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

Tooting Bec Saturday 27th April 2019

Match Result

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Reading

565.0

2

Blackheath & Bromley Harriers

511.5

3

Tonbridge AC

491.0

4

Havering AC

442.0

5

Croydon Harriers

414.5

6

Herne Hill Harriers

396.0

Havering’s young athletes were a respectable fourth place in their first fixture of the season in the highest division of the National Youth Development League for Under 13s & Under 15s at a cold and breezy Tooting track on Saturday.

With several athletes resting ahead of Sundays mini marathon several athletes responded to the team managers' requests to fill vacancies and earned vital points for the cause, several of them making their debuts at this level. The top-class opposition meant that victories were hard to come by so it was those extra points that kept Havering ahead of promoted Croydon & hosts Herne Hill.

There powerful Under 15 Boys led the way with seven wins. The discus pairing of Oliver Yexley and Patrick McLean-Tattan won A&B competitions, as did Jonathan Taiwo and Charlie Black in the hammer. Yexley was third in the javelin and second in the 300m B, and Black won the 200m B race - Denzil Achi was third in both 200m & 300m A races and second in the high jump, with Shane Hart third in the B. Jacob Blanc won the hurdles and joined Patrick, Denzil and Reece Malcolm in the second placed sprint relay quartet before anchoring the 4 x 300m squad to victory after good legs from 800m runner up Matthew Blacklock, Charlie & Oliver.

Katie Ennis's B discus win was the only victory for the Under 15 Girls and she was also third in the B hammer too, as was her A discus partner Hannah Yexley. Olivia Boachie and Freya Higginbottom were both second in their 300m races and they were joined by high jumper Cynthia Asiegbu and 1500m athlete Maddie Barker in the second placed 4 x 300m squad. Rhys Cole was second in the B 100m and hurdlers Paige Robinson and Izzy O'Connor were both third, as was Olivia Sorrell in the B high jump.

The inexperienced Under 13 Boys squad battled well against strong opposition. Michael Tesi's 800m PB earned second in the 800m and another PB in the shot placed him second in the B string, as did Noah Harriott's high jump PB. A series of third places were earned by Daniel Lammas (800m A and long jump), Nathan Hart (1500m A), Robbie Brown (A javelin & B 1500m), Oscar Shearing (A hurdles & high jump) and Kaesi Okoro (B long jump).

The equally inexperienced Under 13 Girls team had to call on athletes in their first races in club colours and all picked up useful points. Zikora Ezeonwuka starred with a shot victory and Eliza Poulson was third in the hurdles, for the only top three finishes. Cassie Campbell was fourth in both sprints and Maisie Lee & Tilly Bunn were fourth in the shot and javelin B events. Rosie Warner showed promise on her 1200m debut, and Lois Gable covered gaps in three events and Lucy Lendon scored ion the B 800m, both on their club debuts. The line up was completed by Precious Fagbadegun (Sprints & relay) and Beth Jarret who came on from another commitment to make her club debut in the relay which typified the team spirit shown by those who made the trip.   

The club's fourth place finish was an encouraging result, given the absentees and with home advantage in round 2 on the 18th May the squad will hope to challenge the clubs ahead of them next time out. Reading got the better of defending champions Blackheath & Bromley with Tonbridge third.

 

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