Junior athletes lead the way – 13 July 2014
Peter Impett reports
from Wessex League at Camberley
In the final Wessex
Young Athletes League match of the season the highlight was the
performance of the under-11 boys quadkids squad. Led by Ben Butcher, who
won the competition overall, the boys were only just pushed in to second
place by overall winners, home team, Camberley. Ben won the long jump
with 4m28 and the 75 metres. Team mate Joe Baynham was 5th,
Oscar Street 9th and Seb Flavell 12th. Oscar
recorded the fastest time in the 600 metres. Ben, Joe and Oscar all won
their heats in the 600 and debutant James Daniels was a heat winner in
the 75 metres. Both George Butcher and Albert Van Der Felz improved on
their scores in the previous match. In the girls, Ava Keay was 10th,
Lydia Rusling 12th with Charlotte Piper and Aimee Figg tied
in 19th. Aimee was in the top three in the vortex throw and
Ava was in the top three in the 75 metres.
In the main match,
points were harder to come by, partly because athletes were committed to
the English Schools and another league match over the weekend.
The under-13 girls
dominated the throws with Jasmine Figg winning the shot 6m95 and the
javelin 19m46 and Nia Burley winning the discus with 17m25. Nia was
also second in the high jump 1m25 while Erin Thickett won the long jump
in 4m25. Beth Kingswell-Farr was second in the 1200 metres and twin
Issie won the B-string long jump with 3m63 for a clean sweep in that
returning from the English Schools won the 200m in 26.6. Meanwhile
Bethan Burley, also an English Schools competitor, took second place in
the shot with 10m70 behind the national champion and in the 300m she set
a new club record with a time of 43.80s. Lucy Ballam improved her 1500m
time with a 4.56.8 win and Charlotte Ayton is diversifying her event
roster with second place in the discus 21m47.
It was much quieter
for the boys but Ben Holland was second in the long jump with 4m59 in
the under-13s, Toby Randerson won the 200m under-15s in 24.4 and Elliott
Symes was second in the 1500 in 4.50.0 (a new PB). Ross Crabbe won the
under-17 long jump with 5m21.
Marlborough Juniors 375
their position as top Dorset-based team in the league and seem destined
to finish in about 11th place overall.