The Blue Stars Senior team travelled to Hastings for the first of this season’s Southern Athletic League fixture. They were met by very cold conditions which hampered performances and three times during the afternoon had to endure a hail shower. Despite this the team performed well and ran out convincing winners in the match. Scoring an impressive 241 points they finished ahead of East Grinstead (177 pts), Worthing (164 pts) and Swale (159 pts).
There were many winning performances, with several athletes recording personal bests. The Men’s Shot saw Simon Brown throw 10.60m to take victory and he then went on to win the Discus with a throw of 41.02m. Brown also took second place in the hammer with a personal best throw of 27.77m and third place in the Javelin (31.94m). Elsewhere in the field Jack Milnthorpe won the Men’s Triple Jump with a leap of 11.79m, with James Hedges winning the B string (10.65m). The Men’s Long Jump saw Tom Gilsenan-Best take second place with a jump of 5.44m, with Boguslaw Zelechowski win the B event with 5.27m. Jessica O’Flaherty won the Women’s Long Jump with a leap of 4.93m with team mate Renee Bassin jumping 4.53m to win the B event. There was another double victory in the Women’s Pole Vault with Sophie Sheldon winning the A string with a clearance of 2.30m and Lucy Marsh, having her first attempt at the event, clearing 1.40m.
On the track there was a double win in the Men’s 800m, with Ash Williams leading all the way to win the A race in 2m05.7s, with Sam Richards taking the B race in 2m20.9s. Wins also came in the 5000m where Harry Eaton had a good run to win in 16m33.6s. The Men’s 200m saw Adam West run a personal best to take second in the A race in 24.1s, and in the 1500m Matty Smith also ran a personal best of 4m22.2s to take second in the 1500m, with team mate Tom Mackman winning the B race in 4m34.2s. The Women’s 400m saw a double win with Jessica O’Flaherty dominating the field to run home an impressive winner in 61.9s, with Melanie Bradley, having her first run over the distance, winning the B race in 68.1s.
The meeting finished as usual with the relays, and in both the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m races the Blue Star teams were edged into second places running 46.2s and 54.1s respectively, whilst both 4x400m teams ran out winners with the Men’s team running 3m49.4s and the Women’s team 5m31.1s. This was a promising start to the Club’s league campaign, but they face tougher opposition in their future matches.