Middlesex Young Athletes League – Copthall – Sun 14 Aug 2016

We enjoyed a convincing victory in the test match for the proposed new Middlesex Young Athletes League, held at the Allianz stadium last Sunday, and against some very strong clubs. We had a good turnout, though that alone did not explain the good score – indeed many of our young athletes were attempting events for the first time.

Phoenix Lyon was the only U17 man, and was not seriously challenged in either the 100m or the 200m. There were seven U15 boys, and they accounted for a large chunk of the points, winning many of their events. Kai Thomas and Joshua Jones paired up for the sprints (see photo below), with novice Miles Bernadine running as a non-scorer. Kai came second in the 100m A and won the 200m B. Conversely, Joshua won the 100m A and came second in the B, achieving personal bests in both. The sprinters went on to win the relay, while Sudeys Hersi and Louis Rodericks won the 1500m A and B respectively. In the field, Kai English won the discus and matched his PB in the high jump, while Kirk Lebdiri won the B strings with PBs in both. Mikey Kouwiloyan won the shot putt A string with a PB and competed for the first time in the long jump. Louis Rodericks teamed up with Mikey for his first shot putt. For the U13 boys, Zack Clarke-Green and Najiib Hersi covered the sprints. It was a debut at 100m for both of them, but they both won their 200m races, Zack with a PB. Zack competed in the long jump for the first time, while Najiib partnered older brother Mahiis in the 1500m. Najiib’s PB came in the 75m hurdles.

The four U17 women also notched up a good points tally. Middle distance specialist Laura Stewart supported Amber Henry in the sprints, racing over 100m for the first time. Laura also tackled the sprint hurdles for a change, as the programme did not include the longer event. Roisin Lynch joined her in the hurdles, winning the B race. Roisin also competed over 800m and won the long jump. Throws specialist Zoya Styles threw a PB in the discus and also tackled the shot putt.U15 Maya Faulkner competed in the 100m, 200m and long jump. Estelle Belgrave supported her in the sprints – her first competitive attempt at 100m – whilst also running the 75m hurdles.U11s Ashana McClunie and Nicole Smith were track and field novices, competing over 100m, 800 and long jump. Both showed great pace judgement over the 800m, picking up places in the second part of the race, with Nicole (pictured above) enjoying an emphatic victory. In the long jump, Ashana jumped further, though Nicole won the B string.Thanks to Laura Stewart for the photos.


Match scores

1 Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC 526, 2 Highgate Harriers 483, 3 Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 479, 4 Thames Valley Harriers, 418, 5 London Heathside 289, 6 Enfield & Haringey 262, 7 Barnet & District AC 212, 8 Trent Park RC 196

ESM results summary

U17 Men:

100m: A: 1 Phoenix Lyon 11.57; 200m: A: 1 Phoenix Lyon 24.17

U15 Boys:

100m: A: 2 Kai Thomas 12.05, B: 1 Joshua Jones 12.09, NS: Miles Bernadine 13.29; 200m: A: 2 Joshua Jones 24.94, B: 1 Kai Thomas 25.94, NS: Miles Bernadine 28.14; 1500m: A: 1 Sudeys Hersi 4:45.76, B: 1 Louis Rodericks 5:01.64; HJ: A: 3 Kai English 1.50, B: 1 Kirk Lebdiri 1.35; LJ: A: 4 Mikey Kouwiloyan 3.80; SP: A: 1 Mikey Kouwiloyan 5.04, B: 1 Louis Rodericks 4.28; DT: A: 1 Kai English 27.17, B: 1 Kirk Lebdiri 16.72; 4x100m: 1 ESM 51.72

U13 Boys:

100m: A: 2 Zack Clarke-Green 14.11, B: 3 Najiib Hersi 16.13; 200m: A: 1 Zack Clarke-Green 29.01, B: 1 Najiib Hersi 33.56; 1500m: A: 4 Mahiis Hersi 5:15.19, B: 3 Najiib Hersi 5:22.38; 75mH: A: 1 Najiib Hersi 19.35; LJ: A: 2 Zack Clarke-Green 4.00; 4x100m: 3 Ealing S&M 63.72

U17 Women:

100m: A: 3 Amber Henry 13.53, B: 3 Laura Stewart 13.76; 200m: A: 3 Amber Henry 28.00, B: 2 Laura Stewart 28.28; 800m: A: 2 Roisin Lynch 2:48.64; 80mH: A: 2 Laura Stewart 13.61, B: 1 Roisin Lynch 14.73; LJ: A: 1 Roisin Lynch 4.12; SP: A: 3 Zoya Styles 8.63; DT: A: 3 Zoya Styles 16.82

U15 Girls:

100m: A: 3 Maya Faulkner 14.05, B: 2 Estelle Belgrave 13.63; 200m: A: 4 Maya Faulkner 29.13, B: 2 Estelle Belgrave 29.49; 75mH: A: 4 Estelle Belgrave 13.44; LJ: A: 3 Maya Faulkner 3.77

U11 Girls:

100m: A: 6 Ashana McClunie 17.49, B: 2 Nicole Smith 15.70; 800m: A: 1 Nicole Smith 2:51.36, B: 1 Ashana McClunie 3:12.75; LJ: A: 2 Ashana McClunie 3.45, B: 1 Nicole Smith 2.87

Full results here