It was over to Wavertree on Sunday for Fixture Three of this years YDL Upper Age Group Division One League, which saw a sunny day and a good performance by the Harriers to finish second to Liverpool, leaving the Club in 3rd place as we approach the last fixture at the end of July.
Full Results HERE
With a number of athletes missing on the day some of the Team went out of their comfort zone to do extra events. The Club had some new members out for the first time which helped achieve the overall result on the day and there were some good performances from them.
Eight of the athletes set new personal bests with U17 Connor Davison adding four metres to his in the Discus (31.23m) and taking 3rd place in the event. U17 Sam Pearson-Moore added nearly 10 metres to his his Javelin PB taking 5th spot with a new PB of 37.03m. Lewis Old set a new PB in the Long Jump 4th with 5.15m and Libby Bonis (U17) took a tenth off her 200m time winning in 26.5. She was also given the same time as the winner (45.2) in the ‘B’ 300m with the width of a vest separating them on the line. Olivia Wilson who is improving all the time cut over a second off her 300m time to set a new PB of 47.1 and Georgina Rickard (U17) added nearly a metre to her previous best with a leap of 4.30m. Byron Abbott knocked 8 seconds off his best time in the 1500m Steeplechase in 5.01.0. Liz Greenwood lopped over 14 seconds off her 1500m Steeplechase time when she won in 5.29.7 and this on her second only ever attempt at the event.
In addition to the new PB’s the athletes produced 14 individual event wins on the day including Connor Makin who ran solo in the 400m Hurdles – Ben Aspinall with a double win in the U20 Long Jump (6.28m) and Triple Jump (13.56m) – U20 Caleb Lee in the Triple Jump 10.20m – U17 Byron Abbott in the 1500m Steeplechase (5.01.0) – Jacob Roberts took the U17 Hammer with a throw of 47.95m – Connor Davison won the Shot Putt (u17) with 10.73m in addition to his big PB in the Discus – Phoebe Howe had a double win in the U20 400m Hurdles (77.8) and 1500m Steeplechase (6.22.4) – Katie Buckingham won the 1500m Steeplechase in 5.53.4 and there is no doubt that the efforts of the athletes who competed in the Steeplechase on the day brought a large number of points to the Team – Rebecca Orrell won the U20 Hammer with a throw of 38.59 – Grace Handley had a double win in the U17 1500m (4.53.5) and the ‘B’ 3000m in 11.32.5 as did Liz Greenwood who took the U17 ‘A’ 3000m in 10.36.2 and the 1500m Steeplechase in 5.29.7 – Megan Clarkson made a winning return to competition after quite a long lay off due to injury, winning the U17 ‘B’ 1500m in 5.25.2 and then ran a solid 2.45.1 in the ‘B’ 800m.
Great contributions by all the athletes on the day ensured that the points kept rolling in. In the U20 Age Category Jake Almond who hasn’t competed of late and new member John Iluga contested the sprints with Jake taking 4th in the 100m (12.4), 4th in the 200m (24.2) and John 4th in the 100m ‘B’ (14.1) and 3rd in the ‘B’ 200m (28.7). Connor Makin after his solo run in the 400m Hurdles ran 53.3 in the 400m (3rd) and Gareth Johnson 3rd in the ‘B’ ran 63.9. Connor then threw in the Javelin (5th) with 23.00m and the Hammer where he took invaluable points coming 2nd in the ‘B’. Gareth also helped out on the Throws with a 2nd in the ‘B’ Discus (16.80m), 6th in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (7.69m) and a 4th place in the ‘A’ Hammer (19.20m). Chris Richardson-Dulling put a shift in with 4th in the ‘A’ 1500m (5.14.8), 4th in the ‘A’ 3000m (11.52.1) and 2nd in the 2000m Steeplechase (8.26.7).
New member Jamie Tebay in his first competition started really well placing 2nd in the U17 Javelin with a throw of 22.28m and ran ran 14.3 in the 100m ‘A’ with Lewis Old running faster in the ‘B’ clocking 13.4. Caleb Lee added a 2nd placed 5.32m Long Jump in the ‘B’ U20’s as well as a 1.45m High Jump (5th). Another new member – Zac Hargreaves (U17) – got stuck in and did well running 2.17.2 in the 800m ‘A’ with Tom Mckee taking second spot in the ‘B’ with 2.14.7. Zac also had a good competition in the U17 Triple Jump finishing 2nd with 11.83m and just 6 cms off the winner. Tom then went onto the 3000m running solidly in 2nd place for a time of 10.23.7. Zac took on the 1500m too taking 2nd in 4.37.0 (‘B’ Race) and Byron Abbott finished 4th in the ‘A’ in 4.31.4.
As well as her effort in the Steeplechase, Katie Buckingham placed 3rd in the 100m Hurdles (18.0) and 2nd in the 400m Hurdles (68.6). Rebecca Orrell finished 5th in the ‘A’ U20 Discus with 24.97m and Grace Handley was absolutely delighted to get a big PB in the U17 Discus with a 3rd placed throw of 12.76m. Jane Saothong who took 3rd place in the U20 ‘B’ Long Jump, took a good 3rd place in the Hammer and 2nd in the Shot Putt. Olivia Brooks came 2nd in the ‘A’ U20 High Jump with 1.45m and 2nd in the Long Jump ‘A’ with 4.75m. Esme Pearse finished 4th in the 80m Hurdles (14.6) as well as 3rd place in the 300m Hurdles (56.2). Another new member, this time in the girls – Hannah Kelly – in her first ever competition came in 5th in the U17 Shot Putt (6.87m).