Although the Blue Star only took a small team to the Youth Development league fixture for the Under 17 and Under 20 age groups, they put in a good performance to finish in fourth place of the eight competing Clubs. This result moves the team up to 4th place overall in the league.
In the Under 17 Women’s Long Jump Cleo Tomlinson leapt an impressive 5.50m to take a comfortable victory. Tomlinson then went on to record a second place in the 100m, where she ran 12.88s and a third place in the 200m 27.35s. Tom Gilsenan-Best won the Under 17 Men’s 100m with a new personal best time of 11.65s, with team mate Matt O’Dwyer running 12.50s for second place in the B race. These two also teamed up in the Long Jump both securing victories Gilsenan-Best jumping 5.81m in the A string and O’Dwyer jumping 5.16m in the B event. Gilsenan-Best also recorded a new personal best in the 200m, where he ran 23.92s, but had to settle for third place. O’Dwyer took second place in the Javelin with a throw of 22.41m, with Callum Palmer also taking second place in the B string with 21.97m. Palmer had earlier taken second place in the Triple Jump with 10.44m. Dan Dearden cleared 3.90m in the pole Vault, but was edged into second place, and the 1500m saw Sam Richards run 4m40.24s to take second place in the A race, with Charlie Beckley winning the B race in 5m08.49s, both setting new personal bests.
In the Under 20 women’s events Sophie Sheldon made a great contribution to the points securing second places in the Pole Vault, where she cleared 2.70m for a new personal best, the Javelin (11.72m) and the Discus (17.24m), where Lucy Marsh threw 16.21m to win the B string. Marsh then went on to take second place in the Triple Jump with 8.79m. Lucy Senneck took third place in the Under 17 Women’s Javelin with a throw of 20.24m.