Athletes show off their talents

Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club had a busy weekend of fixtures. A number of athletes represented Herts at an inter-counties match at Crawley and also the South of England in an under-23s inter-territorial match at Derby. And the club was also con

Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club had a busy weekend of fixtures.

A number of athletes represented Herts at an inter-counties match at Crawley and also the South of England in an under-23s inter-territorial match at Derby.

And the club was also contesting the penultimate Southern Women's League meeting of the season at the Banister Stadium in Harrow.

Emma Kemp won the 400m in a personal best time of 54.86 at the under-23 inter-territorial match at Derby.

Hayley Beard also won the 1500m in a time of 4:33.64 and Louise Shortland was second in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.10m.

On Sunday, four club members represented Hertfordshire in a senior inter-counties match at the K2 stadium at Crawley.

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Nikki Andrews won the B pole vault with a clearance of 2.20m and Sandra Reed won the B 400m hurdles in 72.92.

Jasmine Forde recorded season's best times in the 400m (62.95) and 800m (2:25.83), while Joylyn Saunders-Mullins threw 25.36m in the javelin.

With athletes missing due to the under-23s match, the women's team finished third in the league meeting with 162 points.

In the under-15 age group, Ashleigh Clarke and Jessica Bishton won both 75m hurdles races in 13.0 and 14.1 respectively.

Chloe Vernon-Hamilton was second in the 1500m A race in 5:28.7, and Amy Pring won the B race in 5:35.7.

Frances Gross threw 24.58m to win the discus, and Hollie Crease second in the B javelin (11.91m) with Siobhan Hawkridge third A with 12.71m.

Others competing in this age group were Anne Pritchard 100m (14.8), Natalie Wilcox 200m (31.1), Julia White long jump (3.34m), and Louise O'Connell 800m (2:41.4).

In the senior women's events, Bunmi Awokoya won the 100m and 200m in 12.5 and 26.4.

She also won the B 80m hurdles in 13.2 backing up Justine Simpson who won the A string in 12.8. Justine was also first in the 300m hurdles in 50.9.

Making it a sister act, Nadine Simpson make a welcome return to the team winning the high jump with a clearance of 1.65m.

Wendy Meadows-Smith was first in the B event clearing 1.55m, and she also recorded a distance of 9.86m to win the triple jump.

The club gained maximum points in both pole vault contests, Beth Harris and Nikki Andrews both clearing 2.40m.

Helene McLellan and Rachel Williams won both javelin events with 32.32m and 28.77m, and Shelley McLellan was nudged into second in the shot with a distance of 11.71m. And Helene secured first in the B shot with 9.74m.

Others competing were Joanne Mansell 400m (61.9), Joylyn Saunders-Mullins 800m (2:39.4), Rebecca Newstead 3000m (12:22.5), Tilly Scheubar (12:59.8), Sandra Reed 100m hurdles (19.1) and Jeanette Pybus (19.12m).

Earlier this month, the men's team finished just five points behind hosts Harrow in their fifth league meeting of the season.

Laurie Pirie won the high jump with a clearance of 1.90m, as well as the triple jump with a distance of 12.51m.

Lee Grint won the B triple with 10.79m and Mick Shortland threw 23.96m to win the B hammer.

Neil McLellan yet again improved the league record in the javelin with a massive throw of 71.36m to win. He also won the shot with 12.80m.

Others competing were Sam Poulton 100m (12.2), Don Macauley 200m (23.6), Dan Poulton 400m (54.2), Josh McKechnie 800m (2:06.8), Callum McKechnie 1500m (4:56.3) and Adam Searle 3000m steeplechase (13:02.6).

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