National Youth Development League, Division Premier 1, Round 4

Bromley, Saturday 15th July 2017

REVISED Match Result

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

572.5

2

Southampton AC

552

3

Havering AC

466.5

4

Bracknell AC

454

5

City of Portsmouth AC

400

6

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC

352

Havering’s brilliant Under 13 and Under 15  athletes confirmed their place in the top flight National Youth Development League as two superb club records headlined some fine results at Bromley on Sunday.

Stephanie Okoro may only be 11 years old but she erased an impressive club record that had withstood previous assaults since 1976 when she bettered Carolyn Wells’  Under 13 Girls 800m record. Six days after being part of the club quartet who smashed the club relay record in the Olympic Stadium, Stephanie’s 800m clocking of 2m 21.30 seconds clipped a second off the old mark and was the fourth fastest in the UK this year and the fastest by a first year Under 13 – with another year in the age group we can expect the record books to be further rewritten.  Matthew Blacklock was also in superb form as he came home in 4m 32.11 secs to beat the Under 15 Boys’ 1500m club record dating from 1981 by a massive five second margin, with the fastest time in the UK this summer by an Under 13 boy, taking over 18 seconds off his previous best in the process.

Paige Robinson also starred for the Under 13 Girls winning the hurdles and improving her bests in finishing second in both sprints. Uche Okpalauko’s new 75m best won the B race and she also won the won the B high jump, as Freya Higginbottom won the A. Stephanie Okoro also won the B 150m and was third in the B long jump, and Paris King won the B hurdles. In-form Natalie Sewell’s PB won her a hard 1200m battle in the third fastest ever time by a club Under 13 girl, as Tilly Canty improved her best for third in the B and another third place went to Claudia Attewell (B shot).  The record-breaking 4 x 100m squad from the previous week placed second to the speedy Blackheath quartet who had won the Olympic Stadium race.

Record-breaker Matthew Blacklock also added 200m second place for the Under 13 Boys as Jacob Blanc won the B, and was third in the hurdles in a new PB. Win doubles went to Oliver Yexley in the Javelin and Shot and Dominic Alexandru in the B high jump and hurdles.  Matthew joined Jacob, Dominic and Jack Botha who set a season’s best in placing second in the relay. 

The usually powerful Under 15 Girls squad were badly affected by missing key athletes who were away on a school overseas trip. Adelaide Thatcher-Gray, runner up in the javelin, and Nike Esho’s third place high jump finish were the only top three placings.

Peter Brinton-Quinn was the Under 15 Boy to taste victory with a B javelin win and he was also second in a new career best in the vault and stepped in to cover a gap in the 1500m, sportingly helping up an opponent who took a tumble before going on to set a new PB. More good results came from Ejiro Akpotor was second in the discus and third in the shot and hammer, and Phil Okoh second in the B hammer, while Bradley James was third in the javelin. Edoardo Sonzogni again improved his 800m PB in placing second and Kester Tomy was third in the B 300m, and long jump.

Bracknell edged Havering out of third place on the day and took third in the table by just three points, out of almost two thousand points scored by both outfits over the four fixtures, as Southampton won the Southern title.

 

Link to club results

League Table (after 4 of 4)

Posn

Team Name

League

Match

1

Southampton AC

23

2321.5

2

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

21

2200

3

Havering AC

15

1948.5

4

Bracknell AC

13

1926.5

5

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC

6

1624.5

6

City of Portsmouth AC

6

1530

Photos (Charlie Yexley)