Eastern Youth Athletes League, Top 6 Final, Thurrock, Sunday 15th September 2019

 

Total

BU13

BU15

MU17

GU13

GU15

WU17

Havering AC

602

96

119

97

75

113

82

Shaftesbury Barnet

555

95

67

121

53

87

112

Chelmsford

531

58

66

115

83

100

89

Dacorum & Tring

521

39

117

90

69

88

96

City of Norwich

494

87

82

60

102

76

67

Thurrock

444

65

62

75

58

65

98

Link to Havering AC Results  (PDF)

The Eastern Young Athletes League squad finished their season unbeaten by adding the League Top 6 Trophy to their league title in hot and sunny conditions at Thurrock on Sunday. And wins in the three of the six age groups made for a successful end to their league season.

The powerful Under 15 Girls made it a clean sweep of six wins out of six in the age group this summer. Natalie Sewell was the only individual track winner in the 1500m, with Tilly Canty winning the B string, while Hannah Yexley was close to her best in winning the discus as Katie Ennis won the B. Ruby Higgins won the B 800m, with Stephanie Okoro second in the A, while Stephanie won the B long jump, with Freya Higginbottom was second in long jump A.  Stephanie also had a share in another victory as she joined Paris King, Paige Robinson and Uche Okpalauko in the winning sprint relay quartet.  Paris & Paige had both finished second in the sprint hurdles, and Paige had added second in the 100m B, as Uche was also runner up in the A race. Third place points were gained by Amara Nwosu (shot & hammer), Faith Reilly & Isobelle O’Connor (javelin) and Lucy Nattrass in the 300m B as Olivia Boachie was second in the 300m A race.

The Under 15 Boys edged out Dacorum & Tring by two points, to make it five EYAL wins out of six this summer.  Oliver Yexley was close to his best for javelin victory as was Oliver Grundy in winning the B. Yexley was also second in both the B hurdles and high jump. Jacob Blanc won the hurdles, and was second in the B discus and third in the 300m, with Charlie Howell winning the 300m B after placing third in the 800m A, with Dan Peters second in the B, while Shane Hart won the 1500m B.  Jonathan Taiwo won the shot with Ayo Babatunde winning the PB in his first club appearance and Jonathan added five metres to his discus best to take full points. Charlie Black’s career best won the hammer and he was also third in the 200m as Jack Botha added third place in the 200m to his earlier 100m third. Denzel Achi’s late surge took him to a win in the A 100m and he was also second in the long jump. Charlie, Jacob, Jack and Denzel comfortably won the sprint relay.

The Under 13 Boys got the better of Shaftesbury Barnet by a single point. Al Ameen Salaam’s hurdles win took him close to the club record and he added shot victory and 200m runners up points. Noah Harriott had a winning B string double in the shot & discus and the javelin pair of Robbie Brown and Teddy Matthews also took full points. Nathan Hart took the honours in the B 1500m with Oliver Taylor-Bush third in the A, and Jude Ogundare was also third in the 100m A (PB) & 200m B. Michael Tesi was discus runner up as was Sebastian Alexandru (high jump) and Oscar Shearing (B hurdles) with Oscar third in the A high jump. Jude, Kaesi Okoro, Sebastian and Al-Ameen were second in the relay.

A solid performance from the Under 13 Girls placed them third. Hannah Evan’s PB won the 1500m B as twin Charlotte was third in the A, as was Ruby Tillson in the 800m. Cassie Campbell improved her best in placing second in both sprints and Eliza Poulson and Beth Jarret were both second in the hurdles, with Beth also third in the discus. Zikora Ezeonwuka had a pair of second places in the shot (PB & 2nd best ever by a club U13) and B discus, while Lucia Ward was also second in the javelin. Bet, Ruby & Cassie were joined by Briana Ofori in the third placed relay squad.

The Under 17 men were missing their three English Schools competitors and other injured athletes. James With stepped up to the A string hurdles and improved his best for victory, with Kimathi Christie providing the only other track win in the B 400m. Peter Brinton-Quinn’s swift recovery from an injured ankle placed him second in the javelin with Hal Hutton’s PB winning the B. Second places were gained by Michael Okoro (200m B) Elijah Payne (hammer), Ejiro Akpotor (B discus and third in A shot) and Chris Brown stepped up from the U15s to place third in the triple jump. Also third were Alex Ford in the 1500m, vaulter Reece Debenham, and the sprint relay team of Michael Okoro, James With, Somto Okpalauko and Malcolm Oshungbohun.

The Under 17 women fielded a full squad for the first time this year but faced strong opposition.  Alice Brown on the discus and the B 300m in a season’s best as Mali Grant took full points in the A. Sydney Foley was second in the 1500m as was javelin thrower Adelaide Thatcher-Gray and Jess Collier in the discus. Sprinters Esther Agnimel (100m), Shalom Gbadebo (100m & 200m) and Emma Ramsden (200m B) were all third and they were joined by Mali Grant in the third placed sprint relay team. Under15s Isabelle Bartlett and Isabel O’Connor stepped up an age group to add points to the cause.

Club Chairman Tony Benton said “It’s been a fantastic summer from our young athletes who defended the Top 6 Trophy after winning their first league title since 2001. We had over 90 athletes taking part at Thurrock and most stayed until the end to join in the victory celebrations. Our volunteer team managers and coaches have done fantastic job – so thanks to all who have made these brilliant results possible” 

Link to Havering AC Results   (PDF)

Pics Jo Day & Tony Benton