Eastern Young Athletes’ League, Cambridge Sunday 2nd July 2017

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Havering AC

869.5

130

144.5

145

135

138

157

Stevenage & North Herts

633.5

75

113.5

112

80

87

147

Watford

622

92

122

75

77

126

110

Cambridge & Coleridge

541

115

86

89

66

109

56

Braintree & District

341

40

31

7

91

76

81

Colchester & Tendring

247

32

28

59

31

50

32

West Suffolk

177

0

22

29

87

12

12

Link to Havering AC Individual results (PDF)

The all-conquering Eastern Young Athletes League squad maintained their unbeaten record with a massive points victory at the Cambridge University track on Sunday. Fine conditions ensured a glut of personal bests and two club records, as Havering squads won all six age groups to pass their Cambridge exams with honours.

The Under 13 Girls continue to sweep all before them and won by 44 points after winning 12 of the 18 events on offer. Stephanie Okoro won the 800m and the B long jump and the 200m events, Uche Okpalauko took full points in the B 100m & high jump, and Freya Higginbottom won both the A high jump and long jump. They were joined in the sprint relay squad by Paige Robinson who had placed second in her 100m, 200m & hurdles races, despite setting new bests in each, and the talented quartet smashed the club record which had stood since 1995 with a second 54.2 second clocking.  Hannah Yexley won the discus, 800m B and was B shot runner up, Chloe Rand the 1500m B, and Maddie Georgiou the B discus while Jenna Cavanagh (javelin) & Holly Bradley (hurdles) added second place points.

The Under 13 Boys were also dominant with a dozen wins. Matthew Blacklock improved his bests to win both 200m & 800m and his B string partners Joshua Stephenson (200m) and Billy Titley (800m) also scored full points. Jacob Blanc won the 100m & high jump, and was long jump runner up with all his B string partners winning - Jack Botha (100m), Patrick McLean-Tattan (high jump) and Lewis Dixon (long jump). Dominic Alexandru won the hurdles and Oliver Yexley extended his lead at the top of the UK javelin rankings with a new personal best, with Shane Hart second in the B. Jacob, Dominic and Jack were joined by Charlie Black in the winning relay squad.

There was victory for the Under 15 Girls who held off a strong Watford challenge.  Ruby Mace starred with wins in the hurdles, javelin & B 300m all in new career bests. Alice Brown & Robyn Moody added a discus double, and Alice added a win in the 800m and Robyn won the B shot. Lola Kuponiyi won the shot & B high jump and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray the B javelin. Strong support came from second places from Bella Smith (100m), Nike Esho (High jump & hurdles), Alice Atkins (pole vault) and Mali Grant (200m).

There were ten individual wins for the Under 15 Boys, eight of them in the field events, where there were also four second places. John Ryan won the shot and hammer, Phil Okoh the discus and and was second in the B shot, Bradley James won the javelin and B discus and Luke Chester the B javelin. Ashton Thatcher-Gray won the B long jump with Somto Okpalauko second in the A string. Kimathi Christie won the 300m , with Somto winning the B and Kimathi was high jump runner up. Jonny Cavanagh won the vault and Oliver Ray added B 800m victory and B high jump second place. Michael Okoro, Somto, and John were joined by Kester Tomy in the second placed relay squad.

The Under 17 Women wracked up 15 wins. Mayi Hughes starred winning the hurdles, long jump and high jump - the latter two in PBs, with Jade Kavanagh adding B long jump and 200m victories, both in PBs, to her second placed 100m best.  Jess Mitchell won the 800m and B 300m, Molly Sweetman the B 800m, Kate O'Neill and Sophie Rand scored full 1500m points, and Grace Newson won the B hurdles. On the field Philippa Gill improved her club hammer record in second and also won the shot, and Chimdi Okpalauko won the B shot & discus, Vanessa Mensah won the B high jump, and second places went to Rosie Brown (discus) and Lydia Mwanza (triple jump). Grace, Vanessa, Rosie and Jade were relay runners up.

The Under 17 Men also won comfortably. Reece Harriott and Sam Atkins won the 800m & 1500m respectively, with Alex Friends winning both B string events. Sam Atkins also won the B high jump, as Nathanael Adeniran won the A. JJ Morris won the 200m A, with Tobi Idowu winning the B.  Ben Olusesan was runner up in the long jump and triple jump, as was Ayden Jordan in the shot, Harry Varanauskas in the hurdles & B triple jump and Louis Berrett in the B javelin.

Club spokesman Tony Benton said "This was another fantastic performance for the squad, many of whom had got home late on Saturday after competing in the schools cup final at Oxford - so they've had a real university challenge this weekend! On now to Ipswich on 30th July where the squad go head to head with the unbeaten hosts in what looks to be a shoot off for the league title".

 

League – Top 6 after 3 of 5

1. HAVERING   21 League – 2487.5 (match);

2. IPSWICH 21 - 2357.5;

3. NENE VALLEY 20 - 2168.5

4. BEDFORD 19 - 2168.5;

5.  SHAFTESBURY 18 - 2245.5;

6. CHELMSFORD 18 - 2065

Link to Havering AC Individual results (PDF)

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