YDL (U17/U20) – Perivale – Sun 26 May 2019

Team Manager Tim Hannah reports from a home match:

Our composite team with TVH (Team West London) came third in this match yesterday out of the seven teams in our division. This was our home fixture at Perivale and we had our usual fine weather and superb organisation both on the track and in the field.

Our division this year is very competitive, we would have done better if only we had more athletes doing field events where we scored the fewest points.

A busy afternoon for Kai: five events – and three PBs! (photo by Jean King)

One athlete who was doing as many field events as he could was our multi-eventer Kai English. Kai won the Under 20 men’s high jump B string with a personal best jump of 1.75m, while a long jump of 5.46m gave him second place in the A string. He was third in the discus A string with a throw of 31.26m (another personal best), was third in the B string 200m in a PB time of 23.14 and still managed a leg in the 4x100m relay where the U20 men finished second.

Another busy U20 athlete was Elias Ahmed. He won the 400m B string with 53.59, won the 800m A string with 2:00.95, won the 1500m A string and turned in a leg in the U20 sprint relay. Thomas Edgar ran the non-scoring 1500m in a personal best time of 4.52.

Kirk Lebdiri won both the 800m B string with a time of 2.14 and the discus B with a throw of 20.35. Both were personal best performances.

Finally for the U20 men, Oscar Gjesdal won the high jump A string with 1.80m and was third in the triple jump with 12.03m.

The U20 women formed our biggest squad. Olamide Belewu finished second in the B strings of both the 100m and 200m, with times of 13.31 and 28.61. Miriam Abdelgader was an non-scorer in the same races, with times of 14.21 and 30.45.

Feia Starkey scored a personal best while winning the 400m hurdles in a time of 66.3, an AAA Grade 3 performance. She also won the 400m flat A string in 61.42. Laura Stewart won the B strings of the same races with 74.14 and 67.17 and then won the sprint hurdles in a time of 19.14.

Lucy O’Brien was fourth in the 800m A string with 2:33.18. New girl Juliette Agrotis was third in the long jump A string with 4.24m and Yoanna Aleksandrova threw her javelin 14.94m before she had to retire injured.

The U20 women came second in their 4x400m relay.

The Under 17 men had a good turnout of sprinters. Miles Bernardine was fifth in the 100m and second in the 200m with 11.92 and 24.61 respectively. New boy Joshua Nedd was fifth in the 100m B string with 12.18. Tristan Collins-Marsh came fourth in the 200m A string in 24.42 and won the 400m A string in 54.10.

Unfortunately the sprinters dropped the baton the the relay and were disqualified.

Vitaly Bender and Marcus West kept us with a presence in the middle distance races. Marcus was second in the 800m A with a personal best of 2:04.98 and Vitaly third in the 1500m A with 4:34 – also a personal best.

For the U17 Women, Golder Wiafe came second in the 100m A string in a pB of 12.53, earning her Grade 2 AAA recognition. She also won the 200m A string in 25.99 earning AAA Grade 3 recognition. Lilia Khan was third in the 100m B string in 13.49 and was a non-scorer in the 200m in 28.45.

Finally Daisy Burns won the 200m A string in 28.15 and won the long jump B string with a leap of 4.63m.

Last but not least, our team of officials had the largest turnout of any of the competing teams, earning us a maximum 56 points. Thank you and well done to them.

The next YDL match is at Guildford on Sunday 30th June. In the meantime there is a Southern Athletics League match at Parliament Hill on Saturday 15th June.

Full results on power of 10