UK Youth Development League U13/U15 National Final
Last weekend saw a historic day for Rugby and Northampton Athletic Club as they became one of only two club teams in the UK to reach the Track and Field national finals in both Junior Age Groups. Both finals were held at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham with the younger Under 13 and Under 15 teams first up on the Saturday.
The young team, after winning the Midlands Premier League, put in a strong performance despite injuries to several key athletes to take a fantastic third place overall behind Enfield and Harringey and a strong Reading team.
U15s Boys: Athlete of the day must surely go to talented thrower Paddy Price who picked up gold in the U15B hammer with 45.28m, silvers in discus with 31.52m and shot with 12.11m. Lewis Ogden was 2nd in the A string Javelin throwing 39.70m. Matthew Tildsley won the B string hammer with 37.49m and was 3rd in the B string shot with 9.40m. Thomas Lea was 3rd in the B string Javelin with 26.13m. Also in the U15 boys medals also came for multi eventer Freddie Taylor with 12.2 in the 80m hurdles, Thomas Jasper in the 300m with 38.86 and Tom Cheyne in the Long Jump with 5.93m. Tom also added a bronze in the 200m in 23.28s. The U15 boys also took the club’s only relay medal of the day. Ewan Roberts, Aidan Wardle, Thomas Jasper and Tom Cheyne combined to run a club record of 2:43.27 to take third in the 4x300m.
U13 Boys: In the U13 boys, the distance runners took a clean sweep in both the A and B string races in the 800m and 1500m. Joe Musgrove and Rhys James both smashed their personal bests to win their 800m races running 2:22.39 and 2:23.51 respectively. Later in the afternoon Adam Searle undoubtedly produced the track performance of the day in the 1500m to win by over five seconds and set a new league record of 4:38.56. Matthew Rushton took the B string race in 4:54.89. William Ballinger took gold in the A string Javelin with 30.68m while Ben Gidley won the B string with 28.84m. Sam Tutt won the Shot Putt with 8.75m. Sam also won the 75m hurdles A string in 12.86. There was also gold in the A string long jump courtesy of Matthew Broome who leapt out to 4.66m.
U15 Girls: Another league record came in the U15 girls’ age group. Eleanor Broome jumped a huge 5.50m to win the Long Jump by almost half a metre. Eleanor also took silver in the A string 100m in 13.03s. In the B string Dahlia Folwell ran 13.35 to take silver. In the 1500m, Lily Carmichael produced a quick finish and sprinted past her rivals to win the A race in 4:51.25s. Emer Winstch took third in the B string with 5:15.91. The U15 girl’s continued the club’s dominance in the throws. Evie Harris-Jenkins threw a huge 31.77m to comfortably win the A string Javelin. Kiona McLennon won the A Shot with 10.30m whilst Brittany Wood took silver in the B String with 8.10m.
U13 Girls: The closest race of the day came in the U13 girls’ 75m A race with 0.09 seconds between 1st and 6th! Katie Print produced the best finish to win in 10.17s. The only other sprint medal in the age group came from Laurone Ager in the 150m B string who ran 20.92 to take silver. There were medals in the 800m for Poppy Carmichael who ran 2:31.09 to finish 2nd in the A string and Abigail Pearce who ran 2:38.84 to finish 3rd in the B race.
In the 1200m Amy walker finished 3rd in the A race with 3:59.00 and Olivia White ran 4:11.35 to take 2nd in the B race. Rhania Akii-Bua ran an impressive 11.91 in the 70m hurdles for 3rd in the A race and Katie cox threw 15.64m for third in the B string Javelin. The relay quartet of Elizabeth Truslove, Laurone Ager, Anousha Saheli and Katie Print combined well to run an excellent time of 54.57 in the 4x100m and narrowly missed out on a medal by 0.05 seconds!
The team managers were extremely proud of all the athletes. Their commitment effort and team spirit has been outstanding all season and they have been a pleasure to manage.
Overall points and positions:
1 Enfield & Haringey AC 600.5
2 Reading AC 591
3 Rugby & Northampton AC 549.5
4 Sale Harriers(Manchester) 539
5 Edinburgh AC 534
6 Swansea Harriers 499
7 Liverpool Harriers & AC 423
8 City of Lisburn AC 341