Report from Emma Guilfoyle:
The second of the club’s Wessex League fixtures was full of personal bests for the youngest of the junior section. The boys kicked off with the vortex throw with a great start for Oliver Taylor with 21.25m, the girls started with the long jump with personal bests for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne. The 75m also had personal bests for both Oliver and Freddie Wilson with both also improving on their long jump by huge margins and Oliver also improving on his 600m. The girls team saw Anna Delavere and Sophie Livingstone competing for the first time in the league and personal bests in 2 events for Clementine Barry, 3 events for Thea Osbourne and all 4 events for Zoe Gray and Lola Thorne. Overall the U11s finished in 6th place.
In the main event the u17 girls kicked off with a win in the hurdles for both Bo Stewart and also Lily Gohara, who is returning from injury with Bo recording a grade 3 time. Josie Robertson had a win in the A string u13 1200m with a grade 4 time with second places for u13s Phoebe Ryder in the 800m and grade 3 time and also a second B string 1200m. In the u15 age group Abi Williams flew between the 100m and long jump events which ended up clashing due to the track running a few minutes late, however, it obviously helped as she recorded a personal best in both events! Sophie Cunningham also recorded a personal best in her A string 200m race. The U17 girls took the top spot in their age group with 9 wins, hurdles are as above but also Lily Gohara also took the win in her long jump, wins for the throwers with Charlotte Payne winning the A string throws in shot with a grade 1 throw in the discus. She was partnered up with Maddy Mitton to take the wins in the B string shot and discus and Abi Livingstone in the javelin who also recorded personal bests in all 3 of her events plus a win in the high jump. The girls also gained points by coming second in the javelin for Charlotte, 2nd places also for Lucy Loxton in both her 200m and long jump, Amber White 2B in the 300m and Bo in the 100m B string. The U17s also brought home valuable points in the relay bringing the baton back round to finish in 2nd place.
The boys team had some really close races and kicked off with Lawrence Baker winning the U15B 80m Hurdles by 0.1s with a Grade 4 time of 13.3s. He followed this with a win in the Long Jump with a Grade 3 jump, then second and Grade 4 in the 100m and Callum Potts won the 100m B race in 13.5s.
In the U15B 1500m, George Ferguson made 2nd place in 4m 51.9s, whilst Hugh Beattie won the B race. Hugh also earnt 2nd in a close High Jump competition. The U15B 4x100m relay team were narrowly beaten to 2nd place in 57.3s, whilst overall the U15 boys came 4th.
U13B Nathan Delavere achieved Grade 4 in the 200m in 28.6s, taking 2nd place. He followed this with an outstanding win in the 800m, over 8 seconds ahead and newcomer Wilf Waldon took the win in the U13B 200m B race in 29.5s, to help the U13 boys take 4th place overall.
For the U17B Rhys Ainsworth got 2nd in the 800m, whilst Reuben Langdon was 3rd in the Long Jump, but together they made 3rd place overall.
Overall the team finished in 4th place with 286 points behind Swindon with 349 points, New Forest Juniors with 470 and Salisbury at the top with 483 points.