Mon 23rd Apr 2018

1 Andover & Overton 179. 2 Winchester 175 . 3 Worthing & District AC 165. 4 Chichester AC 132

Southern Athletics League Andover

The opening Sweatshop Southern Athletics League match of the season for Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) took place at Andover. In this Division 3 South West match WADAC were against Andover & Overton, Worthing & District and Chichester AC. The League is a combined score of both mens and womens matches for age groups Under 17 upward.. The day turned out to be a very pleasant sunny warm spring day.

In the field Glen Foster produced the Man of the Match performance in the High Jump winning the event with an impressive height of 1.95m. Glen also showed his talent in the Long Jump succeeding that event with a leap of 5.68m.

Isobel Gray home from University won the Discus with ease with a throw of 35.58m, Isobel also provided points for WADAC in the Long Jump 4.69m, Triple Jump 9.33mand Hammer 13.46m.

Emily Serridge won the javelin but only just with a winning distance of only 4cm with a throw of 32.78m. In a useful support role Heather Mballa won the B string shot 7.81m and the B Discus 28.40m plus gaining points in the Javelin B 25.71m and the High Jump.

On the track there was a good win by the Womens 4x400 team of Abi Dennison, Sophie Torrance, Sue True, and Natasha Miles in 4.24.6. WADAC ladies dominated on each event 400m up to 1500m with victories in each A&B race. Tallulah Jeffes had an excellent double with the 400m B in 65.0 and 800m A in 2.28.5, Natasha Miles won the 400m A in 63.1. Team manager Sue True was victorious in the 800m B plus produced points in the Triple Jump. The U17 dup of Isabella Beck 5.02.02and Sasha Tydeman 5.10.1 had complete dominance in the 1500m. Other track victories for the WADAC women were earned by Amy Dawes in 200m B in 27.3, who also gained 3rd A 100m in 13.5 and also Aisling Dunne in the 3000m in 11.23.

One week before attempting the London Marathon Wayne Bevan ran a smooth 5000m winning in a good time of 17.45, he was ably assisted by Franklyn Young who ran 19.33 for 2nd B. There was a double victory in the mens 2000m steeplechase with Calum Upton winning the A string with 6.36.4 and Peat Allan completing the maximum points in B with 7.53.5. Calum also ran the 800m for 2nd in 2.02.5.

Kanya Mtshweni narrowly won the 400m in a rapid time of 50.5 and also showed hi sprinting credentials with 2nd 100m A in 11.3. Young male sprinters helped out gaining points with Matt South (u23) third 100m B 100m and 3rd A in the 200m and Andrew Stanfield (u17) achieving 3rd B 400m 55.2 and 4th B 200m in 24.8.

Multi-eventer Serena Charles threw the Senior shot size for the first time and did well for 2nd A with 8.28m and chipped with points in the 100m B with 14.0 for 2nd. Abi Dennison sprinted well in the 200m A in 26.1 but was just pipped for the win.

Colin French is a team managers dream as he fills in whatever events are needed, on this occasion despite having to leave and return after playing a hockey match he ran the 400m hurdles  2nd A 68.3 plus competing in the Shot and Triple Jump. Colin also ran a leg of the 4x400 relay along with Calum Upton, Steve Pethen and Lucas Lyne who had earlier ran a solid 800m B finishing in 2.12.8.

Father and son duo of Steve and Tom Oliver ran the 1500m with son Tom managing 3rd A in 4.31.5 and father Steve 3rd B in 5.25.2 In the Mens field events there were useful support roles by Paul Cox (Long Jump, Hammer & Shot), Charles Scouller (Javelin & Discus) and Steve Torrance (Hammer, Javelin and Discus).

The 4x100 mens team of Kanya Mtshweni, Andrew Stanfield, Jackson Robinson and Charlie Brown were 3rd in 46.2

Imogen Emmett ran tactically and was rewarded with 2nd in the Ladies 3000m A race. Alison Fenwick was 2nd in the 400m hurdles 84.3 and 3rd Long Jump B with 4.03m

WADAC just missed out on victory in the overall team score with Andover & Overton gaining top place in the final relays. WADAC were 2nd in front of Worthing and Chichester.