Athletics: Girl power keeps Southampton sitting pretty in league

Daily Echo: Athletics: Girl power keeps Southampton sitting pretty in league Athletics: Girl power keeps Southampton sitting pretty in league

SOUTHAMPTON Athletics Club consolidated third place in the UK Youth Development League South with a great finish to the latest round, held in Bromley.

Fifth in the standings late into the competition, Southampton finished strongly with victories in the under-13 boys and under-13 girls javelin to move up into fourth overall on the day.

The club’s under-13 girls again performed superbly, Lucy-Jane Matthews and Ettie Hammond achieving victories in the A and B string hurdles respectively – the former equalling her pb.

Matthews followed up with second place in the A string high jump. In the sprint races, Hannah Childs and Grace Griffiths came fourth and fifth in the A and B string 75m races. The sprinting duo both ran the 150m being placed fourth and second respectively in the A and B string races.

In the long jump, the club’s A and B string jumpers – Matthews and Hammond – jumped well, with the former producing a superb Grade 1 pb jump and Hammond a Grade 4 jump to come third in the A string and first in the B string competition.

In the shot put, Samantha Callaway (A string) and Griffiths (B string) came third.

Back out on the track, 800m runners Richardson and Ciara Blount performed well, Richardson coming fourth in the A string and Blount third in the B event. Poppy Wright ran a well-paced race for the A string coming fourth in the 1,200m, while Elizabeth Adamson was just outside her pb in coming third in the B string.

Maximum points came in the javelin, Callaway and Wright winning the A and B string events. The relay team – Laura Jones, Matthews, Childs and Griffiths – produced a huge pb for fourth place as Southampton finished second overall in the under-13 age group.

The under-15 girls, missing key members through illness and injury, finished fourth overall.

Squad: Isabelle Bennett, Jade Clements, Freya Coe, Hannah Griffiths, Ellie Hodgson, Molly Jeneway, Grace Kelly, Georgia O’Dell, Holly Powell, Grace Reavey, Ariela Richardson, Amaya Scott and Abigail Voller.

The under-13 boys again impressed, Callum Gregson setting a new pb in the high jump with 1.43m and Ben Vaughan setting a new best in the long jump with 4.49m. Johsua Wise went one better in the shot with a new club record of 9.45m.

Under-15 team: Ben Uofold, Joshua Nash, Reiss Jarvis, Arm Harawan, George Rosam, Jack Higgins, Daniel Hoiles, Kieran Apps, Sam Bridges, Sam Gray and Max Satterly.

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