Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 1, Ipswich
Saturday 14th April 2018
FINAL MATCH SCORE
Gaps in several events cost the Havering Southern League squad second place in their opening Division 2 fixture as hosts Ipswich ran out easy winners on Saturday.
The ladies team notched up a dozen victories with some promising results from athletes making their league debut. Alex Adeniji celebrated her 16th birthday a few days early as she won both discus and shot in new personal bests, adding over two metres to her discus best and improving the club Under 17 best with the senior weight shot which has stood since 1980 - her 11.33m putt was also the sixth longest ever by a club female. Chimdi Okpalauko took the B shot and was runner up in the B discus.
Chloe Williams was in fine form winning the sprint hurdles and high jump, while Claire Brennan recorded a trio of wins in the B sprint hurdles, the 400m hurdles and B string javelin. There were excellent points in the distance events as Kate O'Neill's PB took the 1500m, with Ginte Bailey wining the B, and Bailey also improved her best for runner up in the 3000m as Sophie Rand's PB took the B string honours.
Jade Kavanagh recorded a hat-trick of runners up places in the 100m, 200m & long jump, and added another second place joining Chloe, Claire and Elizabeth Adams in the sprint relay. More runners up spots went to Keturah Christie in the high jump and Nina Brennan in the hammer.
For the men Lewis Bailey's winning sprint double headed the track highlights and Shandell Taylor's victories in the long & high jumps topped the field action. The pair were joined by Karl Tucker, winner of the sprint hurdles, and Ayo Ayomide, who won the B 200m and was B 100m runner up, to form the winning sprint relay quartet. Wins for Fraser Boston (400m B string) and debutant Peter Brinton-Quinn (B pole vault) completed the tally of wins.
Freddy Keefe was second in the B 800m in a new PB in his first track race since 201 and veteran Arron Bonning notched up two second places in the A vault and B javelin among his five events. Matthew Agnimel, Fraser Boston, Sam Atkins and Lewis Bailey were the second placed 4x400m squad.
The squad hope to fare better on their a trip to the south coast next time out as Eastbourne host the round 2 fixture on 20th May.