National Youth Development League, Division 1B, Ashford 29 July 2018
The wet & windy conditions that marked the end of the summer heat wave failed to dampen the spirits of Youth Development League Under 17s and Under 20s who won their third successive fixture by a large margin at Ashford on Sunday to seal promotion to the Southern Premier position.
The Under 17 Men led the way with ten victories, six of them in the middle distance events. Harry Jones shrugged off the windy conditions to improve his best for 300m victory and added full points in the steeplechase, as Oliver Woods won the B string, after narrowly placing second in the javelin. Alex Friend won both the 800m &1500m A strings, as Reece Harriott won the 800m B and Luke Chester was third in the B 1500m. Jamal Thomas won the high jump and was second in the hammer, as Kimathi Christie took full points in the high jump B string, also adding third places in the 400m & triple jump. Charlie Savill won both shot & javelin B events and was second in the discus, and Peter Brinton-Quinn was pole vault runner up. Richard Akinyebo was second in the 200m and third in the 100m and more third places went to Tobi Idowu (100m & long jump), Somto Okpalauko (200m B) and the sprint relay team of Tayo Harry, Tobi, Jamal & Richard. The 4x400m relay squad signed off their league season with a victory, thanks to Kimathi, Somto, Alex & Reece.
The Under 20 Men also scored well on the track. Elliot Cordery won the 3000m and returned to win the 'chase, as Tom Keevil won the chase B after winning the 800m. Ben Davis won the 1500m and James Stewart took full points in the 3000m B, and was third in the B 800m. Shandell Taylor won the 200m & B triple ump and was third in the high jump, and Matthew Agnimel won the A triple jump and was third in long jump, and Elliott Addison was B 200m runner up and joined Shandell, U17 Reece Harriott and Matthew for third in the sprint relay. Tom, U17 Oliver Ray, Elliot Cordery and Ben added a tenth win in the 4x400m relay
English Schools' medallist Mayi Hughes contributed four of the nine wins for the Under 20 Women with victories in the high jump, long jump, javelin and B shot. Chimdi Okpalauko won the discus and was shot runner up and Keturah /Christie won the high jump B. Kate O'Neill & Sophie Rand scored full points in the 800m and Jess Mitchell won the 1500m. Izzy Purdie was second in the B long triple jumps, and Josie Waddams was B javelin runner up and third in the B 100m. Katie Dawson joined Kate, Sophie and Jess for third in the 4x400m relay. Holly Nash (100m, 200m & sprint relay) completed the small squad.
The Under 17 Women were once again lacking in numbers but contributed good points to the cause. Alex Adeniji's won the A shot and was second in the discus and third in the hammer, as Robyn Moody won the B discus and was third in the B 200m. Jade Kavanagh won the 200m and B 300m, as Poppy Ellis was second in the A 300m. Grace Newson (hurdles) and Charlie Wright (800m) added second places and Esther Agnimel was third in the 100m. Esther, Charlie, Poppy & Jade were sprint relay runners up and Robyn replaced Esther in the 4x300m quartet who finished third
The squad's huge victory by almost a hundred points ensured that they will compete as one of the top six clubs in the South in the yDL Premier Division next summer - the first time that both club YDL squads (U13/U15 and U17/U20) have both competed in the top flight.
League Table - after 4 of 4
|Posn||Team Name||Total M||Total L|
|6||Stevenage & North Herts AC||1407.2||7.0|
Pics - Tony Benton (plus others Tracy O'Neill, Martin Chester, Louise Nash)