29 July 2018 - U17/U20
- Allianz Stadium
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Well all good things come to an end… After 2 years, 10
months and 23 days the combined forces of the B&B junior men and women
failed to win a match for the first time. Our unbeaten run will remain at 13
matches which stretches back to the 2015 YDL final - a record that will
likely stand for some time and is a reflection of the athletic ability, hard
work, effort and combined team spirit of a group of athletes, their coaches
and supporters that the whole club can be proud of.
That we battled hard and only narrowly lost to a
Shaftesbury side on their home turf in a fixture that was essentially a dead
rubber is testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of our young athletes
to compete for the club. In the end the margin of Shaftesbury Barnet’s
victory was just a handful of points and in coming second we in any case
secured our objectives to win Southern Premiership title for the third
consecutive year and ensure our place in the National final.
For the junior men it was bittersweet but nonetheless
a hotly contested match which produced some exceptional performances.
Perhaps the stand out effort of the day was from Kelechi Aguocha who won the
U20 High Jump with a 2.06 jump – 6cm more than he’d ever jumped before and
well ahead of the field. The high jump was once again a fantastic event for
us with Harrison Thorne winning the U17 A string and Pedro Gleadall taking
the B string win. Elsewhere in the field, Pedro had to run over from the PV
competition for a single throw to take the A string javelin win. He then
resumed vaulting where he eventually managed 4.25 for 2nd on countback. The
other A string win came from Ben Hawkes in the U20 shot with a 14m effort,
he also took 2nd in the hammer. Also taking a good second place was Dele
Aladese who produced a 47m lifetime best in the discus.
Out on the track there were some equally impressive
performances. Getting the day of to a great start was Alex O’Callaghan-Brown
who took the U20 400 hurdles win in his first YDL match for the club. In the
same event English Schools winner Oscar Heaney Brufal notched up another
victory in the U17 race. Oscar was one of a handful of athletes involved in
four events during the day, absences due to holidays and injuries meant we
had to rely heavily on a smaller squad than usual. Ethan Brown secured the
U20 A string win in the 200m and we welcomed back from uni Camron Lyttle who
won the B string. In the 1500m Angus Harrington won the U20 A string with a
new PB and the steeplechase produced a hatful of points with Joss Barber
winning the A string and Lewis Mills the B string. Joss’s time of 6:01 was
just a couple of seconds outside the league record. That just left the
relays and the U20 sprint quartet of Camron, Chizute, Josh and Matt took a
good win and the U17 4x4 squad had a brilliant race, a superb final leg by
Ollie securing victory by just 8 hundredths in a new season’s best time.
Photos from Jay Galley
Photos from Rod Harrington