Eastern Youth Athletes League, Top 6 Final, Ipswich, Sunday 2nd September 2018

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Havering

573.0

65

112

96.5

89

104

86.5

Shaftesbury Barnet

563.0

78

95

119

65

87

99

Basildon

545.5

89

81.5

98.5

71

100

90.5

City of Norwich

499.5

83

71.5

67

82.5

83

97.5

Dacorum & Tring

481.0

61

77

93

64.5

80

85.5

Ipswich Harriers

464.0

62

83

72

67

62

98

Link to Havering AC Results  (PDF)

The young athletes squad turned the tables on league champions Shaftesbury Barnet at Ipswich on Sunday to lift the end of season Top 6 Trophy for the first time since 2003. The day also saw victories in three of the six age groups and a new club record.

The Under 15 Boys were victorious by 17 points with wins in 10 individual events and the relay. Toby Bishop and Jacob Blanc won both hurdles races and Toby was also high jump runner up and third in the pole vault. Sam Sanusi won the long jump and the B shot, and Ashton Thatcher-Gray added B long jump honours. Bradley James and Oliver Yexley celebrated a javelin double, another winning double came in the discus as Ejiro Akpotor won the A string and Patrick McLean-Tattan the B, and Ejiro was also A shot runner up. Daragh Thomas completed the victory roll win a B high jump win, adding second in the B 300m, and he joined Michael Okoro, Sam Sanusi and Malcolm Oshungbohun in the relay squad who set a season's best for victory. Jed Oni's B 200m runners up spot and Malcolm Oshungbohun completed the top three placings.

The Under 15 Girls have been strong all season and took the age group title, although Basildon pushed them all the way. Lola Kuponiyi added a massive .64 cms to her club record and UK leading mark of 14.36m and can move up to the Under 17 age group with confidence, as only three U17 athletes have thrown further in that age group this year. Alice Brown won both 300m and discus, with Hannah Yexley wining the discus B and Olivia Boachie runner up in the 300m B race. Ruby Mace took the B shot to add to her hurdles second and high jump third places. Bella Smith took the 100m honours and Natalie Sewell front ran to 1500m victory. Tayllah Barton-Conde had a trio of second places in the 200m, long jump and high jump, and Shalom Gbadebo (200m), Paige Robinson (hurdles) and Freya Higginbottom (long jump) all added B string runners up points. Freya, Paige, Shalom and Bella combined for second in the relay.

Five wins helped the Under 13 Girls to victory.  Ruby Higgins dominated the 800m as did the 1500m pairing of Stephanie Okoro and Tilly Canty, while Stephanie was also 200m runner up. Katie Ennis and Faith Reilly had a winning double in the discus, with Katie also second in the javelin and Faith was second in the shot B and third in the A javelin, as Zikora Ezeonwuka's shot PB placed second. Paris King was hurdles runner up and third in the 100m, as Rania Richards was second in the B 100m. Tilly, Stephanie, Ruby and Paris rounded off a good day with second in the relay to seal victory.

The Under 13 Boys found the going tough but scored consistently all afternoon. There were no wins but Dominic Alexandru took second in the A high jump despite nursing an injury, and there were B string second places for long jumper Denzel Bilson and Matthew Page in the javelin. A string third places were gained by Reece Malcolmd in the A long jump and Joel Hutton in the javelin while Sebastian Alexandru was third in both the hurdles and high jump. Daniel Lammas, Reece, Denzel and Lewis Dixon were third in the relay.

The Under 17 Women have been short-handed all season and Sunday was no exception. Jade Kavanagh scored a hat-trick of wins in the 200m, long jump and 300m B string, with Poppy Ellis holding on for 300m A string victory. There were good points in the throws, as Rosie Brown took the discus, with Robyn Moody winning the B, and placing second in the B shot as Alex Adeniji won the shot A. Adelaide Thatcher-Gray was second in the javelin as was vaulter Charlotte Wright. The squad promoted under 15s as Uche Okpalauko who was third in the B 200m and equalled her 100m best, while Rebecca O'Rourke and debutant Ella Burgess stepped up to score in the 1500m. Jade Kavanagh's anchor brought the relay squad into third after legs from Esther Agnimel, Uche Okpalauko and Charlie Wright.

The Under 17 Men had five victories, with Reece Harriott contributing two of these, winning the A 400m after scoring full points in the B 800m. Richard Akinyebo's 200m victory, after his 100m runners up placing, was the other track win and Charlie Savill's javelin victory took the winning tally to four, and Luke Chester's B string win made it five. Somto Okpalauko added 400m B second place to his 200m third spot, and third places were achieved by Tobi Idowu (long jump A and 100m B), the 1500m pair of Harry Jones & Louis Berrett (PB), vaulter Reece Debenham (PB), Aaron Freshwater (high jump & triple jump), and Kimathi Christie in the A triple jump.

Club spokesman Tony Benton said "After finishing runners up in the league we hoped to go one better in the final and despite some late withdrawals the athletes pulled together to cover gaps to earn those vital points which helped to ensure a ten point margin over the league champions. Although initially it was announced that Shaftsbury had won, a recount revealed that Havering had taken the honours. It was a great way to end a great season for our club teams and thanks to our team managers and officials who made it possible".

Link to Havering AC Results   (PDF)

Pics Kevin White & Tony Benton