Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 3, Chelmsford
Saturday 15th June 2019
PROVISIONAL MATCH SCORE
A hard-fought victory at Chelmsford on Saturday has boosted the Southern League senior team's promotion hopes with two of the five fixtures remaining.
There was a strong performance from the men's squad who notched up wins in 12 individual track events and both relays. There were full points in the sprint events as Richard Akinyebo and Lewis Bailey won both 100m & 200m, and Fraser Boston and Matthew Agnimel took full points in the 400m. Grant Twist had a win double in the 800m and 'chase, and his B string partners Alex Friend (800m) and Sam Atkins ('chase) came out on top too.
James Connor was victorious in his first 5000m race for three years, with B string partner James Stewart third on his track debut at this distance. Kieran O'Hara was 1500m B string runner up and Louis Berrett (1500m A) and the returning Kieran Riddell (400m hurdles) completed the track line up.
There were wining field events doubles from Shandell Taylor in the long jump and high jump, and Laurence Goodacre with season's best in the shot and discus. There were field event runners up spots for triple jump pairing Success Ariyibi and Aaron Freshwater, Tobi Idowu in the B long jump, and Peter Brinton-Quinn in the javelin B after placing this in a high quality vault, with Reece Debenham third in the B. Oliver Woods was third in the A javelin, Arron Boning made his first meeting of the year with points in the shot, discus and hammer and coach Sam Harrison covered a gap in the A hammer.
The relay squads rounded off the proceedings in style as Shandell, Matthew, Fraser and Richard won the sprint relay and Matthew & Fraser combined with Somto Okpalauko and Alex McCree for 4x400m relay success.
For the ladies 15 year old Sydney Foley won both 1500m and 3000m on her league debut, with Clare Davies runner up in both B strings, and Ginte Bailey's 800m debut saw her place second. Claire Brennan had a trio of wins in the B pole vault and both B hurdles, plus second in the B javelin, with Flic Clarke winning the 400m hurdles A and second in the A sprint hurdles.
Jade Kavanagh stepped down to the 200m and improved her best for victory despite the strong headwinds and there were second places for 100m sprinters Esther Agnimel and Aisha Marenah, with 400m duo Nina Brennan and Amy Baggs both third, as was Rachel Kerr in the B 200m.
Chimdi Okpalauko added the only field A string win in the shot, and was discus runner up and Jessie Collie's discus PB took B string honours to add to her vault second place. Lydia Mwanza's triple jump PB placed third and she was second in the long jump B, and Ellie Watson and Alice Atkins added more jump points. Elysha Thatcher-Gray's javelin PB placed her third.
Aisha, Flic, Alice and Esther combined to place second in the sprint relay and Amy, Nina, Flic and Jade ended the day with victory in the 4x 400m event.
The squad's second successive win puts them in amongst the league leaders and with the remaining two fixtures close to home at Woodford will hope to mount a strong challenge
Pics: Peter Warner