
up while Kimathi Christie & AJ Jordan again won both 300m races, with
Jordan also placing second in the B 200m. The dominance was complete
when the quartet of Joe, Somto, AJ & JJ took the relay honours.
The field events
also underpinned the Under 13 girls’
victory winning all five A strings
and three of the five B strings. Nike Esho won both high and long jumps
and Lola Kuponiyi won the shot and B high jump. Alice Brown and Maddie
Georgiou won both discus strings, with Brown also second in the javelin
and Ruby Mace added the javelin with a new club record & B shot to her hurdles win for a hat
trick of victories. Alice Atkins won the B 800m and was hurdles runner
up, and more track second places went to Paige Robinson – 100m & 200m
and Sydney Foley (800m).
Under 13 boys
were second notching up wins in seven individual events and the relay.
Newcomer Ejiro Akpotor won both shot & discus and his throws were both
the fourth best all time by a club Under 13, with his shot throw taking
him into the UK top 10. His B string partners Timi McDaniel (shot) &
Mason Smith (discus) both won, as did the javelin pairing of Oliver
Yexley & Ashton Thatcher-Gray. Ashton added long jump second place, as
did his B string partner Jacob Blanc. Matthew Blacklock won the 800m,
and was second in the 200m B, with Charlie Black second in the 800m B,
while the hurdles duo of Daragh Thomas & Patrick McLean-Tattan also both
claimed second spots. The relay squad of Patrick, Daragh, Ashton & Jacob
added to the victory roll.
800m PB was one of two A string wins for the
Under 15 girls,
with Rosie Brown’s discus win being the other.
Brown added a win in the B 800m and more B string success came from
Grace Newson (hurdles), Teshanne Esho (shot) & Robyn Moody (discus).
Millie Hodges (hurdles A) and Newson again (long jump B) added second
places as the team also placed second.
Under 17 women
had seven wins and four runners up places in their second place showing.
All rounder Mayi Hughes had a trio of wins in the hurdles, long jump &
high jump, while track success went to Jess Mitchell (800m), Kate
O’Neill (1500m) and Shannon Dooley (B hurdles) and Philippa Gill added a
B shot win. Katherine Buckley and Chimdi Okpalauko were both second in
the discus, as were Elysha Thatcher-Gray (javelin) & Millie Redgrave
starred for the Under 17 Men
with winning performances in the 100m, high jump & long jump , all in
PBs, Paul Okesola won the discus and was second in the hammer and
debutant Ben Olusesan made a winning club debut with victory against
older opposition in the triple jump. Kieran Riddell (hurdles), Jack
Noons (vault) and Sam Atkins (B discus) all placed second.
The team ended the
season in third place in the table and now look forward to the high
quality end of season Top 6 Final, at Stevenage on 4th