Blue Star athletes and officials faced a busy weekend, with the Under 13 and Under 15 team travelling to Aldershot on the Saturday with the Senior team having a home match at Broadbridge Heath on the Sunday.
Aldershot was the venue for the second round of matches in the Youth Development League for the Under 13 and Under 15 age groups, and another excellent performance saw the team take third place, scoring 491 points to winners Guildford’s 593 points and second place Crawley’s 583 points. This second third placing leaves the team in third place overall in the seven club league.
The Under 15 age group saw a double first in the Boys 80m Hurdles, where Seb Wallace ran a personal best of 12.1s to win the A race and Callum Palmer won the B race in 15.4s, another personal best. Wallace then went on to take second in the Long Jump with another personal best leap of 5.77m, and a third place in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.60m. Tom Gilsenan-Best looked impressive in the winning the A race in the 100m, running 12.5s and then winning the B string in the Long Jump with 5.39m, both personal best performances. Elsewhere there was a good run from Adam West in the 300m, where he took second place, running 40.2s, and the 1500m saw Ashley Williams run 4m38.2s for third place. The Under 15 Girls events saw Cleo Tomlinson and Jessica O’Flaherty team up in the Long Jump, with Cleo winning the A event with a leap of 5.07m and Jessica taking second place in the B event with 4.42m. These two also competed in the 300m, where Tomlinson ran 43.5s for second place in the A race and O’Flaherty won the B race with 44.7s.. Ella Hannyngton had a busy afternoon, running 13.7s in the 100m for second place in the A race, jumping 1.45m in the High Jump, for another second place and then winning the B event in the Shot with a throw of 7.56m. In the latter event Ruby Walker took third place in the A string with 7.95m, and there was another third place in the Javelin where Peanut Meekings threw 30.17m in the A string and team mate Jasmine Belshaw threw 17.3 to take third place in the B event.
Antoine Stehle won the Under 13 Boys High Jump with a personal best clearance of 1.47m, with Theo Ramage clearing 1.25m to take second place in the B event. Stehle teamed up with Edward Crossman in the Long Jump, with Crossman leaping 4.27m for third place in the A string and Stehle taking second place in the B string with 4.08m.Â Crossman ran well in the 200m where his time of 29.5s saw him, take third place in the A race, with Daniel Jackson also taking a third place in the B race with 30.6s. The Shot Putt saw Crossman throw 6.42m for second place and Craig Harris take third place in the B event with 6.11m. Another third place came in the Javelin B string, where Tom Ralph threw 17.70m.Â Sophie Hogton took a third place in the A race of the Under 13 Girls 70m Hurdles, running 13.1s, with team mate Macy Lawes winning the B race in 13.4s. Lawes also competed in the High Jump, where her clearance of 1.30m saw her take third place, with Emily Hutchinson also taking a third place in the B event with 1.20m.
The relay events that concluded the programme, saw the Under 15 Girls 4x100m team romp to victory in 51.9s, a new Club record. The Under 15 Boys team finished third (52.2s), the same position as gained by the Under 13 Boys team (57.7s), with the Under 13 Girls 6th (59.9s). The 4x300m relay saw the Under 15 Boys finish 3rd (2m52.7s).
The following day at Broadbridge Heath it was the Senior team performing, with the team taking second place, scoring 152 points to winners St Marys Richmond 172pts, but ahead of Sutton (144pts) and Thanet (103pts). The Men’s Javelin saw Luke Johnson throw a personal best 57.83m to win the A string, while Elliot Bayley, although only able to do a standing throw due a foot injury, took second place in the B string with 34.84m. Gareth Lewis was the mainstay of the team contesting eight events. Winning the B string Pole Vault with 2.65m, where Connor Dearden cleared 3.45m to win the A string. Lewis also won the B string Triple Jump with a leap of 11.98m, with Lewis Kirby winning the
A string with 12.36m. Harry Baker won the High Jump with a clearance of 1.88m and there was a double victory in the 1500m, where Josh Barnett won the A race in 4m30.3s, with team mate Luke Triccas just behind in 4m30.8s to win the B race.
The Women’s events saw a double victory in the High Jump, where Tabby Lee cleared 1.50m to win the A string and Lucy Milnthorpe won the B event with 1.40m. Maddie Williams cleared 1.85m to win the Pole Vault and there was a good run from Maddy Strickland in the 400m where she was a comfortable winner in 66.7s. Lee and Strickland teamed up in the Triple Jump where Lee jumped 9.76m to win the A event and Strickland won the B event with 9.17m. Maisie Boast won the 1500m (5m41.6s) and Emma Garry took second place in both the Shot (8.55m) and the Discus (28.26m).Â The 4x400m relays saw the women’s team run out impressive winners in 4m22.3s, with the Men’s team finishing second (3m50.4s).