Report from E-J Bailey
On a lovely sunny day we kicked off the Wessex league in Winchester with Polly Cranfield equalling her PB from last year 1.25 coming fourth in the high jump.
Lucy Loxton, Bo Stewart, Abi Livingstone and Trinity O’connor all competed as U20 non-scoring in this meet the most we have ever had in this age category and this shows the dedication of this age group to want to push themselves this season already.
The U13 girls long jump so newcomer Posy Cranfield achieving 3.17. Thea Osborne was fourth in the A string with 3.25 and Clementine Barry fifth with 3.49. On the track Rosie Stockwell made her debut performance for the U13 girls hurdles in 15.7
Sophie Livingstone started her season with a PB in to discuss coming second in the B string with 12.49 And Anna Delavere was 3rd in the B string with 13.16 and Posy Cranfield making her debut with 12.8. Her sister Polly Cranfield U15 was fifth in the A string javelin with 10.97 and Lucy Robertson represented the U17 girls with 26.20. She then went on to come 5th in the 1500m with 5.13
Staying on the track with the 200m Thea Osborne was third for the U13 girls with 30.6 and Rosie Stockwell making her track debut with 32.1. Another debut by Zoe Ragousis with 33.9
For the U15 girls Kitty Mainwaring was 5th in 29.4and Francesca Bailey fifth with 31.6. The U17 girls were represented by Maisie Jeger and she was second in 27.7 and Luci Robertson fourth in B string 30.1
In the U15 girls shot Francesca Bailey and Ruby-Mae Studart were both fifth in the A and B string with 5.58 (a PB for Francesca) and 4.53 respectively. Maisie Jeager represented the U17 girls with 9.96.
U13 800m saw Clementine Barry 2.56 and Anna Delavere 3.03 scoring with newcomers Rosie and Libby Stockwell 3.11 and 3.03 respectively
Sophie Livingstone was 4th in the shot for the U13 girls with 5.41 and Francesca Bailey 5th with 16.11 in the U15 discuss.
A couple of events left after a long day the U17 girls long jump saw Abi Williams jump 4.15 for fifth place and the under 15 girls had Phoebe Ryder come third 4.28 and Kitty Mainwaring second with 3.95.
The 100m saw good performances. U13 girls Clementine Barry and Thea Osborne both clocking 14.3 and U15 Phoebe Ryder 2nd with 13.60. Kitty Mainwaring 14.6 and non score red Rosie Stockwell 15.1 Libby Stockwell 15.4 Zoe Ragousis 16.8 and Anna Delavere 15.3.
The day was rounded off with the relays with both the U13 and U15 girls coming fourth in very exciting races.
The Quad kids competed well all day. We had four girls (Hattie Sampson, Mariella Frood, Lily-Mae Gerrard and Bo Deas) and six boys (Max Carpenter, Elliot Brocklesbury, Rory Price, Josh Norton, Jamie Fry and George Studart) out of possible ten in each age group, so lots of points to try and make up. Everyone battled hard. Bo Deas finished eighth overall in the girls competition and Rory Price finished eleventh overall in the boys.
We had a good mix of experienced athletes and several first timers, which was great to see. Lots of you had a go at some unfamiliar events, which is hard this early in the season with little outdoor practise, but you actually did very well.
First timers included, U13: William Hennah bravely tackling the shot 200m and 800m. James Humphreys in Long Jump and High Jump with an excellent 1.2m followed by best Javelin of 16.6m. Lincoln Williams excelled with two Grade 3 performances of 100m in 13.5s and 200m in 28.0s then the relay described below.
Experienced Archie Matthews had a great day with PBs in all 4 events including, 75mH in 15.4s, 200m in 30.7s and a Long Jump of 4.13m. Cody Long and Aston Howse continued their friendly rivalry in both Javelin and 800m setting 4 PBs. Cody getting the edge with 13.22m and 2:50.4. Aston with 13.04m and 2:52.2.
For U15s, new athlete Ed Langdon made his mark achieving 2nd in the Discus with 18.89m, 200m in 27.9s and a Long Jump of 3.83m. Ollie Lloyd-Hole also long jumped 3.81m. Robert Richardson threw an excellent 22.5m Javelin, followed by Andrew Point with 16.35m to earn 2ndplace in the B string. Thomas Frood set new PBs in Long Jump and 200m, and Marcus Bu-Rashid ran a blistering 12.8s 100m PB in a very close race.
U17 regular middle distance runners Hugh Beattie and George Ferguson took 3rd A and 2nd B string position in the 1500m, followed by Callum Potts and Oliver Brashaw taking 3rd A and 1st B in the 800m. Ellis Russell started the season really well, running a PB of 25.7s for 200m.
Lots of new PBs to work on over the season.
Reuben Langdon has made a big contribution to the team in recent years but is now U20M. However he still competed for some early season practise and set a Discus PB of 29.46m along with a superb Javelin and Long Jump. It’s nice for the younger ones to get a bit of inspiration from the older athletes too.
An extra special congratulations to those staying very late for the relays.
Last year the U13Boys set a new record 4x100m for the 5 years I’d been manager, breaking 1 minute with 59.3s. Yesterday (Archie, Cody, Aston and Lincoln) ran 58.6s and took first place is a tremendously exciting race, with Lincoln pulling back a couple of places down the home straight. Well done!
Despite a hiccup in the U15Boys (Ollie, Andrew, Thomas and Marcus), the running and baton changes were actually really good, Marcus motored down the last leg and they earned the team another 2 points. You can be optimistic of building on this over the season.
The team was 6th overall but this was a really good start to the season with a young team. We are working hard to develop experience and depth in the squad and we hope to see as many athletes competing at the next meet in June.