Written by MR
Words by Mark Reynolds
Lily B Match Report 1.11th May Sutton
The Kingston and Poly girls began the defence of their Lily B title, with a hard fought win at a cold, blustery and at times very wet Sutton arena, with conditions sometimes more akin to cross country weather than track and field. It was really pleasing to see so many of our young athletes turn up, in fact only the under 17 Discus and Triple jump events were not represented (perhaps something to work on in time for the next match)
Notable performances were a plenty;for the under 17 girls Phoebe continued her excellent recent form with a resounding win in the 1500m and second place in the 800m;this was then added to by Bridget Langford claiming victory in the 1500m B event to ensure the maximum 12 points. Bridget then notably went on to double up with victory in the 800m. Laura Darcey had a wonderful day with three victories in the hurdles, high jump and a PB shattering 4.96m long jump, having helped officiate the long jump in appalling conditions, Laura`s jump was arguably the performance of the day. Eleanor Arnfield claimed victory and a PB in the 300m and not content with that repeated the feat over the hurdles where Laura Cook also romped to victory; a big thank you to the relay team whose patience in waiting behind paid off with victory against strong opposition.
The under 15 girls were led with a scintillating 800m victory for Mollie O`Sullivan in a new PB time of 2.27.3, excellent given the windy conditions. Victories also for Rhianna Reynolds and Holly Beighton in the long jump and Sophie Dimbleby in the Javelin were amongst several good performances.
A new crop of under 13 girls, some of whom were competing for the first time turned out in force;as we know the secret to winning these meetings isn`t just the victories,it`s the solid point scoring performances.Every point counts and sometimes when asked to do an event you may never have done before it’s those points that can make that difference between winning and coming second in the match as a whole. Promising runs from Kathryn Bartle and Hannah Lester both claiming PB`s in the 800m and also from Eleanor McDonnell and Lucy Tunnacliffe in the 200m were among many fine efforts on the day.
Perhaps the highlight of the day was the intrepid Pole Vaulters whom Maurice has galvanised into action this season; we scored a remarkable 22 points. Rebecca Keddie, Caitlin Dimbleby, Sophie Dimbleby and Amber Dummett take a bow, you were all magnificent. This event perhaps best highlights the team spirit that helps K and P to remain so competitive at this level.
Of course as always a big thank you to all the officials (Brenda, Mike, Susanne & Frank), our bus driver Maurice, and all the athletes and parents who helped out in sometimes very unpleasant conditions. If you can help at any event it is always very much appreciated and gives everyone a chance to watch your own children compete; we can never have too much help.
(Full results are available on the Power of 10 website)
We look forward to seeing you all on the 29th June at Walton .
Many thanks for your support.
Mary & Julie
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