Southern Athletics League 31 May 15

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Following on from their success in their home match back in April, Bracknell Athletic Club, last Sunday, scored their first away win in the Southern Athletic League, since joining in 2013.  The combined Men and Ladies team. competing at Horsham won the Division 3S match by nearly thirty points.


Bracknell’s points tally was 233.5, Home side Horsham Bluestars were second with a score of 204 and Wimbledon came third with 198 points.  Team Kennett, who finished sixth in the League last year, came fourth with 182.5 and Aldershot were fifth scoring 108 points.


In the opening throws completion, Mark Wiseman won the Shot, with  a putt of 14.60 metres, his best, since joining Bracknell.  His “B” string partner, Robert Mungham, making his seasons debut, won his competition, with metres to spare.  This partnership then went on to further double success in the Hammer.  Mark then, with partner Jan Drzewiecki took maximum points in the closing event the Discus.  Mark’s throw of 50.76m beating his own club record, won the “A” string competition by a massive eighteen metres.  Jan’s throw, a mere one centre metre short of his seasons best, was an impressive eleven metres further than that of his competitors.  The Javelin was covered by Under 17’s Charlie Ashdown-Taylor and Sam Russell, who were both making their senior debuts.  Scoring  personal best throws, they added useful points to the Bracknell coffers.


This was Charlie’s second event of the day, earlier he had taken third  place in the “A” string High Jump.  Later with a new PB, he was to take second place in the “B” string Triple Jump.  His “A” string partner in the hop, skip and a jump was Luke Batup, another making his season‘s debut.  Adding to his previous best distance, Luke also took second place.  Earlier Luke had won the senior Long Jump, with yet another PB.  Sam Collins his “B” string partner, made it a double success and became the first Bracknell athlete, to win the Junior Long Jump since August 2013.  They became the first to achieve the double since June 2009.


At the beginning of the match, Luke with partner Sam Russell, had competed the gruelling 400m Hurdles.  Luke became the first to win the senior race since August 2013, Sam making his debut at the event, the first to win the Junior event since June 2012.  The partnership, recording the first double since June 2010.  


Sam Collins and partner Jake Hatfield beat all the field in the 100 and 200m sprints, winning all four races.  Indeed Bracknell Men were dominant in the sprints, as Ryan Brackstone and Calum Wesley, also took  first places in the two 400m races.


In the middle distance races, James Daly, with a personal best time, took second  place in the “A” string 800m, allowing his partner youth Harry Manning, making his club debut to take second place in the junior event.  The 1500m, was comfortably won by Juan Del Azar, who finished ten seconds clear of the next runner home.  Juan’s partner was Alex Mouradian who was the second runner home in the “B“ string.  Earlier in partnership with Paul Daly, Alex had run the 3000m.  Both competitors taking respective third places.  Alex recording his best time for two seasons..


In the Ladies sprints, Lauren Shaw took second place in the one gasp, 100m “A” string race.  Her partner Abigail Teekaram  winning the “B” string event.  Phoebe Fenwick, won the the senior 400m, a victory made more remarkable, when known that she had only arrived from a holiday in New York, that morning.  Phoebe Roberts nearly made a double success, but was sadly just beaten in the “B” string one lap dash.


Double success was achieved in the  two lap 800m races, Hannah McClay and Emily Read climbed the victory rostrum, as comfortable winners.  Elena Carey was a comfortable winner of the 1500m senior, finishing five seconds clear and in the 3k, Amelia Quirk and Hannah Barnard produced an exciting double victory..   


On the field, Abi Waters took a fine second place in the High Jump as did Emily Macdonald in the Pole Vault.  In the long Jump, Rhiannon Larsen improved on her position from the last match with a well deserved “A” third string place and in the Triple Amelia Quirk and Natasha Norris picked up some useful points.


In the throws, Georgia Hulbert won the senior Hammer, by a respectable six metres.  There was also nearly with the partnership of Kirstin King and Yasmin Bryan, a double success, in the Shot Putt.  But sadly Kirsten was beaten into second “A” string place by the smallest of margins, a mere ten centre metres.  


The last races of the day are the four relays.  Bracknell won three of them.  Sadly the quartet of Norriss, Teekaram, McClay and Shaw were beaten into second place in the Ladies 4 x 100m.  Whereas the squad of Roberts, Carey, McClay and Fenwick comfortably won the Ladies 4 x 400m, finishing five seconds clear.


The male quartet of Wesley, Hatfield, Gideon Olosunde and Collins beat Wimbledon into second place,  by nearly two seconds in the 4 x 100m.  Then in the 4 x 400m, the squad of Conor Breslin, Matteo Armezzani, Brackstone and Wesley recorded a seasons best time, finishing four seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.