National Youth Development League, Southern Premier Division, Crawley 26 May 2019

Match Result (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

Points

1

Blackheath & Bromley

791.0

2

Shaftesbury Barnet

750.0

3

Windsor Slough & Eton

649.0

4

Crawley AC

530.0

5

Havering AC

521.5

6

Reading AC

425.5

 

The YDL Under 17s and Under 20s gave a much better showing in their second fixture at Crawley on Sunday but had to settle for fifth place after being edged out of fourth by the hosts.

Poppy Ellis and Alice Brown starred for the Under 17 Women.  Poppy smashed her 300m best for victory, and bagged a National Standard to guarantee n English Schools' selection and returned to improve her 200m best to make it a win double, while Alice improved her discus best for victory in another English Schools' National standard before easing to 800m success. Adelaide Thatcher-Gray was javelin runner up as was second claim members Josephine Larkins in the hammer and Yasmin Uwakwe in the 80m hurdles, and Yasmin added B 200m victory in the U20 competition. Jessie Collier was second in the B discus and third in the B javelin, Sydney Foley's 3000m PB earned her third in the A,and more B third places were added by Shalom Gbadebo in the 100m, Mali Grant in the 300m, Jessica James in the 1500m and Alice Atkins on her 300m hurdles debut.

For the Under 17 Men Sam Sanusi and Toby Bishop took full points with wins in A & B sprint hurdles and Bishop almost added a win in the 400m hurdles, but was passed on the run in after clattering the last hurdle and still improved his best, and the talented all-rounder was third in the high jump. Kimathi Christie won the B triple jump, as CJ Nze was third in the A in a new career best, as Christie was second in the B high jump. Peter Brinton-Quinn was second in both the javelin & the vault, with Reece Debenham's vault PB placing second. Elijah Payne was second in the B shot & discus, as Ejiro Akpotor was third in both A string events, as was James With in the B hammer. On the track more third places went to Alex Ford in the 'chase (PB) and Michael Okoro (B 100m) & Timi McDaniel (800m B). Kimathi and Toby combined with Daragh Thomas and Somto Okpalauko for third place in the 4x400m relay.

The javelin pairing of Oliver Woods and Charlie Savill provided the only victories for the Under 20 Men . Reece Harriott was close to his best in placing second in the 400m and improved his previous mark for third in the 800m, before a storming relay anchor brought the 4x400m quartet home in second, after legs from Richard Akinyebo, Ben Olusesan and Aaron Freshwater. Richard was third in the 100m, as was Ben in the long jump and triple jump, B long jumper Tobi Idowu and Sam Atkins in the 400m B race.

Chimdi Okpalauko and Elysha Thatcher-Gray won A & B  shot competitions for the Under 20 Women and both added good points in the other throws. Jade Kavanagh score well on the track with second in the 200m and third in the 400, while Kate O'Neill was third in the 800m,  with Katie Rafferty second in the B, and Sophie Rand third in the 1500m.

Although the Havering squad face a tough battle to retain their Premier Division place. their result at Crawley offers hope that two strong results in the final two fixtures might yet give them another year in the top flight.

Club results

League after 2 of 4 (provisional)

Posn

Team Name

League

Points

1

Shaftesbury Barnet

11

1554.0

2

Blackheath & Bromley

11

1532.0

3

Windsor Slough & Eton

8

1313.5

4

Crawley AC

5

995.5

5

Reading AC

4

955.5

6

Havering AC

3

939.5

Pic: Susan Wright