ATHLETICS: Young Athletes’ League

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011
Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

Record Score for Rugby & Northampton’s Young Athletes

National Young Athletes League – Round 3

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

Bristol - Sunday 5th June 2011

Rugby & Northampton took a strong team to Bristol on Sunday for the 3rd round of the National Young Athletes League. With wins in the first 2 rounds, expectations were high for the 240 mile round trip, despite heavy rain being forecast.

The day proved a huge success with the team amassing a record total of 740 points to see off opponents Carmarthen and Bromsgrove & Redditch, who scored 451 and 304 points respectively. In total there were 72 individual events, with 50 of these won by Rugby & Northampton athletes and 9 relays of which 7 were won by the team.

The under 17 women were particularly successful, taking 14 of their 15 individual events and both the 4x100 and 4x300 relays. Kerry Murch again won all 3 of her events, taking the 80m Hurdles, Discus and Javelin and this achievement was matched by Hannah Scales, who won the 300m Hurdles, Long Jump and High Jump. Grace Adeyinka was also outstanding, winning the Hammer throw and 100m, before being narrowly beaten into 2nd place in the200m, despite recording an excellent time of 27.0s. Together with Alexa Shaw, these 3 athletes took a comfortable victory in the 4x100m.

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

In the Middle Distance events there were wins for Click Blake, taking the 3000m in a personal best time of 10m 24.7s and Bethan Goddard, who took the 1500m in an excellent 5m 08.3s. Mary Hughes, impressed greatly with a front running victory in the 800m, recording a personal best of 2m 27.2s, took a comfortable win in the 300m and a spirited 4th place in the Javelin.

Special mention should go to Genevieve Roberts, who doubled up in the 3000m and 1500m to score valuable points, with solid 2nd and 3rd places respectively and Yasmin Webb who was 2nd in both Hurdles races, with a personal best of 49.0s in the longer event. In the field there was another consistent performance from Sophie Hazlewood, who won the Shot Put, finished 2nd in the Hammer Throw and 3rd in the Discus. There was also Triple Jump success for Asia Ercan, who leapt to a personal best of 9m 29cm after being narrowly beaten in the High Jump.

It was the usual eventful day for the under 17 men, who won 10 of their 17 individual events, plus the 4x400m relay and were only narrowly beaten in the 4x100 relay. The team spirit within the group was excellent, exemplified by Nick Scales who took on the unloved Pole Vault and 1,500m steeplechase, gaining 2 solo victories. He also threw 29m 43cm to finish 2nd in the Hammer Throw behind team mate Oliver Dancer who recorded an excellent 37m 73cm, despite damp conditions which made the throwing circle particularly slippery.

There was another outstanding display from Harry Ronchetti who set a new club record of 38m 90cm in the Discus, won the Javelin and took a close 2nd in the Shot Put, won by team mate Macaulay Burke with a new personal best of 12m 28cm. Top sprinter Ciaran Wardle, narrowly missed a double in the 100 and 200m after being beaten narrowly in the 100, despite clocking a competitive 11.2s. However, he responded in style by setting a new personal best and club record in the 200m with a superb run of 22.3s.

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

Athletics 'Young Athletes League'June 9 2011

There was more success for Tom Charteress, who knocked over 4 seconds off his previous best in winning the 800m, with a run of 2m 02.7s and also set a new personal best in the 400m, where he finished 3rd in a solid 54.2s. Tom Mills claimed 2nd place in the 400m and was also 3rd in the 400m Hurdles in 53.4 and 59.3s respectively. The 400m Hurdles was a particularly exciting race with the front 3 covered by 0.1s, the win going to Brett Mason in an outstanding 59.2s, following on from a respectable 3rd place finish in the sprint hurdles. It was also a good day for Luke Townshend, who won the Triple Jump, was 2nd in the 100m Hurdles and 3rd in the Long Jump.

The under 15 Girls achieved 6 victories from 10 events and were also a close 2nd in the 4x100m relay.

There was another sprint double for Simone Ager who took the 100m in 12.7s and the 200m in 26.1s. In the 75m Hurdles, Regan Traynor set a new personal best time of 12.5s to take the win and was only beaten on count back in the High Jump, where she cleared a personal best height of 1m 50cm. Elsewhere in the jumping events there was a solid performance from Tia Clues, who leapt 4m 36cm to finish 2nd in the Long Jump.

