Young athletes’ fine show at Andover

Young athletes’ fine show at Andover

The second match of the 2022 Wessex Young Athletes League brought what was probably the best club performance in this league. Andover hosted Sunday’s match and team manager Paula Hine was rewarded with an impressive turnout.
There were so many fine performances that it isn’t possible to mention everyone without writing an essay.
Star performance was Harry Ryan’s Grade 1 performance in the under 13 boys hurdles in a time of 12.7. He won the B string 100 in 13.7 following Zachary Fricker’s second place in the A race in 13.3. Zachary won the long jump with 4.66 and the B string 200 in 27.6 marginally behind Harry Ruscoe’s second place in the A string race on 27.5.
Harry won the shot with 7m54 and Rory Connolly took great satisfaction from his winning 1m27 in the high jump.
The under 13 girls also won their age group. Iris Jones was impressive with a winning 25.5 in the 200 metres. Esther Brooks won the hurdles in a personal best 12.7 with Lavender West taking the B string in 13.1 but winning the 800 in another personal best 2.35.8. Kayla Robbins competed in high jump for the first time and won with 1m30. Teammate Alissa Irvine also recorded a personal best 1m24 to give maximum points.
William Langridge produced the goods in the under 15 boys age group with a personal best 12.2 in the 100 and 5.30 in the long jump. Woody van der Felz ran a 41.2 300 metres and a 5m23 long jump for maximum points.
Debutant Cadey Turner put the javelin out to 32m50 for a first time win. For the under 15 girls Lucy Lucas on the 100 metres in 13.1 and the 300 in 43.8. Imogen Rawles ran an inspired 800 metres to win in 2.40.3.
The under 17 women also won their age group.
1)Team Kennett 440 2) Wimborne 414 3) Southampton 246 4) Andover and Overton 217 5) Camberley 195 6) Dorchester 96

The under 11s went one better in the Quadkids competition. The powerful winning girls squad led by Bethany Cassidy who won the vortex with 30m10 and was second in the long jump with 3m40 to claim second place overall. Mila Desborough was third overall having claimed second place in the vortex with 29m95 and Edie Ramsden and Rosie Bond tied in ninth place. The boys improved considerably on match 1 with the team gaining second place. Ethan Bodman was second, William Ruscoe was 5th, Louis Mannion was 9th and George Morton 10th out of 35 competitors.
1)Wimborne 1477, 2) Southampton 1352, 3) Andover and Overton 1319, 4) Team Kennett 1284 5) Camberley 1118 6) Dorchester 871.

by Peter Impett

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