The latest UK Youth Development League match for the Under 13 & Under 15 age groups took place at Kingston, with the sweltering conditions making it difficult for both the athletes and the officials. The Blue Star team were edged into 4th place on the day, but still retain their 3rd league position of the seven competing clubs.
The Under 15 Girls events saw a convincing win for Peanut Meekings in the Javelin, where she threw 35.80m. Meekings then went on to take a second place in the Shot with a throw of 9.98m, with Ella Hannyngton finishing third in the B event with 7.02m. In The High Jump Ella Hannyngton cleared 1.56m to take second place in the A event with Cleo Tomlinson winning the B string with 1.50m. Tomlinson then went on to take second in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.87m, with Jessica O’Flaherty also finishing second in the B string with 4.78m. The 100m races saw Ella Hannyngton run 13.8s to finish third in the A race with Ruby Walker recording the same time to place second in the B race. There was a good run from Jessica O’Flaherty in the 300m where she ran 44.3s to take second place, and the 75m Hurdles produced good points with Rania Hyde taking third place in the A race (12.4s) and Isabelle Humphries running the same time to take second place in the B event.
In the Under 15 Boys 80m Hurdles Seb Wallace ran a personal best 11.9s to win the A race with Callum Palmer taking third place in the B race with 15.1s. Wallace leapt 5.96m to take second place in the A string Long Jump with Tom Gilsenan-Best winning the B string with 5.46m. The High Jump saw Wallace take another second place clearing 1.65m to be beaten only on countback, while Hari Brogan cleared 1.55m to take third place in the B event. Adam West had a good day achieving two personal bests, running 40.1s to take second place in the A string 300m and then a third place in the 200m in 24.7s, where Matt O’Dwyer ran 25.5s for third place in the B race. One of the outstanding performances of the day was in the 1500m where Ashley Williams ran an excellent race,, taking the race on with 200m to go he just got edged out into second place, but took 9 second off of his personal best, running 4m29.7s. In the B race Matty Smith took third place in 4m54.7s.
The Under 13 events saw wins hard to come by, but Antoine Stehle put up a good performance in the Boys High Jump where his clearance of 1.46m saw him win the A event. Stehle then went on to take second place in the B string 75m Hurdles (15.7s), with team mate Craig Harris running 14.9s for 5th place in the A race. The Under 13 Girls High Jump saw Emily Hutchinson clear 1.35m for second in the A event, with Macy Lawes also finishing second in the B event with 1.30m. Lawes took another second place in the Shot, with a throw of 7.78m and then ran 13.0s in the 70m Hurdles, also for second place, where Sophie Hogton ran 12.5s for 4th place in the A race.
The relays completed the programme, with the Under 15 Girls 4x100m team of Ruby Walker, Isabelle Humphreys, Jessica O’Flaherty and Ella Hannyngton finishing second in 53.1s and the Under 15 Boys 4x100m team of Joe Fickling, Tom Gilsenan-Best, John Fickling and Matt O’Dwyer finishing 3rd in 51.7s.