I’m sorry the news about last weekend’s matches is so late, but the results have taken a lot of time to come through.
As expected the under 13 and under 15 athletes had a hard match at Dartford last Saturday (June 1st) in the second league meeting of the year. Half-term holidays seemed to affect us more than the other teams and most of the other clubs had many more athletes than we did – and once again they all seemed to be twice as big as our athletes. However this time we did have enough athletes to field a relay team in all 4 age-group categories.
Our best chance of first places would come in the very first track events – the sprint hurdles. And so it proved. Mia Russell got us under way with a win in the under 13 girls 70 metres hurdles which she won in a time of 13.8 seconds. This was followed by an exceptional run from Oli Stuart in the under 13 boys 75 metres hurdles which he won in 12.7 seconds – a new club record beating Ryan Spivey’s run in 2008 and which puts Oli number 6 in the country. And then Lois Drummie made it 3 out of 3 hurdles successes when she won the under 15 girls 75 metres hurdles in 12.1 seconds. Our only other first place came late in the day when Emmie van Lieshoult won the B string under 13 girls javelin with 9.70 metres – Hannah Sands was second in the A string with 13.27 metres.
Mia followed up her hurdles win with a second place in the long jump with a best effort of 3.75 metres. Matt Hennessy has been looking good in training with the discus and he confirmed this with a second place in the under 15 boys event with a new pb of 26.33 metres – he also came third in the hammer with 18.15 metres.
Other third places came from Lois Drummie (4.57 metres in the long jump), Emmie van Lieshoult (22.8 seconds in the under 13 girls 150 metres), Henry Aronson (5 minutes 30.7 seconds in the 1500 metres), Dylan Holland (17.0 seconds in his under 13 boys hurdles race), Oli Stuart (4.35 metres in the long jump) and Kiall Fellows (6.40 metres in the shot) while the boys under 15 4 x 100 metres relay team also came third.
At the end of the day it was first place for Lewes (who had also won the first match) with 550 points while Newham were second with 506 points. We finished 6th with 259 points with Medway behind us with 163 points. We have our next match on Saturday June 22nd when we travel to Erith, which is only 3 or 4 miles from the Dartford track.
On Sunday (June 2nd) our under 17 and under 20 athletes were part of the Team Sussex squad in their second league match of the season – the match taking place at Lewes. Abby Beswick took another bit off her own club record to win her 80 metres hurdles race in 12.2 seconds and Sarah Killick-Bird also succeeded in improving her own club record in the 1500 metres steeplechase with a time of 6 minutes 14.9 seconds. Ryan Spivey has been setting new personal bests all season and he again improved his best javelin throw, this time with 48.42 metres – let’s hope he can get to 50 metres in the next 2 or 3 weeks. Ryan also equalled his 110 metres hurdles pb with a time of 15.8 metres. Two pbs came from Nori Ishii with 11.33 metres in the triple jump after he had earlier run his 100 metres in 12.0 seconds.
Chloe Hollamby again looked in great form when she won the 300 metres and 200 metres and then made up a deficit of nearly 10 metres on the last leg of the 4 x 100 metres relay to snatch a win. And it was good to see Kieran Johnstone competing following his move from Crawley – though faced with a set of very fast athletes in his opening 100 metres race.
The combined Team Sussex squad again found themselves behind Crawley in the match – with 674 points against Crawley’s 687 points. The third match of the summer takes place on Sunday June 30th at the Sutton Valence School track in Kent (not far from Leeds Castle).