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The Stevenage and North Herts Young Athletes had an away match at their own base. Herts Phoenix AC, based at Ware, used the Ridlins Stadium to host the match, due to the lack of a hammer cage at their home venue. In the seven-team match, Bedford and Cou

The Stevenage and North Herts Young Athletes had an 'away match' at their own base.

Herts Phoenix AC, based at Ware, used the Ridlins Stadium to host the match, due to the lack of a hammer cage at their home venue.

In the seven-team match, Bedford and County won with 660.5 points, followed by Stevenage with 639 and Herts Phoenix with 615.5.

The under-17 girls' team scored heavily, with first places from Anne Rees (high jump B, pole vault B and javelin B), Frances Gross (shot B and hammer A), Moe Sasegbon (high jump A), Ashleigh Clarke (long jump B), and Jess Barber (discus B).


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The under-17 boys also scored eight firsts with wins from Lewis Keeble (100m A and 200m A), Luke Hennessey (200m B and long jump A), Jack White (shot A and javelin A), Tan Chowdhury (100m A) and Danny Phillips (javelin B).

First places were harder to come by in the other age groups - Monica Hamilton (100m B), Tilly Farman (pole vault A), Alex Gates (long jump A), and Sophie Goddard ( hammer A) winning in the under-15 girls.

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Under-13 girl wins were a double for Shannon Rapacchi (high jump B and discus A) and one win for Elena Cervi (200m A).

Another double winner came in the under-15 boys with Billy Vernon-Hamilton (discus B and javelin B), while Daniel Gardner won the long jump A.

Sole winner in the under-13 boys was Vishal Saroye in the high jump B.

Athletes gaining second places and contributing to the overall success of the team were:

Under-13 boys: Aaron Smith (two), Matthew Mardle (two) and Roy Pugh. Under-15 boys: Josh Swain, Jequaine Harsham-Lindsey, Daniel Gardner, Jake Exton (two), and Gosh Saroye. Under-17 boys: Luke Langley and 4x100m relay team.

Under-13 girls: Sarah Meadows (two), Sophie Keeble, and 4x100m relay team. Under-15 girls: Alex Gates (two), Hannah Dewhurst, Janet Browne, Sophie Goddard (two), and Renee Hector. Under-17 girls: Moe Sasegbon (two), Ashleigh Clarke, Charley Nightingale (two), Chloe Vernon-Hamilton, Frances Gross and Jess Barber.

Saturday saw teams of men and women at Copthall Stadium, Hendon, to take part in the British Athletic League Cup Competition.

The format has 10 events and a medley relay in both the women's and men's matches, mixing up the teams entering, whether they are the top teams or the regional league teams.

In the men's match, Stevenage and North Herts finished fourth behind Shaftesbury/Barnet Harriers (BAL team), Enfield and Haringay (BAL team) and Tonbridge (SML Division One), beating Herne Hill Harriers, Harrow AC, Herts Phoenix AC, and Highgate Harriers.

Leading performance came from Neil McLellan, who won the javelin, backed up by second places from Tonderai Tomu (200m), Dan Poulton (1500m) and the medley relay team of Cameron Webb, Sam and Dan Poulton, and Tonderai Tomu.

Competing against the seniors, pole vaulter Connor Winters flew to a new personal best of 3.20m in fourth place.

The other team members were Elior Harris, Callum McKechnie and Mick Shortland.

The women's team finished one place higher, third, behind Shaftesbury/Barnet Harriers and Herne Hill Harriers, and beat Enfield and Haringey, Herts Phoenix and Highgate Harriers.

The team celebrated two winners, Louise Shortland in the pole vault, and Loren Scanes with a personal best of 34.05m in the hammer.

Moe Sasegbon was second in the 100m hurdles as was Helene McLellan in the javelin.

The other team members were Bunmi Awokoya, Chloe Vernon-Hamilton, Nikki Andrews, Emma Kemp, and Anne Rees.

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