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South-West Area Multi Events  –22/23 June 2013

Rob Curtis reports from Exeter

Wimborne AC had two athletes competing at the 2013 SW Area Multi Events in Exeter on the 22/23 June – Matt Curtis in the senior boys’ decathlon and Bethan Burley in the junior girls’ pentathlon, both competitors in the first year of their respective age groups.

In the senior boy’s decathlon, Dorset was the only county to provide a team that would be able to register a result by supplying three competitors, Nick Hunt (Southampton AC), Matt (Wimborne AC) and Dan Martin (Poole AC). Somerset had two competitors, Dorset would qualify for the National Finals as long as all three competitors finished the event.  Matt started on the Saturday morning with the 100m, he produced a PB of 11.61 and placed second of the five competitors, onto the long jump with a best of 5.84m which dropped him down to 3rd place overall. The shot came next, Matt provided a big PB of 11.66m and points of 586 with a total so far of 1868 and moving back into 2nd place overall. High jump was next and a steady performance of 1.70m dropped Matt back to 3rd place, another PB of 53.96 in the 400m brought the close of the first day and second place overall with a points total of 3012 and going well for a good score, the third placed competitor, from Somerset,  was 100 points behind.


Matt mid-flight

The second day starts with the 110m hurdles, usually one of Matt’s strong events, unfortunately a fourth place brings him down to 3rd place overall. On to the discus, a steady throw of 32.66 puts him back into 2nd overall. Moving onto the pole vault, on his last vault at 3.00m Matt dropped onto the bed awkwardly and strained his neck, first aid was called and they recommended Matt not to carry on with any more events. To claim the points gained so far for the Dorset Team, and qualify for the National’s. Matt had to participate in the final two events, a token throw in the javelin was carried out and in the 1500m Matt stepped over the line and retired. This meant the points for the team have been registered and a Dorset team will be represented at National Finals.


The end of the 400metres and the end of the first day with Matt on the floor

Bethan Burley competed on the Sunday in the junior girls’ penthathlon, the event starts with the 75m hurdles, Bethan put in a brave performance of 12.29s to start her competition with 10th place. Moving on to the shot, Bethan putt the shot a fantastic 9.57m to register the 2nd best putt of the day which moved her up to 4th place overall with a points total of 1143. The high jump is next in the order of events, not one of Bethan’s best events, a PB height of 1.33m was achieved, unfortunately this dropped her down to 9th place overall. On to the long jump, again Bethan jumped a PB with a distance of 4.50m to stay in 9th position overall. The final event of the day for the junior girls is the 800m, yet again Bethan put in a PB performance by 2.5s, of 2.39.06 this moved her up to 8th position overall with a points total of 2594. Although Bethan did not achieve automatic selection for the National Finals the points total she gained has been enough to get her selected for the finals as she was in the next six highest scores in the country. This bodes well for next year when Bethan will be in the same age group.


Bethan clears the bar



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