National Youth Development League, Premier 2E, Round 1, Luton 30 April 2017

Match Result (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Team Bedfordshire

     569

2

Havering AC

     552

3

Enfield & Haringey AC

     459

4

Tonbridge AC

     420

5

Stevenage & North Herts AC

     414

6

Chelmsford AC

     259

The Youth Development League Under 17 & Under 20 squad got their season off to a flying start, finishing close runners up to hosts Team Bedfordshire at Luton on Sunday.

Both Under 17 squads scored well.  The women's team notched up seven wins led by Jess Mitchell's front running 3000m victory in an English Schools' National qualifier, and third fastest ever by a club Under 17, despite the blustery conditions. Molly Sweetman was also impressive in winning the 800m from the front, with Charlotte Wright B string runner up. Kate O'Neill's finish came close to 1500m victory and Sophie Rand's PB took the B string honours.  Alex Adeniji won the shot & B discus on her debut and Mayi Hughes' winning javelin throw was the best ever by a club Under 17 with the new specification spear. Mayi was also second in the 300m hurdles and brought home the victorious 4x300m relay squad of Molly, Rosie Brown and Charlotte Wright. Jade Kavanagh had a hat-trick of runners up spots in the 100m, 200m & U20 long jump and more second place points were won by sprint hurdlers Grace Newson & MiIllie Hodges, Charlotte Fransham, long jump and Caitlin Saggers (100m B).

There were also seven wins for the Under 17 Men's team as Jack Rice gave a dominant 1500m display for victory, with Sam Atkins second in the B. There were good points in the jump as Ben Olusesan, triple jump, and Nathanael Adeniran, both score full points as did JJ Morris in the B long jump as PBs from Tobi Idowu (Long jump A) and Aaron Freshwater (high jump B & 400m) both placed them second.  JJ was also second in the 200m, with Tayo Harry winning the B, and the 800m pairing of debutant Reece Harriott & Alex Friend were second and first respectively, both setting new PBs Reece, JJ, Alex & Jack were second in the 4x400m race. On the field Robert Moore and Joe Hogan-O'Neill were second A & fist B in the hammer and the duo added shot & discus points.  Louis Berrett completed the squad with points in the 300m & javelin.

The small Under 20 men's team scored highly thanks to an all-round strong display. Shandell Taylor won the long jump and was second in the 200m & triple jump B. Michael Duncan won the discus and added second & third place points in hammer, javelin, shot & 100m, and Kieran Riddell earned a trio of runners up spots in both hurdles and javelin while late stand-in Matthew Agnimel won the B 400m and added points in the 100m & triple jump. Finn Hutton & Ben Davis placed second and third overall in the combined 800m race, with Finn runner up in the A and Ben's PB winning the B. More important points came from middle distance runners Kieran O'Hara, who won the 1500m B, and Luke Soulsby (1500m) and 300m pair James Stewart & Aidan Elmore. The relays added icing to the cake as Finn, Shandell, Matthew & Matt combined to win the sprint relay and Kieran replaced Shandell joining the other three in the second placed 4x400m quartet.

The small Under 20 women's team added important points for the cause. Josie Waddams was the only winner taking maximum triple jump points and Elysha Thatcher-Gray's shot PB placed second. Under 17s Mayi & Jade joined Josie & Holly Nash in the second placed sprint relay foursome and the 4x400m quartet of Jess Mitchell, Emily James, Georgia Phillips and Katie Dawson were third

The team will hope to challenge match winners Team Bedfordshire at Stevenage in the second round fixture at the end of May.

Club results

Photos (Tony Benton) - few only - officiating