Mon 7th May 2018


WADAC finish 3rd in team event

YDL Match Crawley

The first lower Youth Development League (YDL) Track & Field match for Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) took place at the impressive K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley Sussex. The Lower age group reference is for Under 13 and under 15 boys and girls categories.

WADAC were up against teams from Horsham; Guildford & Godalming: Kingston Poly : Chichester AC and composite Team Dorset. WADAC did well and finished a commendable 3rd team position overall.

There was an excellent exhibition of sprinting in the under 15 boys section, Montel Gondwe in only his 2nd competition for WADAC sprinted with great style winning both the 100m A in 11.7 (AAA Grade 1 standard) and 200m A in 24.4. He was ably assisted by Iwan Wrey Brown who ran 12.6 to win. Iwan later ran in the 300m managing 4th A in 45.0. In the 300m B race Felix Sinker showed great promise running 44.2 for 2nd position. Sam Roberts ran intelligently in the 800m A race and was rewarded with a good time of 2.15.6 for 2ND, in the B race Luc Pearce ran 2.23.3 for 3rd. Sam threw the shot 8.02m for 3rd A and Luc added points in the Long Jump 5th 4.53m. In the U15B field there were steady performances in the High Jump for Ruben Burrows 1.50m 3rd A and Arthur Chambers 3rd B 1.35m, Ruben also competed in the 200m B race. Connor Dutton with a throw of 7.06m was 3rd in the B string. The team of Montel Gondwe , Felix Sinker, Connor Dutton and Luc Pearce were 3rd in the 4x300m relay in 3.10.3. Other U15B points contributors were Oliver Carr, Ren Foley and Ben Schofield.

In the Under 13 girls section there was a splendid double achieved in the Javelin event with Jess Marinus winning the competition with a personal best throw of 17.50m for a AAA grade 4 standard. The B Javelin was won by Martha Harris with a throw of 16.46m (AAA G4).Jess also achieved a PB in the shot for a fine 2nd place with 6.92m only one centimetre behind the winner.. There was also a double WADAC win in the U13G 70m hurdles with Beth Thorpe winning the A race in 12.1 and Emma Shedden the B race in 12.5.  Emma had a busy day as she also ran the 1200m and was 4th A in a PB of 4.20.4 and competed at the Long Jump 4th A 3.93m. Jasmine Jones backed up Emma in the 1200m and ran a PB of 4.23.8 for 2nd B. Aisling Hitchman ran a really good race in the 800m A race for 2nd in 2.41.3 with Zara Barker 4th B in 2.57.2. Beth Thorpe and Jasmine Jones both tried out the High Jump and earned valuable points.

Finlay Wrey-Brown produced a first class throw in the Under 13 boys Javelin to not only win the event but managed a AAA Grade 1 standard with a throw of 31.62m, he also put the Shot 7.09m for 4th A. Oscar Webb maintained his progress across events with victory in the High Jump 1.45m (AAA2) and 3rd places in both the Long Jump 4.25m and 200m B 30.6. Michael Shingleton-Smith ran very strongly to win the 1500m in a swift 5.05.1backed up by Oscar Hoult 2nd B 5.54.2. Oscar also was 3rd B High Jump 1.10m. Alexander Beck sprinted well for 3rd A 100m 14.7 and 200m B 28.1 supported by Tom Yates 2nd 14.8. There were some impressive hurdling over the 75m barriers by Sam Mballa 2nd A 15.4 & Musa Sanyang 2nd B 16.1. Sam also was 1st B in the shot with the throw of 6.40m plus gaining points in the 800m. Alex Whittaker was a useful points gainer in the Long Jump, Javelin and 800m. The 4x100m U13B relay team were 4th in 59.4.

The highlight of the Under 15 girls was the performance of Olivia Busher in the throws. This talented thrower managed 31,28m in the Javelin for a AAA 2 standard in 2nd position. Olivia was also 2nd in the Hammer 17.72m and Discus 20.66m. In the Javelin B Tuesday Bettridge threw well for 2ns place with 10.58m. Emily Smith is back High Jumping again after an injury period and is getting back to her best and jumped 1.40m for 4th, she also contributed points in the Discus.

The WADAC Under 15 girls found it hard going on the track with a very good standard of opposition. In the sprints Evie Beck 14.3 and Grace White 14.0 ran PBs in the 100m in 5th A and 4Th B. Rose Chesterfield came down in distance and ran the 300m finishing 4th in 46.0 with team mate Lily Neate 3rd B in 51.0. Amelia Moore ran well in the 1500m and was rewarded with 3rd in 5.34.9 and Ellie McErlean completed the middle distance with 4thin 2.38.8.

Emily Weeks and Molly Whitton doubled up in the 80m hurdles and Long Jump gaining important points with Molly jumping a PB of 4.09m in the Long Jump. The 4x300m relay team of Emily Weeks, Lily Neate, Ellie McErlean and Rose Chesterfield ran well for 3rd place in 3/21.4. Connie Brush, Daisy Shaw and Tuesday Bettridge contributed points for the u13g section.