So what happened last Friday evening at the Under 15 league match at Horsham ? With the school holidays taking its toll all the teams had athletes missing and we had just 6 girls and 4 boys competing. (But surely there were some athletes who weren’t away ????)
We’ll start with the boys and, in particular, Owen Lawrence. He did his usual 800 metres but then took on the hurdles and the javelin, events he’d never done before. So well done to him – and a reminder to other athletes that it helps the team if you sometimes do events that you don’t normally do. In the high jump we had Dan Elliott clearing 1.35 metres and Thomas Dean’s 1.30 metres clearance gave him a shared first place in the B string. Dan also ran a quick-looking 100 metres in 12.9 seconds with Jamie Osborne running 13.0 seconds. Jamie also did a pb in the 300 metres in 41.9 seconds, but both he and Thomas Dean will be a little disappointed with their long jumping. Having both jumped 4.90 metres in the previous match this time it was 4.63 metres to Jamie and 4.59 to Thomas.
Among the girls it was great to see Lois Drummie back competing after her arm fracture and she got 2 first places – winning the 75 metres hurdles in 12.2 seconds and the high jump with a clearance of 1.50 metres. She also threw the discus over 19 metres. Under 13 Mia Russell provided good support to Lois by winning the B string hurdles race in 14.5 seconds and sharing first place in the B string high jump with 1.15 metres. She also came second in the long jump with 4.06 metres.
Roisin Bell and Emmie van Lieshout did well in the sprints. Roisin looked better in her races this week and was third in both A string races with 14.0 seconds in the 100 metres and 29.4 in the 200 while Emmie (under 13) won the B string 100 metres in 14.5 seconds and was second in the 200 metres in 31.5.
Vicki Pellet, not quite 100% fit with an injured ankle, won the shot putt with a good 8.56 metres and was second in both the A string discus (19.85 metres) and hammer (21.48 metres). Tara Deeley completed the girls squad with a second place in the B string long jump and third in the 1500 metres.
In the relays both teams finished third and this was where we finished in the match. Behind Crawley and Horsham but well clear of Chichester and Haywards Heath. On the evening of Friday September 6th the team will have their last match of the season at Crawley’s K2.
A couple of days later Lois and Emmie were back in action at Horsham in the Horsham Open Meeting. Emmie ran very strongly in her 2 sprint races and was rewarded with 2 pbs – 14.1 seconds and 30.1 seconds. Let’s hope she can get under 14 and 30 seconds before the end of the summer.
Also looking good in the sprints was Nori Ishii in the under 17 races. His first race over 200 metres saw him win in 24.3 seconds and in the 100 metres he set a new pb with 11.5 seconds. The 200 metres also saw a good win for Chloe Hollamby in a time of 26.2 seconds – there’s still time for her to run under 26 seconds before the end of the season. In preparation for the multi events next month Chloe also did the long jump – her sixth and last jump being the best with 4.38 metres.
We had three hurdlers in action in the first track events of the day. Lois was pushed hard in her under 15 75 metres race, but just got home first in 12.3 seconds. Abby Beswick was hurdling well and had a clear lead in the under 17 race until she hit the penultimate hurdle and fell. Tessa Martin was the only senior lady hurdler and she ran alongside the under 20 men – who made a lot of noise when they hit the hurdles.
In the last event of the day Tessa tried to remember how to triple jump and, after cutting down on her run-up, she looked more comfortable with a best of 9.40 metres. Lois had had problems finding the take-off board in the long jump earlier in the day and she continued to have problems with the board in the triple jump. However her technique in the triple jump – in particular she has a step – helped her to a best of 9.72 metres.
Meanwhile in Stoke Ryan Spivey was taking part in the UK under 20 decathlon. Unfortunately he was a bit below par and had to pull put after the first 4 events.
A reminder of what’s happening over the next few days
Tuesday August 6th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7
Thursday August 8th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7
Saturday August 10th – last match of 2013 for senior men and ladies team at K2
Sunday August 11th – Inter-county match for under 15s and under 20s at Copthall