Eastern Youth Athletes League, Top 6 Final, Bedford, Sunday 3rd September 2017

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

1 Bedford & County

576.5

74.5

82

93

98

100

109

2 Havering AC

560.5

94.5

90

72

94.5

70

119.5

3. Basildon AC

546

56

117

113

63.5

96.5

80

4. Ipswich Harriers

527.5

80

44

116

85

81

101.5

5. Nene Valley

493

69

93

93

44

95

79

6. Shaftesbury Barnet

372.5

53

80

51

49

75.5

43

Link to Havering AC Results  (PDF)

There were age group titles for the Under 13 boys and Under 17 Women on Sunday as the Eastern Young Athletes League squad were runners up to the hosts Bedford who defended the Top 6 Final Trophy as league champions Ipswich could only finished fourth.

With 37 of the Under 13 and Under 15 teams having competed the previous day at Birmingham there were some tired legs on display and the chilly and damp conditions took a further edge off individual performances but there was no doubting the effort and commitment athletes showed in their bid to lift the Top 6 trophy title.

The powerful Under 17 Women have had a superb season and they capped this with age group victory at Bedford. Mayi Hughes and Jade Kavanagh both had two wins and a second in their individual events. Mayi won the high and long jump and was hurdles runner up, while Jade took the 200m and B long jump, after losing out in the 100m. Jade’s superb anchor brought the sprint relay team home in third after legs by Grace Newson (B string hurdles winner), Mayi Hughes and discus winner Rosie Brown. Philippa Gill was another double winner with victories in the shot and hammer and Alex Adeniji took full points in the B discus and shot. On the track Jess Mitchell won the 800m, with Sophie Rand third in the B, and Kate O’Neill won the 1500m B, as Molly Sweetman was overhauled in the A string after making the early pace. Vanessa Mensah added another third place in the B high jump, as the squad had a 10.5 cushion over runners up Bedford.

The Under 13 boys added a second successive age group victory. Oliver Yexley won the javelin, was discus runner up and third in the shot, while Jacob Blanc won the hurdles and was high jump runner up. Shane Hart had two B string wins taking the 1500m B and javelin B, and Charlie Black won the B 200m and was second in the 800m A. Patrick McLean-Tattan won the B discus, was B shot runner up and third in the long jump, with Lewis Dixon third in the long jump B, and Dominic Alexandru won the B high jump and was B hurdles runner up. Matthew Blacklock was edged out on the line in the 1500m A and joined Jacob, Dominic and Jack Botha in the third placed relay quartet.

The Under 13 girls came close to victory but Bedford emerged victorious by 3.5 points. After winning at Birmingham, Freya Higginbottom jumped even further for victory with 4.90m to come within 2 cms of the club record which has stood for 17 years, and also added victory in the B 200m.  Hannah Yexley won the discus and won the B 800m from the front, and Uche Okpalauko won the shot in a new PB, was second in the high jump and third in the B 100m, as Claudia Attewell won the B shot. Stephanie Okoro added B long jump victory to her 800m second place, Paige Robinson was second in the hurdles and 200m and third in the 100m, and Paris King second in the hurdles B race, as the pair combined with Stephanie & Uche in the relay squad who lost out in a close finish. Natalie Sewell and Tilly Canty added third place points in both 1500m strings.

There was a strong all-round showing from the third placed Under 15 boys. Kimathi Christie won the 300m then cleared a new career best to win the high jump, Peter Brinton-Quinn took the plaudits with pole vault victory, and was B javelin runner up, with Bradley James winning the A javelin. Somto Okpalauko was second in the B 300m and third in the long jump, and Phil Okoh (discus) and Ejiro Akpotor (shot) added B string seconds, with Ejiro adding A discus third, and John Ryan third in the shot. Third place points were earned by Henry lay (B 1500m) and long jumper Ashton Thatcher-Gray.

The Under 15 girls had four wins to celebrate. Ruby Mace won the hurdles, and was third in the javelin, Lola Kuponiyi added a win in the shot to her high jump B third place, and Robyn Moody’s discus PB took A string victory and meant that Alice Brown had to settle for a win in the B string discus. Adelaide Thatcher-Gray was second in the B javelin, Freya Killilea was third in the hammer & B shot and Alice Atkins third in the vault.

Oliver Woods’ B string javelin win was the only victory for the Under 17 Men. Reece Harriott (400m), Nathanael Adeniran (high jump) and Tobi Idowu (long jump) were all second in their A string competitions while Ben Olusesan (A Triple jump & B long jump), Joe Hogan O’Neill (hammer), Euan McDonnell (B high jump ) and Harry Jones (1500m B) all placed third.

With so many athletes having competed the day before, it was a busy and successful weekend for all concerned, to round off the most successful season for several years from the club’s young athletes with hopes of more to come in the future.

Link to Havering AC Results   (PDF)

 

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