National Young Athletes’ League, Southern Premier East

Round 3 Ashford, Sunday 17th June 2012

Match result

Total

Tonbridge AC

878.5

Blackheath & Bromley

875

Croydon

774

Havering Mayesbrook

649

Basildon

619

Ashford

573.5

 

The young athletes’ squad banished any relegation fears with a battling display in the final National Young Athletes league fixture at windswept Ashford on Sunday. Although many of the team had been in county schools action the day before the strongest turn out of the season saw the team place fourth.

 

With the bottom three clubs starting the day level on match points and only four points apart on points scored every point was vital and the squad rallied to the cause to tackle extra and often unfamiliar events to help the team.

The largest Under 17 Women’s turn out of the season was big help in gaining more points than before. Georgie Taylor and Rachel Forder again took the headlines with their discus double and Rachel’s shot win but Georgie’s B string 800m second place and Rachel’s B hammer third position were just as vital in the team stakes. Good points came in the 3000m as Bella Woods was third in the A and Lindsay McLachlan took the B string honours. Beth Chambers was runner up in the triple jump and Tomi Akingbade was second in the B 300m and third in the B high jump and Mercy Gutteridge third in the vault. Beth, Georgie, Bella & Lindsay battled hard for third in the 4x300m. Aisha Kamara, Zoe Mabo, Ella-Rose Rudgley and Hannah Swift added points to the twelve-strong team tally.  

The Under 15 Girls were close to full strength and had four wins. Michelle Hughes took the A hurdles and B high jump and Chenice Constable won the A high jump, was second in the long jump and third in the B hurdles. Modupe Shokunbi won the 100m and was second in the 200m and joined Michelle, Chenice & Emma Whitby in the second placed 4x100m relay team. Katie Dawson was third in the B 200m as was Annie Maguire in the B long jump and Tolu Akingbade in the B shot. Amy Baggs and Gemma Archer-Hayley were both second in the 1500m A & B competitions while Freya Gutteridge’s discus PB placed her third with Kiera Law second in the B, and Heidi Surman-Wells was third in the 800m, Zoe Rudgley (javelin) and Robbie Nunn (800m) completed the squad.   

The young Under 13 Girls had some good results although Sophie Taylor’s B string shot victory was the only winning display.  B string Runners up spots were earned by Jessica Mitchell (1200m), Mayi Hughes (hurdles), Rochelle Constable (long jump) and Josie Waddams (high jump) and third places went to Waddams (A 150m), Hughes (B 800m) and Isabella Purdie (A long jump). Isabella & Josie joined Holly Nash & Hollie King in the third place relay squad. Rebecca Brown's 800m third place and Katie Mitchell’s 1200m fourth place completed  the line-up.

The Under 17 Men showed great team-work to cover all the events on the programme and only the 3000m B string was vacant. Robbie Clarricoats & George Hadler provided the only victories with sprint hurdles specialist Robbie winning the A 100m hurdles and B 400m hurdles and George winning the one-lap A race and B string sprint hurdles.  Five B string runners up spots showed that strength in depth counts. Nick Duffey epitomised the team effort by placing second in the discus in a new PB and also second in the B steeplechase after placing third in his preferred 800m. Ed Thompson was second in the B high jump and third in the vault and covered the 1500m and Lewis Middleton was second in the B vault. Adam Hill showed great team spirit with a PB in the 800m for fourth, third in his ‘chase debut and scoring in the 400m. Dan Bristow was third in the javelin and Harry Gibbons third in the B shot and both picked up other important throws points. Tobi Adeyemi scored a hat-trick of B string third places in both 100m, 200m and long jump, while Patrick Chimhini (200m, long & high jump) and Andrew Holland (1500m & 3000m) added to the haul.

The short-handed Under 15 boys and Under 13 Boys found top-three placings hard to come by.  Michael Duncan was the only individual top three placing for the Under 15s with third in the 300m B but team–work proved vital as all seven team members were pressed into action for the relay teams who were both third, thanks to Morgan Seaman, Robert Woodgate, Elliott Nunn and Alex Hewitt (4 x100m) and Benji Ellis, Alex again, Thomas Pitkin and Michael Duncan in the 4x300m. There were just four Under 13 boys. Aaron Westwood was third in the B 800m as was Cameron Ashdown in the B high jump, with Bailey Hearn and Oliver Morter also working hard for the team

 

League (after match 3 of 3)

 

Blackheath & Bromley

18

2643.5

Croydon

14

2434

Tonbridge

13

2482.5

Havering Mayesbrook

7

1780.5

Basildon

6

1753.5

Ashford

5

1693

Link to HMAC Results (PDF)

Photos: Mike Swift