There was a tremendous victory for the Sussex U17 team at the South East Inter-county match at Lee Valley on Sunday.
Although there were several absentees on the day the team got behind team manager Lee Fulham and filled in most place with the Men coming out on top in their group and the Women placing fourth but overall Sussex scored 673 points, thirty points clear of Kent with Hampshire on 600 points with Essex on 576.5 points and Herts, Surrey, Bucks and Middlesex trailed away.
I cannot recall Sussex ever winning this match before.
It was hard work by the team that won the day with just three individual “A” winners but many minor placings that built up their total.
George Pool was a run-a-way winner of the 3,000m in 9:02.43s finishing nine seconds clear of his nearest rival while Ben Okeniyi was an impressive winner of the 400m hurdles in 57.87s with Pyers Lockwood winning the “B” race in 58.17s and Louis Goffin leapt 13.28m, to equal his Pb, to win the Triple jump.
The Sussex men’s 4 x 400m relay team also proved victorious’
Moyo Sargent stepped down from his usual 400 metres, and was squeezed into a close second place in the 200m in 22.60s. and the 800 metres produced two second places with Liam Dunne chopping more than a second off his Pb to take second place in the “A” race in l:58.0s and Matthew Grindrod clocking 2:00.02s for second place in the “B” race while Sam Illsley reached out to 59.27s for his second place in the Hammer throw.
There were not any winners in the Women’s events but Alicia Borrill clocked a Pb of 12.53s for second place in the 100m and Abigail Packham also clocked a Pb of 11.35s for second place in the 80m hurdles and she also leapt 5.10m for third place in the long jump.
There was also a Pb in the 300m hurdles where Poppy Oliver clocked 43.71s for her second place and another second place came in the Pole vault where Ivy Spencer cleared 2.90m.
There was a fine bonus second place in the 4 x 300m relay where the Sussex squad clocked 2:53.15s to complete a fine day for the Sussex youngsters.