Tue 22nd May 2018
Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth
The annual Hampshire Track & Field Championships took place over two days at the Mountbatten Centre track in Portsmouth. Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) athletes participated in large numbers.
The weather for the first day of action started off dry but deteriorated with rain later making the conditions difficult. Kanya Mtshweni cruised to victory to a win in his heat of the Under 20 men 200m and moved up a gear in the final for victory on a time of 22.46.
In the Under 13 boys category Finley Wrey-Brown had an excellent day throwing the Javelin 33.08m which was good enough for a silver medal, Finley also ran the 200m reaching the final after being 2nd in his heat. He ran 28.96 in the final for 7th position. Alexander Beck ran 29.81 in the semi final. In the U13B Long Jump Oscar Webb jumped a Personal Best of 4.40m for 4th place just out of the medals. Sam Mballa had a good Long Jump competition in 7th with 4.15m.
Beth Thorpe had a fantastic day in the Under 13 girls section, hurdling smoothly Beth won her heat of the 70m hurdles. In the final Beth produced a PB of 11.78 to win the county title and pick up a gold medal. Beth earlier had reached the 100m final with some fine sprinting for 5th place. WADAC had further interest in the 70m hurdles with Alice Eyssens 5th and Emma Shedden 7th.
Jess Marinus is an athlete improving all the time and she proved this with two splendid performances by winning a U13G silver medal in the shot with 6.85m and third place in the Javelin with a PB throw of 22.85m. Amy Porter high jumped well to achieve 1.20m for equal 4th place.
In the Under 15 girls 100m Lucy Spurrier qualified from the Semi Final and ran really well for 6th in the final in 13.45. The U15G 15oom brought some fine runs in the heats with four WADAC girls reaching the final. The best placed athlete was Hannah Foster in 4th position in 5.05.7, with team-mates Rose Chesterfield 6th Amelia Moore 7th and Lily Neate 11th. In the 75m hurdles both Emily Smith and Emily Weeks made the final in which they finished 7th 7 8th respectively.. Emily Smith also jumped 1.45m for 4th in the High Jump.
Iwan Wrey-Brown ran well in his heat of the Under 15 boys 100m to qualify for the final and improved his time to 25.53 to place a fine 4th place. Doug Scally front ran the 80om final and dominated to win gold in a brilliant time of 2.05.8. James Medley achieved a podium spot with first class run in the U15B 3000m in a time of 9.52.5. In the Long Jump Ruben Burrows was best placed for WADAC in 5th with a leap of 4.66m.
Jumping in the Under 17 mens Long Jump Ben Thomas was 4th with 5.82m and is improving all the time. Alex Miles threw a decent distance of 36.88m in the U17M Javelin placing 5th in a very good competition.
Amy Dawes looked strong in her heat of the Under 17 womens 300m and qualified easily and ran even better in the final reaching the podium in 3rd position in a PB of 43.53m Ellie Livingstone also gained a bronze medal in the 80m hurdles in a rapid time of 12.3. Isabella Beck ran the 1500m aggressively and was rewarded with a PB of 4.50.6 , Aisling Dunne was 7th in the final. Serena Charles was 4th in the U17W Shot with a throw of 9.92m.
Grace Mann won the Under 20 womens 1500m race in a time of 5.05.4 and Natasha Miles produced a really god run in the U20W 400m finishing 5th in 61.44.
Sunday at the track brought sunshine and a slight breeze and thankfully no rain.
In the Senior Mens division Dominic Ringrose-Voase took Silver in the 400m with a time of 50.24.
In the Under 20 Mens Kanya Mtshweni made it look easy recording a fantastic 14.48 in the 110m Hurdles.
In the Under 17 mens the 400m final saw Andrew Stansfield narrowly missing a podium place in 4th position. In the 100m Hurdles the super quick Charlie Brown took Gold in a time of 14.38.
Clearly Southampton were on fine form taking all three medal positions in the Shot.
There were two Golds for the Under 15 WADAC boys with Montel Gondwe continuing to dominate in the 100m final with a time of 11.76. Douglas Scally also took top place on the podium in the 1500m with a PB. James Medley in 6th.
In the High jump Ruben Burrows showed that hard work and perseverance pay off with a PB and Bronze medal in the High Jump 1.55.
The Under 13 boys saw more medal positions. In the 1500m James Lewis took Gold with a new PB followed closely by Michael Singleton-Smith in 4th and Ben Chesterfield in 5th.
Oscar Webb had a PB in the Hurdles 13.51 and Silver medal. His highlight of the weekend was Championship Best and Gold in the High Jump with PB of 1.52.
Finlay Wrey Brown also gained a Silver in the Shot throwing a fantastic 8.15 with Jack Pasche in 4th and Max Carlisle in 5th. Both boys threw over 6 mts.
In the Senior Womens Heather Mballa had a great day with Bronze in the Discus and Silver in the Javelin. Sally Serridge was only a couple of metres behind in the Javelin and took Bronze.
The Under 17 women saw Amy Davies make it through the 200m qualifiers to the final where she came 5th.
In the 800m Tallulah Jefes and Isabella Beck both found places on the podium. Tallulah with Silver and Isabella Bronze.
In the 300m Ailing Dunne only just missed out on a podium place coming 4th.
In the 300m hurdles the WADAC girls dominated. Madelaine Turner had a great day with a PB of 45.04 putting her 7th on Power of Ten and first place on the podium. Ellie Livingstone joined her there running a great race resulting in Bronze.
In the Under 15 girls Rose Chesterfield battled through a huge field in the 800m to gain Bronze.
Ozzie Nesbitt soared over 4mts to take 7th in the long jump.
In the javelin Olivia Busher threw a fantastic 31.26 to take Silver and Emma Shedden battled through the heats to take a place in the final of the 200m coming 6th.
In the Under 13 girls Emma Shedden made it through to the 200m finals to come 6th. She also achieved 6th position in the long jump 4.09.
All in all a fantastic weekend for WADAC athletes, coaches and supporters alike.