Southern winners

Seven sprinters and field eventers from Stevenage and North Herts AC were successful in the South of England Championships. They brought home five medals in total from the indoor track and field championships at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton

Seven sprinters and field eventers from Stevenage and North Herts AC were successful in the South of England Championships.

They brought home five medals in total from the indoor track and field championships at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton.

There is a new 'star' athlete in Tonderai Tomu (pictured left), a new member studying at The John Henry Newman School.

He produced a series of three high- class 400m runs in his under-20 men age group, culminating in winning the gold medal in the final with a splendid time of 49.94.


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Once again the club's high jumpers and pole vaulters, coached by Norma and Beth Harris, performed well and collected three silver medals.

Another new member, under-17 woman Moe Sasegbon (shown below left), cleared 1.55m for her equal second place.

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Connor Winters took second in the under-15 boys' pole vault with 2.30m, and Anne Rees cleared a personal best of 2.80m in the under-15 girls' pole vault. Anne also took fourth place with 1.55m in the high jump event.

Under-17 woman Bunmi Awokoya had a busy weekend with six races on Saturday and three more on Sunday.

She won her silver medal in the 60m hurdles with 7.96 (7.92 in her semi-final), and was fifth in both the 60m and 200m finals (best times of 7.92 and 26.54).

Under-17 man Glenn Turner, racing on the circular track for the first time, ran his 400m heat in 56.26, progressing to the semis where he clocked 56.56.

Cameron Webb had mixed fortunes over the weekend, clocking 7.41 in both his heat and semi-final of the 60m. He was not so successful in the 200m as he ran on the line in his first banked track race.

* Stotfold youngster Samantha Cutler also competed in the South of England Championships.

Sam who had never competed indoors before, ran in the under-17 women's 1500m event and finished a close second to take the silver medal.

This was her first race as an under-17, although she is still running the cross-country season as an under-15 but has to move up an age level for the track season.

Sam, who is looking forward to the start of the outdoor season in April, is running at Holkham Hall in Norfolk this Saturday in the South of England Cross-Country Championships for her club Bedford and County AC.

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