National Youth Development League, Division Premier 1, Round 2,

Hornchurch Saturday 18th May 2019

Match Result

Posn Team Name Points
1 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 555.0
2 Reading AC 548.5
3 Havering AC 512.0
4 Tonbridge AC 503.5
5 Croydon Harriers 363.5
6 Herne Hill Harriers 347.5

Havering's young athletes broke two club records and set numerous career best as they placed third in a high quality fixture in the YDL Southern Premier match hosted at Hornchurch on Saturday.

Jacob Blanc was again in good form for the Under 15 boys, comfortably winning the hurdles, as Oliver Yexley added B hurdles victory to discus B win & javelin second. Jacob returned to place second in the 300m with the third fastest ever by a club Under 15, as Patrick McLean-Tattan won the 300m B in the fourth fastest ever time, and improved his discus best for second. Jacob and Patrick were joined in the 4x300m squad by two other athletes who had shown top form: Charlie Howell, who had earlier sliced an impressive 15 seconds off his 800m best for second place, and Charlie Black, winner of the 200m B event and Hammer B in new PBs. The quartet combined to carve five seconds off the club record to end the meeting in winning style with the fastest time in Britain this year. Matthew Blacklock improved his week old best for1500m victory as Owen Fisher was runner up in the B. More top three finishes came from Jack Botha (200m A), Dominic Alexandru (long jump B) and Jonathan Taiwo (B shot).

Another club record fell in the Under 15 girls competition as county champion Olivia Boachie took half a second off her previous 300m best to dip under the mark set back in 2015 and Freya Higginbottom improved her best to win the B string. Freya also improved her long jump best with the fourth longest ever leap by a club Under 15, as Stephanie Okoro improved her best in winning the B and also came up trumps with a PB in winning the 800m, as Tilly Canty trimmed her best for third in the 800m B. Katie Ennis won the B discus, as Hannah Yexley was A discus runner up. Katie improved her pole vault best for third and Hannah bettered her hammer mark, also in third.  Paris King was second in both the B hurdles and100m, and Paige Robinson was third in the hurdles A.  Chloe Rand was second in the B 1500m, Freya Long second in the B vault and third places were earned by shot putters Isabella Uzal and Isabelle Bradley. Rhys Cole joined Paris, Paige and Stephanie in the second placed sprint relay team and Lucy Nattrass and Maddy Barker combined with Freya Higginbottom and Olivia Boachie in the third placed 4x300m squad

The Under 13 girls had two wins, both in the field as Zikora Ezeonwuka won the shot and Lucia Ward the javelin on her league debut, as their B string partners Brianna Ofori (B shot) and Charlotte Evans (B javelin) were second and third. Ruby Tillson's 800m PB placed her second, as was Beth Jarrett in the B hurdles, while Hannah Evans was third in the1200m and Cassie Campbell found the forth fastest ever 150m time by a club U13 placed her third.

The Under 13 boys were missing several key athletes on school fixtures and other commitments, Oliver Taylor-Bush and Ryan Carroll set new PBs in placing second in the A & B 1500m, and Noah Harriott was second in the B high jumps and third in the shot, while Robbie Brown's javelin PB  placed third.

Third place on the day leaves Havering battling for third with Tonbridge, as both look to have secured their top flight spots, and promoted teams Herne Hill and Croydon look set for the drop at the half way stage of the four match season. Reading and Blackheath contest the Southern title, which could go to the wire as Reading have home advantage on 23rd June and Blackheath end the season at home in July..


League after 2 of 4

Posn Team Name Total Pts Total L
1 Reading AC 1113.5 11.0
2 Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC 1066.5 11.0
3 Tonbridge AC 996.0 7.0
4 Havering AC 954.0 7.0
5 Croydon Harriers 777.5 4.0
6 Herne Hill Harriers 735.5 2.0



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