Written by Richard White
Meeting Report – Youth Development League
Lower Age Group – Match 3
Bournemouth, Saturday 22nd of June
Saturday the 22nd of June saw the third meeting of this season’s Youth Development League. A small band of travellers met at Kingsmeadow at 7:45 for our second long road trip to the Dorset Coast.
There was relief all round when the coach made it to the summit of some of the hills on the approach to Bournemouth. The track at King’s Park is in a wonderful parkland setting, adjacent to Bournemouth’s pretty and modern premiership football stadium.
With such a small team the stated aim for the day was on the athletes maximising their chances of setting personal bests in the events they train for. As it was the usual Kingston team spirit kicked in and every athlete took on the maximum number of events allowed.
With everyone bar Frank being new to the stadium we had failed to spot that they had a second hammer and discus cage with its own pristinely manicured throws field. Thankfully one of the locals interrupted our hammer throwers enjoyment of the sunshine by the deserted hammer cage to point them in the right direction in time for their event.
For those that had made the effort to attend the meeting the rewards were blue skies, a slight (but legal and recorded) tailwind for the sprinters and an organisation that were calling out and publishing results within minutes of events finishing. Quite often the full results were announced over the tannoy before our athletes even made it back from collecting their water bottles or trainers. This was a treat for the Surrey-based Walton and Kingston athletes who were wholly unaccustomed to this level of efficiency.
I am delighted to report that every single athlete set at least one personal best. Additionally Caitlyn Harvey ran a Level 3 U15G 800m in 2:26.3 and Roel Sodusta’s PBs in the 100m and 200m were both Level 4 performances.
Thanks to Pat Logan, Frank Schubert, Susanne Dietrich and Ulrike Chang for helping the athletes and amassing points as officials. As ever the Field Officials team were supported by parents.
U15 Boys (7) - Albert Rowland, Eternal Nemiala, Finnian Chang, Jack Le Vesconte, Oliver Palmer, Roel Sodusta, Sam Atkins
U15 Girls (3) – Evie Priest, Caitlin Harvey, Nelly Priest
U13 Girls (4) – Bethan Norvill, Caitlyn Pemberton, Calla Lazou, Josephine Perrin
U13 Boys (0)
Albert Rowland (High Jump – 1.35m,
Eternal Nemiala (100m – 13.4s, 200m, Javelin)
Finnian Chang (Discus – 11.82m, Hammer)
Jack Le Vesconte (Long Jump – 4.55m, 80m Hurdles – 14.5s,
Oliver Palmer (800m – 2:21.5, Shot)
Roel Sodusta (100m – 12.2s, 200m – 25.4s, Hammer)
Sam Atkins (800m – 2:23.9, Shot)
Caitlyn Harvey (100m – 13.7s)
Evie Priest (High Jump – 1.35m, Discus 15.10m)
Nelly Priest (100m – 13.7s, Shot 7.15m)
Bethan Norvill (150m – 21.9s, Javelin 10.94m)
Caitlin Pemberton (Javelin)
Calla Lazou (150m - 22.5s,
Josephine Perrin (75m – 11.8s, 1200 – 4:29.2)
Despite the club kindly part-funding the coaches for both the long road trips we have struggled to get the younger athletes to the YDL meetings. With such a small squad it was of little surprise to find ourselves at the bottom of the table.
The match position did little to dent the overall sense of satisfaction as the athletes boarded the coach for the pleasantly quick journey home.
On the plus side it looks like Winchester and Chichester will be moving up to our Division next season. This will mean that our furthest possible journeys would be to Aldershot or the Sussex coast. We might even end up with the 2020 meetings at Kingston, Walton, Camberley and Woking ☺
The final meeting will be at Eton’s Thames Valley Stadium on Saturday the 20th of July.
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