UK Youth Development League Under-13 & Under-15 Age Groups, Leamington, Saturday 18 May 2019

The second meeting of the YDL Lower Age Group season took place in Leamington Spa on Saturday. Long traffic delays in the morning caused some late arrivals to the venue, but Tamworth AC’s youngsters were unfazed.

For the Under-15 Boys, Charlie Lasseter clocked 12.9secs in the 100 metres and William Fleming ran 27.5secs in the 200 metres. James Measham switched from his usual 1,500 metres to run an impressive 800 metres A-race; finishing in 2nd place with a time of 2:16. Aedan Mason won the B-race with another great time of 2:24. Double wins followed in the 1,500 metres, with James Stretton taking the A-race in 4:44.6 and Luca Bradley winning the B-race with 4:48.7.

In the Long Jump, William Fleming took 4th place with a jump of 4.29 metres and Camron Harrison cleared another 3.00 metres to win the Pole Vault. Camron also won the Hammer event with a throw of 20.08 metres. In the Shot Put, James Stretton threw 5.20 metres for 3rd place in the A-event, and Aedan Mason took 2nd place in the B-event with 4.43 metres.

Arantxa Middleton showed her fine form once again for the Under-15 Girls; winning the 100 metres and 200 metres with times of 13.4 and 27.1secs respectively. Elizabeth Felton took 2nd place in the 100 metres B-race with 15.4secs and ran 32.3secs in the 200 metres. Emma Pulcella also ran 14.2secs as a non-scoring athlete in the 100 metres. More impressive wins for Lottie McLaren came in the 300 metres with 44.7secs and the 800 metres with a time of 2:26. In the B-races, Francesca Wattis won the 300 metres with a time of 47.0secs and Libbie Price took the 800 metres win with 2:41. Phoebe O’Connor took 2nd place in the 1,500 metres with a time of 5:21.3 and Tegan Vickery clocked 5:35.1 in the B-race. Elizabeth Felton finished the 75 metre Hurdles with a time of 15.1.

Over in the field, Ruby Coldwell cleared 1.20 metres in the High Jump and stretched her Pole Vault personal best to 2.80 metres with a win in the A-event. Charley O’Neill vaulted 2.70 metres to win the B-event. More from Ruby Coldwell in the Shot Put with a throw of 7.31 metres for 3rd place, accompanied by Tegan Vickery in the B-event with 4.43 metres. In the Javelin, Ruby Spencer threw 26.41 metres for 2nd place.

Over to the Under-13 Boys and Jacob Williams took 3rd place in the 100 metres A-race with a time of 15.2secs. William Newman clocked 18.6secs in the B-race. The pair then went on to the race the 200 metres, with Jacob clocking 15.2secs and William finishing on 18.6secs. In the 800 metres, Joseph Gorst finished in 3rd place with a time of 2:48 and Jesse Bradley ran 5:18.1 in the 1,500 metres.

The Long Jump saw Jacob Williams and William Newman pairing up again with jumps of 3.58 and 2.63 metres respectively.

For the Under-13 Girls, Aliya Bibi clocked 12.1secs in the 75 metres, with Layla Burgess crossing the line on 12.8secs. Layla then ran in the 150 metres, finishing with a time of 25.3secs. Charlotte Evans came in with 26.3secs in the B-race. Annie Boonham followed the example of Lottie McLaren, leading the 800 metres from start to finish and winning comfortably with a time of 2:42. In the 1,200 metres, Jessica Salt took 2nd place with a time of 4:25.7. Aliya Bibi clocked 15.2secs in the 70 metres hurdles.

On the field, Annie Boonham jumped 3.68 metres to claim 4th place in the Long Jump A-event. Charlotte Evans jumped 3.00 metres for the first time; beating her personal best by 15cm and taking 3rd place in the B-event. In the Shot Put, Annie Boonham and Layla Burgess threw 4.64 and 3.85 metres respectively. Charlotte Evans made her first competitive throws with the Javelin, claiming 3rd place with 8.07 metres.

In the relays, the Under-15 Boys team of Aedan Mason, James Stretton, Luca Bradley and James Measham took 2nd place in the 4 x 300 metres with a combined time of 3:00.6.

The Under-15 Girls scored an impressive double win; first in the 4 x 100 metres with Emma Pulcella, Francesca Wattis Charley O’Neill, and Arantxa Middleton clocking 54.5secs. Lottie McLaren, Francesca Wattis, Emma Pulcella and Arantxa Middleton then went on to win the 4 x 300 metres with a time of 3:02.9.

In the Under-13s 4 x 100 metre relays, the Boys team of Joseph Gorst, Jesse Bradley, William Newman and Jacob Williams clocked 64.9. The Girls then followed with a time of 62.4 for Layla Burgess, Jessica Salt, Aliya Bibi and Annie Boonham.

After two matches, the Tamworth AC team sits in 4th place in the Midland North/East 1D division. Cannock & Stafford AC currently leads the way, closely followed by Telford AC.

Team Manager, Hayley McLaren said “The team was a little short on numbers this time, but every one of our athletes did a sterling job and earned us some fantastic results. Well done to all the new faces in the team who all made their mark on the competition and a big thank you to all the helpers on the day for stepping up when we needed them. Special thanks again to Rob James, Dom and Deanna Middleton for keeping things running smoothly on the day. We’re all really looking forward to the next meeting at our home stadium.”

The third match of the YDL Lower will be on Sunday 23rd at the Tamworth Athletics Stadium. The Under-15 and Under-20 teams will be in YDL Upper action in their second match on Sunday 26th May at Burton.

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