Southern Athletics League Match One - Andover

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Promoted last year from Division Three, Bracknell Athletic Club made a great start to the season, last Saturday, in Division Two West, of the Southern Athletic League. Competing at Andover, the combined Men and Ladies team set a new sort of record, by declaring a full team, bar for one event. The Ladies being unable to fill the “B” string 400m Hurdles slot. This is the first time the Men have fielded a complete team, since August 2008.

Bracknell won the match scoring 225.5 points, Kingston came second with a point tally of 193. Newbury the Host Team, only half a point behind, were third with 192.5 and Havant finished fourth with 104. The result means that Bracknell have already gained revenge on Kingston and Havant. Who both beat them into second place last year

In the throws, Mark Wiseman fresh from his success in the World Masters Championships last year, won the Discus and took second place in the Shot.  Team Captain Jan Drzewiecki, took a deserved second place in the junior Hammer. Nathan Standing making his debut for the side, took second place in the Javelin. As did his “B” string partner, Sam Russell, who added a metre to his previous best throw. Perhaps all these results were eclipsed however,by the exploits of Under 17, Charlie Ashdown-Taylor, in the “B” string Shot Putt.  With the 7.26kg shot, over two kilos heavier than his age group weight, Charlie putt 10.93m, to take second “B” string place. This was Charlie’s first completion with the senior weight and the result must place him highly in U17 rankings.

Carrying on from the final match of last season, Ben Russell and Peter Marlow, again gained maximum points in the High Jump. Shot Putter Charlie gained a new PB in the Pole Vault, where he took third “A” string place. Ben taking second place in the “B” string event. The horizontal jumps, were covered by Robbie Wilde and Luke Batup. Robbie achieved a new personal best distance in the Triple Jump, taking second “A” string place. Whereas Luke won the junior Long Jump.

On the track, new boy U17 Moses Tonade, gained a new best time, winning the “B” string 100m. Conor Breslin and U17 Harry Digby (making his league debut) shared the winning honours in the 400m races.  As did Harry Henson and Luke Batup in the 400m Hurdles. Harry H gaining a new personal best time, that allows him to enter the Nationals.

The 1500m races were covered by Youths Maxwell Cooper and Aaron Enser, both of whom, were making their league debuts. Maxwell took a fine second place in the senior race and Aaron in a new PB time, won the junior metric mile. Middle distance runner Richard Larsen, in his first outing at the distance, took second place in the 5K, allowing his partner Alex Mouradian to win the “B” string.

Ben Russell and Luke Batup, both made event debuts in the senior 110m Hurdles races, gaining well deserved second places.  Ben Wills, another U17 making his league debut and Sam Russell took on the 2K Steeple Chase.  Both novices at the event, they did considerably well. Ben was a clear winner of the “A” string race and Sam came second in the “B” string.

Moving onto the Ladies, Lauren Shaw and Phoebe Fenwick took maximum points in the 100m.  Then Phoebe with Rebecca Watkins achieved the double in the 200m races. A third double was almost achieved in the One Lap dash. Connie McCafferty won the junior 400m but sadly Hannah McClay was just beaten in the senior race.

Ella D’Abreo took second place in the junior 800m. As did Emily Jones in the metric mile. In the 3000m, Hannah Barnard and Sophie Poole shared second place honours. Whereas in the 100m Hurdles Natalie Mulliner and Amy Bowers took bronze medal places. Elena Carey took second place in the senior 2K Steeple Chase, allowing Hannah Barnard to win the junior race.

In the jumps, Abi Waters took second place in the High Jump and team mate Hannah McClay, won the “B” string. Emily MacDonald won the Pole Vault and Connie McCafferty came second in the “B” string. Rhiannon Larsen and Elena Carey took third places in the Long Jump and Triple Jump respectively.

In the “A” string Shot, Yasmin Bryan took second place, allowing her partner Kirstin King to win the “B” string. Ivana Koynarova and Lindsay Badman added some useful points to the Bracknell coffers, in the Hammer and Javelin.

The last races of the day are the relays.  The Ladies won both. Rebecca Watkins, Lauren Shaw, Hannah McClay and Phoebe Fenwick, finished over five seconds clear of their nearest rivals in the 4 x 100m.  Then Lucy Rogers, Emily Spencer-Jones, Emily Read and Hannah McClay, were comfortable winners of the 4 x 400m relay.

The male quartet of Wilde, Calum Wesley, Batup and Tonade were sadly beaten on the line into second place, in the 4 x 100m sprint relay. Whereas in the 4 x 400m, the squad of Breslin, Henson, Ryan Brackstone and Wesley, recorded Bracknell’s fastest winning time, since June 2008.

GRAHAM HAY

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