National Youth Development League, Division Premier 1, Round 3

Eton, Sunday 17th June 2017

Match Result

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Southampton AC

543

2

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

542

3

Havering AC

510.5

4

Bracknell AC

489

5

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC

431

6

City of Portsmouth AC

389.5

Havering’s young athletes turned in a sizzling performance on the hottest day of the year to finish third after at times exchanging the lead with the two strongest teams in the country, in the top flight National Youth Development League match for Under 13s and Under 15s at Eton on Sunday.

Paige Robinson starred for the Under 13 Girls winning the 75m and finishing second in the 150m and third in the hurdles – all in new bests. Freya Higginbottom’s PB won the high jump and Uche Okpalauko won the B and also smashed her150m for a clear victory.  Stephanie Okoro improved her bests to earn second places in the 75m B, long jump, and 800m and Paris King’s hurdles PB almost brought her B string victory.  Steph, Uche, Paris & Paige combined to finish second in the relay. Natalie Sewell was edged out of victory after a battling 1200m run but was rewarded with the third fastest ever time by a club Under 13.

The field events once again provided good points for the Under 15 Girls. Robyn Moody and Alice Brown once again made it double delight in the discus, and Lola Kuponiyi won the shot with Moody again second in the B.   Improving Jessie Collier’s new vault best was the second highest ever by a club Under 15, in second, and Alice Atkins was second in the B.  Adelaide Thatcher-Gray was runner up in the javelin while Ruby Mace took the B honours in a new PB, and she added another career best for second in the hurdles, with Elize Bonning second in the B. Poppy Ellis provided the only other track top three individual placing and she anchored the 4x300m relay squad to a new club record after good legs from Alice Brown, Robyn Moody & Ruby Mace.

Oliver Yexley made it three wins in three for the Under 13 Boys and he also won the shot.  Matthew Blacklock and Shan Hart both set new marks in the 1500m placing second and first, and both added third places in 200m and javelin respectively.  Jacob Blanc again scored well with second in the high jump (with Lewis Dixon third in the B) and third in the 100m & hurdles. His B string partners Jack Botha (100m) and Dominic Alexandru (hurdles) both scored full points and improved their best marks before Oliver, Jacob, Dominic and Jack were relay runners up.  

The Under 15 Boys also recorded strong field events results. Phil Okoh won the B hammer, was discus runner up and third in the B shot. Bradley James won the B discus and was third in the javelin, with Peter Brinton-Quinn’s PB taking the B honours, and he also improved his best for second in the vault, with Reece Debenham third in the B vault. John Ryan was second in the shot, as was Daragh Thomas in the B high jump. Edoardo Sonzogni led from start to finish for 800m B success while Kimathi Christie was second in the 300m, and improved his 800m & high jump bests in third.

National Champions Southampton look to have the Southern title sown up after wins in the first three fixtures with former champions Blackheath runners up. Havering are ahead of Bracknell for the vital third place, which may offer a qualifying route to the National Final, and this rests on the final match at Bromley on 15th July.

Link to club results

League Table (after 3 of 4)

Posn

Team Name

League

Match

1

Southampton AC

18

    1745.0

2

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

15

    1624.5

3

Havering AC

11

    1487.5

4

Bracknell AC

10

    1471.5

5

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC

5

    1271.5

6

City of Portsmouth AC

4

    1143.5