Peter Impett reports from Exeter
Wimborne AC launched their 2016 South West Athletics League season at
Exeter on Sunday with a performance that matched the bright sunshine. The
fine detail of points took some time to work out but, as it stands, we are
third overall out of seven, after the opening match.
The value of multi eventers cannot be underestimated as under 17 Bethan
Burley broke the league record in the shot with 12m19, won the hurdles in
12.60 and was third in the high jump on 1m45. Ben Butcher jumped his own
height of 1m48 in the under 13 boys’ high jump, won the hurdles in 14.39
and was second in the 100 in 14.25. Rob Hughes won the under 15 hurdles
with 13.19 and was third in the long jump with 4m84.
Ben Butcher checking the height of the high jump
The under 17 women provided a good points haul with Grace Copeland
comfortably winning the 1500 metres in blustery conditions in a time of
4.49.31. Hannah Slater has taken to the steeplechase like the proverbial
duck to water and her second placed 5.58.21 gives her English Championship
standard at the first attempt over this distance. Amy Mercer was third in
the triple jump with 9m80 and Caitlin Rogers
was also third this time in the 300 metres in a time of 44.88.
The under 15 girls also put points in the pot with Martha Taylor winning
the javelin with 33m66, Abbie Lovering second and Anna Kelliher third in
the 1500 in 4.58.76 and 5.11.32 respectively and Flo Lockwood finishing
third in the hurdles 12.76. Finn Peterson turned in a winning 2m55 in the
under 15 boys’ pole vault for a comfortable win.
At under 13 level Oscar Street won the 200 in 29.27 and distance runner
Ollie Rawles took third place in the javelin with 21m97. Oscar and Ollie
were joined by Ben Butcher and Rufus Booth for a convincing relay win.
Charlotte Piper also had success in the girls’ javelin with 15m93 for
Tom Boulton won the under 20 pole vault at 2m70 and Ryan Webb the long
jump with 6m77. Curtis Ormerod-Taylor
was third in the under 17 javelin 32m44 and James Guyler was third in the
200 metres in 24.18. Caitlyn Hooper was second in the senior women triple
jump 9m90 and Hannah Winton third 9m80. Mr Dependable, Dave Pearson tied
up wins in the 110 hurdles 20.19 and his main event the pole vault on
A great day and a very happy team management.