Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 3, Chelmsford
Saturday 23rd June 2018
FINAL MATCH SCORE
The Southern League squad came out on top by almost twenty points in their third round fixture hosted at a warm and sunny Chelmsford on Saturday.
Flic Clarke set the ball rolling with victory in the opening track event, the 400m hurdles, adding B string sprint hurdles victory. Claire Brennan made it full points to win the B 400m hurdles race and was second in the B high jump while Chloe Williams took advantage of the perfect conditions to improve her 14 year old career best to win the A sprint hurdles, adding A high jump third. Bella Woods added full points over the barriers with a steeplechase win and Ginte Bailey won the 3000m.
Philippa Gill's PB brought her javelin victory, with Georgia Woodburn's PB took the B. Philippa also won the B shot in another career best as Chimdi Okpalauko won the A, and also took full points in the B discus, with Rosie Brown second in the A. Second place points were earned by Katie Dawson (400m), Katie Rafferty (1500m), and Nina Brennan (hammer) with third place points contributed by Rachel Kerr (200m) and Jade Kavanagh (100m & long jump) and Angelica Thomson was fourth in the 800m.
The relay squads took full points as Rosie, Chloe, Rachel and Flic won the sprint relay and Katie Dawson, Nina, Chloe and Flic were the 4x400m winners.
The men's squad had their best results of the season. Tom Pitkin's season's best won the 400m and Fraser Boston set new personal marks in winning the B, also finishing second in the 200m B. Jamie Buckley-Stanton's fastest 1500m clocking since 2010 brought him victory, while Rob Warner and Sam Atkins (PB) took full points in the steeplechase.
Duane Jibunoh won both the discus and javelin, and added a shot PB for second, and hard-working Arron Bonning won the vault and was runner up in three throwing events and third in the other. Under 17s Peter Brinton-Quinn (vault) and Jamal Thomas (high jump) took full points while Ben Olusesan's season's best was second in the triple jump. Shandell Taylor couldn't match his recent medal-winning efforts but scored well in all three jumps
Tom Keevil's 800m season's best was second, with Kieran O'Hara third in the B, while Elliot Cordery dipped below two minutes for the first time to win the non-scoring 800m. Gavin Watts and Robbie Cooman could not be separated as they were second in the B and fourth in the A in their track 5000m debuts. Third place points were gained by Keith Robinson (hammer), Ayo Akingbehin in both sprints and James Stewart in the B 1500m.
Tom Keevil's fast anchor confirmed second for the 4x400m quartet after good legs from Fraser, Jamie and Elliot and the sprint relay squad were third.
The squad travel to Croydon on 14th July for the fourth round, and look set for another season in Division 2, as a top two promotion finish looks out of each.
Pics: Kevin White