Duo star for East
TWO local teenagers competed in the UK School Games multi-sport event at Glasgow. Ryan Parker and Bunmi Awokoya were representing the East against the other eight English regions, plus Wales, Scotland and North Ireland. The Games are intended to give pote
TWO local teenagers competed in the UK School Games multi-sport event at Glasgow.
Ryan Parker and Bunmi Awokoya were representing the East against the other eight English regions, plus Wales, Scotland and North Ireland.
The Games are intended to give potential top-level young sports stars a flavour of a major event, leading up to London 2012 and beyond.
Clifton schoolboy Parker was third in his 3000m event, just behind the usual two of winner Simon Horsfield and Abdi Ahmed, in 8:40.38.
Fifteen-year-old Awokoya, the Stevenage and North Herts athlete, finished in fifth place in her 100m event clocking 12.60.
She then ran a leg in the 4x100m relay in which the East finished equal second.
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While Awokoya was in Scotland, her team-mates travelled across Herts to Watford for the plate final of the Eastern Young Athletes League.
Disappointed not to make the top six final as in the past couple of years, they fought hard to get as many points as possible during the five-hour programme.
They were runners-up, just one and a half points behind Milton Keynes.
The other clubs were Southend, Cambridge and Coleridge, St Albans and Watford Harriers.
The under-13 boys' team won their match with wins for Josh Wheeler-Swain (200m A 26.81), Paul Spicer (high jump A 1.41m), Daniel Gardner (long jump A 4.45m), Billy Vernon-Hamilton (shot B 7.21m) and the 4x100m relay.
Jack Gates picked up two second places (high jump B 1.25m and long jump B 3.97m) with more second places from Benjamin David (100m A 13.42), Peter De'Ath (100m B 14.6), Paul Spicer (800m B 2:39.01), Vernon-Hamilton (discus A 18.29m) and Ed van der Berg (discus B 16.02).
The under-15 boys' team also won their match with three first places from multi-event star Nick Stoppard (400m B 57.49, 100m hurdles A 12.21 and long jump A 5.51m), two firsts from Sam Pollard (long jump B 4.60m and shot B 9.45m) and a first for Lewis Keeble (800m A 2:21.08).
Glenn Turner collected two second places (100m A 12.30 and 400m 56.13) and Warren Herridge was also second in the B 800m (2:40.80), as was the 4x100m relay team.
The under-17 boys' team finished third in their match, finding themselves short on some field eventers.
Two first places went to Cameron Webb (100m A 11.77 and 200m A 23,10) and Josh Saydraouten (400m A 52.71 and 100m hurdles B 16.24).
David Paar was first in his speciality 100m hurdles (14.39) and Aaron Reynolds continued his improving performances in the 400m B, winning in 54.54.
Good teamwork in the under-13 girls' match gave them third with Temi Fajobi winning her B string long jump with 3.80m.
Alex Gates and Monica Hamilton picked up second places in their A (14.41) and B 100m (14.24) races, as did Sarah Pike (B 1500m 6:00.04) and Kayleigh Clarke (B 70m hurdles 14.71).
The under-15 girls went one place better, finishing equal second.
Wins came from Julia White (300m B 48.4), Louise O'Connell (800m B 2:39.07) and Chloe Vernon-Hamilton (high jump B 1.45m) as well as in the 4x100m relay.
Vernon-Hamilton also posted two second places (300m A 45.88 and 800m A 2:35.22) and Ashleigh Clarke took second spot in the 100m A (14.06).
The under-17 girls - not a full team - managed to get fourth place.
Jo Mansell and Helen Bailey won both the 800m races (2:18.72 and 2:45.07).
Bailey was second in the B 1500m as was Mansell in the A triple jump (9.45m).
Francesca Witney (1500m A 5:29.53) and Lucy Nolan (300m B 47.8) also finished second in their events.
This brings the summer track and field league season to an end, although some combined events meets and open meetings are still on the fixture list.
The full club ranking lists can be found via the results page on their website www.snhac.org.uk
The next club event is the Herts county road relay championships for these same age groups, being held at Hayes in Middlesex, this Saturday.