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Two club records tumble – Yeovil – 12 May 2013

Georgia Dudman reports from the SWL.

On Sunday 12th May, Wimborne AC made a fantastic effort in Yeovil for the first match in the 2013 South West League Division One. Originally given fifth place on the provisional results by one point the arguments continue as to whether Wimborne or Poole AC stay out of the relegation zone. For individual athletes it was a successful day with several highlights for WAC.

Rebecca May achieved a 1m30 high jump result in the u13 category despite the poor weather conditions. This result was an impressive 15cm higher than everybody else. She was also third in the shot with 5m87. Grace Copeland ran the u13 1500m in 5.02.6 strikingly fending off the North Somerset competition.  She also went on to win the 200m in 30.7s.  Liam Murphy-Parry was third in the 1500m in 5.07.8 and the 200m in 29.2.  Newcomer Ben Holland was third in the long jump with 4m23.

In the u15 girls category, Bethan Burley secured second place in the hurdles in 12s5 as well as for the javelin with a 23m97 result.  Kelly Snook was second and Abi Morgan fourth in the high jump though both recorded clearances of 1m45. Pippa Hine tried 300 meters for the first time and took third place with a useful 46.0s. Meanwhile, Ross Crabbe was the boys u15 long jump winner with a 5m38 result.  Ryan Long finished strongly for second in the 80 metre hurdles and Piers Copeland was third in the 1500m with 4.36.8.  Newcomer Harry Shepherd impressed in the pole vault with a second placed 2m25.

In the u17 category, Abbie Hine won the 1500m steeplechase for the girls, breaking the club record by over a minute with a 5.42 and Charlotte Bourne was third.  Abbie was also third in the 1500m sharing a time of 5m20.8 with Ella Hearne.  For the U17 boys, Jason Sotheran won the 1500m in 4.21.7 which is also a new club record. He planned a very controlled race, applying the pressure at just the right time to shake off the opposition and set this record.  With no high jump on the card Ryan Webb settled for a 16.8 third place in the 100 hurdles and a third in the triple jump in 11m24.

Abbie Hine earned a UK ranking of 6th in her age group after her steeplechase at Yeovil

Hannah Winton was second in the triple jump for the seniors with 10m04 and Jack Snook’s 3m70 and Dave Pearson’s third-placed long jump on 5m28 added very useful points.

The next match on July 7th at Exeter awaits us where we need to make every effort to improve our position.

Finally, special acknowledgements go to under 13s Nia Burley, Jessica Bourne, Ben Holland, Zac Fenwick, Martha Taylor, Hannah Fairchild, Tom Morrison, Fern Morrison and Nathan Hellier for taking on their first match in the South West League.



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