Our young athletes tackled their third YDL match of the season last Sunday at Marlow. With the continuing lack of U13 girls, the team was destined to finish bottom of the table, but it was their highest match score so far. The squad of 31 managed 26 personal best performances and another two season’s bests. One in four of the 63 individual performances represented a competitive debut.
In the U15 boys’ sprints, Joshua Jones ran PBs in the 100m and 200m, while Kai English ran almost as quickly with a PB of his own in the 200m B. Kaya Davidson ducked under 13 seconds for the first time in the 100m. Chauncey Edwards, Mikey Kouwiloyan and Kirk Lebdiri all achieved PBs in the non-scoring 100m. There were five athletes in the 800m. Novice Jamal Musa was quickest, albeit as a non-scorer, with a strong second lap. New member Louis Rodericks also finished strongly down the home straight, looking as though he may have had more in the tank, while Kane Foster ran a PB. Matteo Lamagna coped well with his first 1500m, while Mikey Kouwiloyan ran a PB in the B race. In the field, there were PBs in the discus for Kirk Lebdiri, in the javelin for Ilyes Iman, and in the long jump for Kaya Davidson. Kane Foster had a season’s best in the high jump A string, while Kai English notched up a win in the B string.
In the U13 boys’ sprints, Olaitan Belewu made a noteworthy first competitive appearance over 200m, finishing second. He ran a PB in the 100m A, while Kyriese Willis-Thomas ran a season’s best in the 100m B. In the non-scoring event, Marcus West made an impressive debut while Finn Combe’s first outing over the distance was also promising . The two were also in action over 800m, where Marcus ran a controlled race in a time close to his best. On his debut at the distance, Finn lost ground mid-race but rallied well in the later stages to recover his position. Najiib Hersi handled his first 1500m well, while Khayre Samatar showed great improvement on the previous match. Dan O’Brien showed good technique in the hurdles, he and Kyriese finishing third in the A and B races respectively. In the field, there were PBs for Daniel in the long jump and Khayre in the shot put. Aran Takhar threw a PB in the javelin.
The U15 girls saw the welcome return of Feia Starkey to League competition. She won the 1500m with impressive finishing speed, and showed great technique in the 75m hurdles, being beaten by fractions of a second. Estelle Belgrave also ran well in the hurdles, with a PB. It was PBs all round in the flat sprints: for Olamide Belewu and Maya Faulkner in the 100m and 200m A and B races respectively, and for Lucy O’Brien in the 300m. Lucy was also close to her best in the 800m. New member Chloe Mowatt showed great promise in the throws, winning by a wide margin in the hammer and coming second with a competitive performance in the shot. Petya Nanova, making her second competitive outing for the club, produced good first performances in the 300m and discus. As ever, Fiona Coutts competed enthusiastically in the field, with a PB in both the javelin and long jump.
Ame Udehi was the only U13 girl, but she ran a PB in the 75m.
Team Captains and coaches Bridie Lebdiri and Denise English would like to thank all the athletes who represented the club, and parents Hersi Samatar and Linda O’Brien for assisting with the high jump and javelin.
The next match is on July 16th in Hemel Hempstead.
1 Bedford & County 707.5; 2 Chiltern Harriers 588.5; 3 Vale of Aylesbury 570; 4 Wycombe Phoenix Harriers 565; 5 St. Marys Richmond 502.5; 6 Winchester & District 483.5; 7 Thames Valley Harriers 564; 8 Ealing Southall & Middlesex 382
ESM results summary
100m: A: 5 Kaya Davidson 12.9, B: 3 Joshua Jones 12.2, NS: Chauncey Edwards 13.1, Mikey Kouwiloyan 14.5, Kirk Lebdiri 14.7; 200m: A: 4 Joshua Jones 25.3, B: 3 Kai English 25.5; 300m: A: 8 Ilyes Iman 47.8, B: 7 Chauncey Edwards 47.3; 800m: A: 5 Louis Rodericks 2:18.3, B: 5 Kane Foster 2:24.3, NS: Jamal Musa 2:17.1, Ilyes Iman 2:29.1, Sudeys Hersi 2:30.9; 1500m: A: 7 Matteo Lamagna 5:19.6, B: 5 Mikey Kouwiloyan 5:44.8; DT: A: 4 Kai English 24.64, B: 3 Kirk Lebdiri 16.91; JT: A: 7 Ilyes Iman 12.66; SP: A: 8 Kirk Lebdiri 5.05, LJ: A: 3 Kaya Davidson 4.81, B: 5 Kirk Lebdiri 3.33; HJ: A: 3 Kane Foster 1.50; B: 1 Kai English 1.45; 4x100m: 4 ESM 51.2; 4x300m: 5 ESM 3:01.5
100m: A: 3 Olaitan Belewu 13.6, B: 6 Kyriese Willis-Thomas 14.7, NS: Marcus West 13.2, Finn Combe 14.9; 200m: A: 2 Olaitan Belewu 26.8, B: 7 Marco Lamagna 32.4; 800m: A: 5 Marcus West 2:33.1, B: 2 Finn Combe 2:34.9, NS: Mahiis Hersi 2:41.4; 1500m: A: 7 Najiib Hersi 5:18.4, B: 6 Khayre Samatar 5:37.5; 75mH: A: 3 Daniel O’Brien 16.0, B: 3 Kyriese Willis-Thomas 16.3; JT: A: 4 Aran Takhar 20.64, B: 5 Najiib Hersi 13.77; SP: A: 7 Khayre Samatar 3.99, B: 7 Marco Lamagna 3.43; LJ: A: 6 Daniel O’Brien 3.67, B: 6 Aran Takhar 3.26; 4x100m: 5 ESM 59.7
100m: A: 5 Olamide Belewu 13.4, B: 4 Maya Faulkner 13.9; 200m: A: 6 Olamide Belewu 27.5, B: 4 Maya Faulkner 28.4; 300m: A: 5 Lucy O’Brien 45.8, B: 6 Petya Nanova 47.4; 800m: A: 4 Lucy O’Brien 2:24.4; 1500m: A: 1 Feia Starkey 5:01.3; 75mH: A: 3 Estelle Belgrave 13.3, B: 2 Feia Starkey 12.5; DT: A: 7 Petya Nanova 13.18, B: 7 Chloe Mowatt 11.28; HT: A: 1 Chloe Mowatt 25.28, B: 3 Fiona Coutts 10.52; JT: A: 6 Feia Starkey 20.02, B: 3 Fiona Coutts 16.14; SP: A: 2 Chloe Mowatt 8.37; LJ: A: 8 Maya Faulkner 3.65, B: 8 Fiona Coutts 3.21; 4x100m: 3 ESM 54.8; 4x300m: 3 ESM 3:07.5
75m: A: 7 Ame Uduehi 11.6
Full results here