Cold weather and absent athletes preparing for GCSEs and A-Levels, impacted on all results across the YDL fixtures on Sunday. However, there were still some impressive performances by Sussex athletes and a pair of second places in their respective divisions for Brighton & Hove AC and Team Sussex.
In the South Premier fixture at Reading, Shaftesbury & Barnet Harriers dominated with one of the highest scores of the day – 811 points – ahead of Blackheath and Bromley’s 748. Crawley AC was fifth in this match with 473.5.
Worthing’s Under-20, Ben Hawkes, competing higher claim for Blackheath and Bromley, achieved his second longest ever Hammer throw of 70.05m for the win and repeated the position to take the Shot in a PB of 15.82m.
Despite the overall result, there were several individual wins, personal bests and strong outdoor openers for Crawley athletes. Morgan Hayward equalled his PB of 13.88m in the Under-20 Men’s Triple Jump and Adeline Preston achieved a PB of 11.11m in the Under-20 Women’s event. Jessica Lambert broke 62 seconds for the first time in second place running 61.77 seconds in the 400m Hurdles. An ever-consistent Natasha Purchas pole vaulted 3.60m for the win.
In the under-17 age group Ivo Pitts launched his javelin out to 55.68m. Millie Noyce won the shot put with 11.92m shot put and Chloe Lipscomb threw the Hammer out to 43.03m
In their South 1a fixture at Harrow, Brighton & Hove held off Hillingdon by just five points to secure second place behind the home club who score 605 points to B&H’s 483.
Highlights included a 6.35m Long Jump from Arthur Haines, a 10.95m Triple Jump by Kelsey Sutherland, Lizzie Korczak’s javelin victory with 44.88m and a 43.83m Hammer throw for Freya Brennand, who like Hawkes is a Worthing athlete.
Team Sussex and Horsham Blue Star were competing at Gillingham in the South 2c fixture. Team Sussex, a composite made up from East Grinstead AC, Eastbourne Rovers, Haywards Heath Harriers and Lewes AC, came second with 418 points to Medway’s 728.5. HBS was fifth with 254.
Highlights here included Aaron Duncan’s 2:00.71 800m and Cameron Wells and Dan Dearden both clearing 3.60m in the Pole Vault.
Chichester runners were away at Walton in the Division 2b fixture. They were sixth with 258 points, behind winners Portsmouth & Winchester, a composite team who scored 650.
View the full team results HERE.
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