The middle distance races saw two commanding victories, with Alison Inwood continuing her excellent recent form to win the 1500m in a well judged, 5m 15.9s; with younger team mate Charlotte Murphy a close 2nd in 5m 17.1s. Nathalie Goddard showed improved form in the 800m, which she took in 2m 31.1s, with Katie Clubb, a fast finishing 3rd in 2m 34.4s. The throwing events also provided some highlights, with Gemma Scales further improving her personal best in the Shot, with an excellent put of 8m 38cm. There was a promising debut from Evie Drew, who was 2nd in the discus with a personal best of 17m 95cm and repeated the feat in the Shot Put, taking 4th place with an effort of 7m 61cm. In the Javelin, Megan Exley took a comfortable win with a throw of 29m 16cm to remain unbeaten for the season.

With 9 wins from 12 individual events and both relays won comfortably, the under 15 boys also made a significant contribution to the match win. Rotima Segun is quickly making a name for himself in the sprint events and took both the 100m, in 11.6s and the 200m in an equally stunning 23.8s. In the longer event Timothy Kerr-Chinn also ran an excellent race to finish 2nd in 24.5s with Zachary Stapleton claiming 3rd place in the 100m in a very creditable 12.6s.

The sprint hurdles was won by Lukas Lakin, who recorded a quick time of 12.0s, edging out team mate Luke Bromley who was 2nd in 12.3s. There was more drama in the Pole Vault where Lukas Lakin equaled the club record with a promising clearance at 2m 40cm. Elsewhere in the field events there were wins for Ryan Williams in the Hammer and Luke Bromley who took the Shot with a Put of 10m 72cm. It was a very good day for Adam Wright who equaled the club record with a run of 2m 06.7s to win the 800m and also took the 400m in an excellent 57.3s. The other winner was Jack Murphy who ran a perfect tactical race to take the 1500m in 4m 40.1s, with team mate Harry Hughes claiming 2nd place in 4m 46.4s.

The Under 13 girl’s team also had a stella match, winning 7 of their 9 individual events and claiming victory in the 4x100m relay. Constantia Liburd continued her outstanding recent form by winning both the 75m, in 10.7s and the 150m, in 21.3s. She also anchored the sprint relay team to victory and shared 1st place in the High Jump with team mate Milan Clues, both clearing a height of 1m 20cm. A typical front running display from Lillie Carmichael gave her a clear victory in the 1200m, with a time of 4m 13.1 and Georgia Willix continued her steady progress, taking 2nd place in 4m 22.4s.

The 800m also saw a 1, 2 finish with Ellie Bromley crossing the line ahead of Abbi Carter. There was further improvement from Brittany Wood, who set a personal best of 12.0s in winning the 70m Hurdles and went on to take 2nd place in the Shot, with a solid Put of 7m 42cm. The other event win came from Charlotte Vessey, who took the Long Jump with an outstanding personal best effort of 4m 32cm, edging out Milan Clues who also achieved a personal best to finish just 2cm behind in 2nd place.

The under 13 boys won 4 of their 8 individual events and claimed a comfortable win in the 4x100m relay. Toisin Segun, stormed to victory in both sprint events with 2 personal best performances, recording outstanding times of 12.8s in the 100m and 26.6s in the 200m. He also won a difficult Shot Put competition, despite having to fit in his efforts around the sprint events and anchored the Relay team to victory.

There was also a good effort in the Shot from Matthew Tildesley, 2nd with a Put of 8m 54cm. The other individual winner was Haydn Arnall, who ran a relaxed 1500m in a comfortable looking 4m 54.3s, with younger team mate Joshua Lay, continuing his promising season with 2nd place in a personal best time of 4m 59.9s.

It was another good day for Tom Cheyne, who ran very well to take 2nd place in both the 75m Hurdles, 13.4s and the 200m, 27.8s. There were other good performances from Aidan Wardle, 2nd in the 100m, 3rd in the High Jump, with a personal best of 1m 20cm, despite the fact that he was only told he would be in these events when he arrived at the venue.

The final round of the group stage takes place in 2 weeks time at Radley in Oxfordshire where the opponents will be Cheltenham and Marshall Milton Keynes.