National Youth Development League, Division Premier 1, Round 1,

Bracknell, Saturday 22nd April 2017

Match Result

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Southampton AC

     541.0

2

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

     481.5

3

Havering AC

     436.0

4

Bracknell AC

     417.5

5

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC

     392.5

6

City of Portsmouth AC

     320.5

Havering’s newly promoted young athletes stepped up a division with ease as they earned an impressive third place finish in their first competition in the highest division of the National Youth Development League for Under 13s & Under 15s at Bracknell on Saturday.

The Under 13 Boys turned in a strong performances notching up six wins.  Oliver Yexley improved his UK-leading javelin best to take full points, and added a 1500m B string win and shot runners up spot. Jacob Blanc won the long jump and was second in both 100m and high jump and Dominic Alexandru won the B 100m and was 200m B runner up and third in the B hurdles. Patrick McLean-Tattan won the B high jump and was third in the A hurdles before joining Oliver, Jacob and Dominic in the second place sprint relay team.  Alex Kerr completed the honours with a B long jump victory.

A strong showing in the field events were the key to the Under 15 Boys’ performance. Ejiro Akpotor won the discus, and the B shot and was B hammer runner up, and John Ryan improved his best to win the A shot.  Peter Brinton-Quinn won the vault, Hal Hutton was second in the B discus and Ashton Thatcher-Gray third in the B long jump.  There were no track victories but top three finishes were earned by Somto Okpalauko (100m B – 2nd), Kimathi Christie & Oscar Osuala (300m A & B – both 3rd). More track third places went to Alex Ford (1500m ) and Bradley James (hurdles), and Brad was also third in the javelin. Both relay teams were third as Daragh Thomas and Kester Tomy joined Somto & John in the 4x100m squad, while Somto (again), Oscar & Kimathi combined with Luke Chester in the 4x300m event.

The Under 15 Girls’ field strength also made the difference. Lola Kuponiyi won the shot in her first competition in the age group, and her putt took her to second on the club all-time lists.  Alice Brown won the B discus, and Robyn Moody was edged out of victory in the discus A and the versatile duo also added 300m third places.  Jessie Collier was second in the B javelin and for the first time ever the club had two U15 vaulters as Jessie & Alice Atkins were fourth A & second B on their vault debuts.  Grace Griffiths was second in the B shot & third in the high jump and Adelaide Thatcher-Gray bagged pair of third places in the A javelin & B hammer. The hurdles pairing of Elize Bonning & Sophia Holloway were both third.

Paige Robinson starred for the Under 13 Girls winning both the 75m & 150m sprints and placing second in the hurdles, as Uche Okpalauko won the B 75m and Stephanie Okoro celebrated her 11th birthday with third places in both the 150m B & 800m A. Second place points went to Tilly Canty (1200m) & Paris King (hurdles) on their debuts and Freya Higginbottom was third in the long jump.  Their day ended on a high Stephanie, Uche, Paris & Paige were second in the relay.

The squad’s performance was even more impressive as they were missing many middle distance first choice team members, resting ahead of Sunday’s mini-marathon, for whom their stand-ins scored important points. The team will look forward with confidence to the second round trip to National Champions Southampton next month.

 

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