The Blue Star Under 13 & Under 15 young athletes league team had their first match of the season at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley and the warm sunny conditions brought out the best of the team who ran out winners scoring 542 points, ahead of Guildford (529pts), Winchester (446pts), Kingston (440pts), Chichester (415pts) and Team Dorset (391pts).

The warm conditions gave athletes the opportunity to start their seasons with some good performances. Seb Wallace stormed to victory in the Under 15, 80m Hurdles running a personal best 11.5s, which was not only an English Schools qualifying time, but confirmed his current position at the top of the UK rankings. Wallace then went on to win the Long Jump with a leap of 5.92m, where team mate Matt O’Dwyer won the B string with 4.99m, and then set another personal best when clearing 1.70m to win the High Jump., where team mate Callum Palmer cleared 1.45m to win the B event.
Cleo Tomlinson also won her three events, firstly taking the 100m in 13.2s, then leaping 5.26m to win the Long Jump, where Renee Bassin won the B string with a leap of 4.30m, and then finally running an impressive personal best time of 42.8s to win the 300m. The Under 15, 1500m produced good points with Issy Hayes easily winning the Girls A race in 4m58.0s, with Emilia Burkinshaw finishing second in the B race in 5m45.6s. The Boys race saw a good run from Matty Smith, where he recorded a new personal best of 4m38.6s in winning the A race, with Tom Clark winning the B race in 5m06.5s.

In the U15 Boys Pole Vault Dan Dearden cleared 3.10m to win the A event, and there was a double first in the Girls Pole Vault, with Vivienne Rae winning the A string jumping 2.20m and Hayley Emerson clearing 2.00m to win the B event. There was another double first in the Under 15 Girls Shot, where Ruby Walker threw a massive personal best of 9.28m to win the A string and Macy Lawes won the B event with a throw of 7.90m. The Under 15 Girls High Jump saw Emily Hutchinson take the win in the A string with a clearance of 1.45m. Matt O’Dwyer and Ed Crossman teamed up in the U15 Boys 200m, with O’Dwyer finishing second in the A race in 24.9s, with Crossman running 26.9s to win the B race., both setting new personal bests.

Although the Under 13 age group did not produce the same number of winning performances there were some good performances. Madeleine Way set two new personal bests, firstly winning the Long Jump with a leap of 4.18m, with Kyla Ball jumping 3.77m for second place in the B event and then taking third place in the 75m in 10.8s, with club mate Holly Hudson running 11.0s for second place in the B race. Lucy Costello ran well in the 70m Hurdles, finishing second in 13.0s. The Boys Javelin saw Vlad Tikhomirov throw 19.69m for third place in the A string, with Theo Ramage throwing 16.80m to win the B event. The Girls High Jump secured more good points with Kyla Ball clearing 1.30m for second place in the A string and Lucy Costello winning the B string with 1.20m.

The Blue Star Under 13 & Under 15 young athletes league team had their first match of the season at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley and the warm sunny conditions brought out the best of the team who ran out winners scoring 542 points, ahead of Guildford (529pts), Winchester (446pts), Kingston (440pts), Chichester (415pts) and Team Dorset (391pts).
The warm conditions gave athletes the opportunity to start their seasons with some good performances. Seb Wallace stormed to victory in the Under 15, 80m Hurdles running a personal best 11.5s, which was not only an English Schools qualifying time, but confirmed his current position at the top of the UK rankings. Wallace then went on to win the Long Jump with a leap of 5.92m, where team mate Matt O’Dwyer won the B string with 4.99m, and then set another personal best when clearing 1.70m to win the High Jump., where team mate Callum Palmer cleared 1.45m to win the B event.
Cleo Tomlinson also won her three events, firstly taking the 100m in 13.2s, then leaping 5.26m to win the Long Jump, where Renee Bassin won the B string with a leap of 4.30m, and then finally running an impressive personal best time of 42.8s to win the 300m. The Under 15, 1500m produced good points with Issy Hayes easily winning the Girls A race in 4m58.0s, with Emilia Burkinshaw finishing second in the B race in 5m45.6s. The Boys race saw a good run from Matty Smith, where he recorded a new personal best of 4m38.6s in winning the A race, with Tom Clark winning the B race in 5m06.5s.
In the U15 Boys Pole Vault Dan Dearden cleared 3.10m to win the A event, and there was a double first in the Girls Pole Vault, with Vivienne Rae winning the A string jumping 2.20m and Hayley Emerson clearing 2.00m to win the B event. There was another double first in the Under 15 Girls Shot, where Ruby Walker threw a massive personal best of 9.28m to win the A string and Macy Lawes won the B event with a throw of 7.90m. The Under 15 Girls High Jump saw Emily Hutchinson take the win in the A string with a clearance of 1.45m. Matt O’Dwyer and Ed Crossman teamed up in the U15 Boys 200m, with O’Dwyer finishing second in the A race in 24.9s, with Crossman running 26.9s to win the B race., both setting new personal bests.
Although the Under 13 age group did not produce the same number of winning performances there were some good performances. Madeleine Way set two new personal bests, firstly winning the Long Jump with a leap of 4.18m, with Kyla Ball jumping 3.77m for second place in the B event and then taking third place in the 75m in 10.8s, with club mate Holly Hudson running 11.0s for second place in the B race. Lucy Costello ran well in the 70m Hurdles, finishing second in 13.0s. The Boys Javelin saw Vlad Tikhomirov throw 19.69m for third place in the A string, with Theo Ramage throwing 16.80m to win the B event. The Girls High Jump secured more good points with Kyla Ball clearing 1.30m for second place in the A string and Lucy Costello winning the B string with 1.20m.
The 4x100m Relays saw convincing wins for both Under 15 teams, with the Girls team of Jasmine Belshaw, Cleo Tomlinson, Renee Bassin and Ruby Walker running 52.6s, and the Boys team of Ed Crossman, Seb Wallace, Callum Palmer and Matt O’Dwyer running 49.6s. This was an excellent start for the team and with the next match at Broadbridge Heath they look forward to retaining the lead in the league.

The 4x100m Relays saw convincing wins for both Under 15 teams, with the Girls team of Jasmine Belshaw, Cleo Tomlinson, Renee Bassin and Ruby Walker running 52.6s, and the Boys team of Ed Crossman, Seb Wallace, Callum Palmer and Matt O’Dwyer running 49.6s. This was an excellent start for the team and with the next match at Broadbridge Heath they look forward to retaining the lead in the league.

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