The Blue Stars had a busy weekend with two fixtures at Broadbridge Heath. Saturday saw the Under 13 and Under 15s contest the second match in the YDL Lower Age League, whilst it was the turn of the Seniors on Sunday in their second match in the Southern Athletic League. Fortunately the weather was good for both matches which was a benefit for not only the athletes but also for the many officials needed to promote these meetings.
The YDL Lower age group team finished a creditable third in their match scoring 497 points behind winners Team Dorset (545pts) and Guildford (523 pts). They now lie second in the league. There were several winning performances, with double wins coming in the Under 15 Boys High Jump, where Hari Brogan cleared a personal best 1.66m to win the A string and Callum Palmer jumped 1.45m to win the B event, and in the Under 15 Boys Pole Vault, with wins for Dan Dearden (3.25m) and Josh Lalley (2.00m).
Issy Hayes had a good run in the Under 15 Girls 800m, where she ran an impressive personal best 2m23.0s to take the victory, whilst in the same age group Cleo Tomlinson notched up a trio of wins, taking the 100m in 12.7s, then the Long Jump with a leap of 5.24m and finally dominating the 300m, coming home an easy winner in 42.1s, with club mate Renee Bassin winning the B race in 45.7s. Alina Hillicks won the Discus with a throw of 19.85m to set a new personal best mark, whilst Matt O’Dwyer won the Under 15 Boys Shot with a throw of 10.87m, before taking second place in the A race of the 200m (24.8s), with Ed Crossman also finishing second in the B race with 27.3s. These two also teamed up in the Long Jump where again they both finished second, jumping 5.12m and 4.65m respectively. The Under 15 Boys 1500m saw a good run from Matty Smith, who finished second, setting a new personal best of 4m25.9s, almost 13 second faster than he had ever run before. Team mate Tom Clark took second place in the B race in 5m07.9s. The 4x100m relay events saw the Under 15 Girls team of Jasmine Belshaw, Cleo Tomlinson, Sophie Hogton and Ruby Walker run out winners in 52.7s, whilst the Under 15 Boys team finished 2nd in 52.0s.
Sunday saw the Seniors compete in their second league fixture of the season and they finished 3rd scoring 173pts, to the winners Salisbury (246pts) and Havant 175 points, with Andover back in fourth place (113) points.
The 3000m Steeplechase produced a double victory for the team, with Bradley Burke taking the lead at halfway to run out an easy winner in 10m34.2s, with Jonathan Arnold winning the B race in 11m59.8s. Another double victory came in the High Jump, where Jack Milnthorpe cleared 1.76m to win the A string with Calum Neil taking the A string with a leap of 1.61m. Neil then went on to win the Pole Vault with a clearance of 3.65m, with newcomer Josh Lalley clearing 2.05m to take second place in the B event. The Men’s Discus event saw Simon Brown launch the 2kg implement a massive 40.39m to secure a comfortable win. In the Women’s events there was a good win for Annabel Morton in the 1500m where she ran 4m52.9s to secure an easy win, with club mate Maisie Boast winning the B race in 5m44.4s. Elspeth Turner ran well to win the 5000m in 17m56.5s, with Liz Hutchinson winning the B race in 23m26.5s. In the Pole Vault, Mia Frost cleared 1.95m to finish second in the A string with Sophie Sheldon winning the B event also clearing 1.95m. Peanut Meekings threw 29.16m to take second place in the A string Javelin event. The final relay events saw both the Men and Women’s 4x100m teams finish second running 46.1s and 53.5s respectively while the Women’s 4x400m team closed the meeting off in style with a convincing win in 4m25.5s.