Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 2, Eastbourne
Saturday 20th May 2018
FINAL MATCH SCORE
A strong performance from the ladies team, including a club record, was not enough to place higher than third in the second round Southern League fixture at Eastbourne on Sunday as the hosts triumphed over first round winners Ashford.
Mayi Hughes opened her season in style by improving her club Under 20 and senior triple jump record to 12.08m, the fourth longest by an U20 in the UK this year, and added two other wins in the long jump and B sprint hurdles in her first race at the senior event. There was a clean sweep in the hurdles as Chloe Williams won the A, and Flic Clarke and Claire Brennan won both strings of the 400m hurdles, with Claire adding a B string triple jump win and pole vault second place.
There were good points in the throws as Chimdi Okpalauko took full points in the shot & discus, Philippa Gill won the B shot and was second in the hammer, and Nina Brennan won the B discus and was second in the hammer, and Georgia Woodburn won the B javelin.
On the track Jess Mitchell took her first steps back to fitness with a comfortable 1500m win, as Ginte Bailey won the B and was second in the 5000m, and Clare Davies won the B 5000m on her debut and was second in the 800m. Both relay teams were also second.
There were no wins for the men’s squad who had to draw on youth and experience. Karl Tucker had a hat-trick of second places in the A 110m hurdles, and both sprints, as Lewis Bailey was second in the 100m. Kieran Riddell added two second places in the 400m hurdle and the B high jump. Duane Jibunoh improved his discus season’s best – which had won the recent British league Div 2 match - but down in SAL Div 2 had to settle for second, and he completed a trio of second places in the shot & javelin.The club will hope to field a stronger squad when they host the third round fixture at Hornchurch on 23rd June.
Photos - Gavin Watts