Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 1, Stevenage
Saturday 13th April 2019
FINAL MATCH SCORE
The Southern League seniors started the season with a big score but were edged into third in a three-way battle for top in their season opener at Stevenage on Saturday.
The ladies team dominated proceedings with 16 victories. Mayi Hughes improved her club Under 20 & senior triple jump record with a 12.52m leap, after improving her long jump best to 5.72m for victory. Tomi Sanwo improved her best to 10.56m in winning the B. Flic Clarke's unpressed winning 400m hurdles clocking of 63.83s was her fastest since July 2013, and she was only 1/100th outside her sprint hurdles PB in second. Louise Lacy improved her javelin season's best to 42.18m as Elysha Thatcher-Gray took B string second, after winning the B shot. A string shot winner Chimdi Okpalauko was second in the discus and added hammer points.
Jade Kavanagh had a win double in the 200m and400m, as Nina Brennan won the 400m B string, as well as discus and hammer points. There were full points in the 1500m & 3000m as Kate O'Neill won the 1500m A with Ginte Bailey taking the B honours, while Vicky Smith's winning 3000m time was her best since 2013, and Morgan Campbell won the B on her track debut. Amy Baggs won the B 800m as Sophie Rand was A string runner up. The final win came from the 4x400m squad of Nina, Flic, Jade & Sophie.
Rachel Kerr (B 400m hurdles), Ellie Watson (long jump B) and Esther Agnimel (100m) added more second places as B 100m sprinter Aisha Marenah completed the ladies squad.
The men's team had to settle for a single A string win as Sam Atkins took the chase, and Martin Chester added B 'chase victory, as well as 500m B second place. B string track wins came from Richard Akinyebo in the 200m , as well as 100m B second, Fraser Boston (400m) and B 1500m George Barnacle on his debut, as James Stewart added 1500m runners up to the same placing in the A 800m.Lewis Bailey was second in the 100m as was Freddy Keefe in B 800m and the returning Jeremy Watson in the sprint hurdles.
On the field B string wins came from Tobi Idowu (long jump), Aaron Freshwater (triple jump), and javelin coach Sam Harrison, as protégé Max Law suffered a rare reverse as veteran javelin thrower Neil McLennan edged him into second. Second places were earned by Peter Brinton-Quinn (pole vault & B discus), Ben Olusesan (A triple jump), Shandell Taylor (long jump).
There were relays wins for both squads as Richard, Shandell, Fraser & Lewis took the sprint relay and Matthew Agnimel, Alex McCree and Fraser again won the 4x400m relay.
More points came from Alfie Waithaka (500m), Sam Sanusi (high jump), thrower Ed Brinton Quinn. and injured Karl Tucker who supported the team by filling a gap in the shot.
The second round is at Mile End on Sunday 19th May.