Wessex League young athletes match at Five Rivers, Salisbury

Girls team – really difficult to pick out highlights as there was 33 pbs amongst the 18 competitors. In the U13g Ottilie Knight is now the South West number 1in the Javelin which she won with a throw of 20.92 over 5 metres clear of her nearest rival. Ottilie also won the long jump in3m95cm. Tasha Mundell, Livi Gorvin & Morgan Ringwood, all performed brilliantly gaining valuable points and achieving PBs in all 3 of their events. New girls Louise Webb and Abigail Burn were not outclassed and coped well, delivering fine performances. In the U15g Maisie Grant, Heidi porter, Ella May Hards and Claudia Downie put their hard work of winter to use and turned their excellent cross country form into good performances over 800 & 1500m. Meg Siddle, Megan Price, Katherine Murphy, Felicity White, Rachel Herring and Sophie Scarr all came away with PBs and good points in the sprints. In the U17s Marie Clarke demonstrated her multi event skills long jumping, high jumping and shot putting and Alice Smith after winning the 100m, ran pbs in the 200m & 300m. U20s Amy Jaramazovic and Emma Clarke ran in preparation for next week’s Southern Athletics League match next week in Plymouth.

Boys’ team: all the U13s did well, Josh Hole, Ethan Ness, Gus Pearce, Will Waterhouse, Finn Lloyd-Gilmore, Aaaron Shelley & Taylor Oakley. Some making their debuts for the club.

In U15s, Thomas Hughes and Jacob Collins showed we have some good field eventers as well as track stars. Jonathon Batchelor impressed most in the sprints with a 100 & 200 victory, whilst Alex James showed some encouraging performances on his debut. Josh Shuter had a good debut in the 800mtrs too. Jaymee Domoney won the 800m with a six second improvement on his pb – down to 2:13.2. Everyone else had some solid performance for their first outings of the season.

In U17s, the sprinters Jake Ness and Austen Lane were in good form, whilst Gio Downie laid down some strong foundations for his season with a superb 800mtr (2:02) and high jump victory (1m70). U20’s also showed strength with Andrew Pryde running 11.4 for the 100m and Sam Rogers 2:09 for the 800m.

Two of our U11s (school years 4 & 5) won the quad kids competition which runs alongside the full match. Each of the 6 clubs competing can enter 10 girls and 10 boys at the events which are long jump, 600m, 75 m sprint and vortex. Each event acquires points in a similar fashion to a decathlon/ heptathlon. All of our entrants did extremely well but Tyler Mealing for the boys and Molly Hole for the girls came out individual winners. A massive achievement!

Speedy Jake sets new club record indoors

In the Metaswitch Games, first of the pre-season indoor events on the Lee Valley track, City of Salisbury’s young athlete Jake Ness showed in the 60m dash that he has lost none of his sprinting speed since the close of the outdoor campaign several weeks ago.

He clocked a personal best 7.44sec and followed that with a further improvement to 7.40sec before moving to the 200m where his 22.96sec set a new under-17’s club record.

Another of the performances of the day at 60m came from Austen Lane who in his first-ever race for the club ran 7.58 in his debut and then sliced that down to an impressive 7.45. Also making his debut, Josh Davies clocked 8.96.

Two more debuts saw Bea Fordham record 8.36 and Katherine Murphy 11.16.

At 200m Keith Bachiller was timed at 28.96 in his first race at the distance, Austen Lane 24.05 and Andrew Pryde 23.96.

Megan Price ran 29.68 for a new pb, Katherine Murphy 40.17, Olivia Miller 31.59, Freya Espir an indoor pb 28.24 and Bea Fordham a new mark of 28.08.

Rounding off the day in style, the squad met with the London Olympics 100m sprinter Adam Gemili and 400m hurdler Perri Shakes Drayton.

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2011/2012 Season Summary by Lee Ness

Although our sport is primarily individual and our performance at events is individual – our success is as a team. None of us could achieve success if we trained and attended events alone.

Achievements this season (2011):

  • Sprint team has considerably grown in size.
  • We have provided more representation to Club events such as Super 8 and Southern Athletics League than anyone else.
  • The current team presently holds 26 club records and 3 county records
  • In the AAA Standards, our athletes have achieved the following standards:
    • Grade 1: 2
    • Grade 2: 3
    • Grade 3: 8
    • Grade 4: 7
  • We have also had representatives at English Schools, National Indoor Championships and the National Outdoor Championships including a total of 4 championship medals.