After winning its last Southern Athletics League meet by a huge 40 points, and despite missing key athletes who were competing in the national Under 20 and Under 23 championships at Bedford, Huntingdonshire AC once again blew the opposition away, this time winning by an almost unbelievable 88 points at their home track. The key to this team competition is to ensure that as many of the 72 events as possible are filled. On this occasion, 28 Hunts AC athletes covered 68. With 21 victories, there were many star performers on the day. In the women?s 1500m steeplechase, Sammie Skinner took first place and in the process reduced the club record by 1.3 secs with her 6:26.5 clocking. In the 400m A race, Lily Seach comfortably won by over two seconds with 63.2 secs while Claire Hurst, running in her first individual race in six years, won the B race by four seconds in 65.3 secs. She later ran first leg in the victorious 4x100m relay and third leg in the 4x400m team which also finished first. With three wins under her belt, this was a great return to athletics for Claire. In the 800m A race, 15-year-old Ella Blake led from start to finish to win by four seconds, reducing her outdoor personal best by over a second down to 2:26.0. Backing her up in style, 16-year-old Eloise Webb won the B race by over half a minutes with 2:37.4. Similar to Ella, Maggie Mulholland took the lead from the very start of the 3000m, winning by over seven seconds with 12:17.2. Competing in the B string long jump and 100m hurdles, Holly Addis not only picked up two wins, but she also set personal bests in both with 4.17 metres and 19.2 secs, respectively. Holly also ran third leg in the winning 4x100m relay team along with Claire, Lauri Watt, and Laurel Phelan. The women also won the 4x400m relay with Ella Blake, Sammie Skinner (who had just finished the steeplechase race minutes earlier), Claire Hurst and Siobhan Skinner carrying the baton around to an easy 12-second victory. On the men?s side, Hunts AC cleaned up in both hurdles events. While Junior Russell and Richard Phelan took first places in the 110 metre hurdles A and B string races, Jared Amos won the 400m hurdles A race by a huge 11 seconds in 61.9, while Peter Downhill took the B race by nearly 14 seconds in 66.4. Later in the meet, 17-year-old Jared won the B string 200m by three metres. After running a disappointing 800m race, 18-year-old Luke Scott redeemed himself by winning the 400m A race by almost two seconds, bringing his personal best time down from 53.6 secs to 52.2. Not having a disappointing 800m race, Matt Pyatt won the B race by over six seconds with 2:09.7. In the field events, Alex Knox-Hooke rose to the occasion in the long jump, winning the A string event on his very last jump with a personal best of 5.85 metres. Also claiming a long jump PB with 5.72m, George Seach won the B string by two metres! Earlier, George had won the B string 100m in 12.2 secs, his fastest ever. In a great gesture of team spirit, Ryan Palmer dashed from the national Under 20 championships at Bedford and made it to the St Ives track with literally seconds to go before the 4x100m relay. Ryan, who had equalled the club senior and junior 100m record at Bedford a few hours earlier with 10.7 secs, had just enough time to put on his spikes and dash to his place on the track. Running last leg, Ryan took the baton some ten metres down on the leader but powered through to claim the win. The next Southern Athletics League meet will be at Perivale in London on 20 July and with the top four clubs, including Hunts AC, competing against each other, this meet will no doubt be a decider in who finishes where by the end of the season.
Men: 100m A Yann Yao 11.8 (3), B George Seach 12.2 (1), n/s Alex Young 13.4; 200m A Yann Yao 24.0 (3), B Jared Amos 25.4 (1); 400m A Luke Scott 52.2 (1), B Peter Downhill 57.0 (1); 800m A Luke Scott 2:07.4 (3), B Matt Pyatt 2:09.7 (1), n/s Luke Amos 2:31.8; 1500m A Matt Pyatt 4:25.9 (2), B John Uff 4:55.7 (3); 5000m A John Uff 17:03.7 (2), B Ian Day 18:14.0 (2); 110mH A Junior Russell 21.4 (1), B Richard Phelan 22.9 (1); 400mH A Jared Amos 61.9 (1), B Peter Downhill 66.4 (1); 2000mSC AJ Ellwood 8:00.2 (3); 4x100m Jared Amos, Yann Yao, Junior Russell, Ryan Palmer 47.2 (1); 4x400m Luke Amos, Matt Pyatt, Jared Amos 54.3, Peter Downhill 56.1 - 3:51.7 (2); LJ A Alex Knox-Hooke 5.85 (1), B George Seach 5.72 (1), n/s Alex Young 3.87; HJ A Junior Russell 1.55 (2), B Richard Phelan 1.45 (2); TJ A Jared Amos 10.86 (3), B Luke Amos 10.20 (2); SP A Bob Ellingham 8.67 (3), B Wayne DuBose 8.48 (2), n/s Alex Young 5.78; DT A Bob Ellingham 24.49 (3), B Wayne DuBose 23.66 (2), n/s Alex Young 15.31 JT A Bob Ellingham 23.46 (3), B Richard Phelan 20.81 (2), n/s Alex Young 12.02; HT A Bob Ellingham 33.19 (3), B Wayne DuBose 16.46 (3)
Women: 100m A Lily Seach 13.8 (3), B Penny Butcher 17.8 (3); 200m A Lauri Watt 28.6 (3); B Claire Hurst 29.5 (2); 400m A Lily Seach 63.2 (1), B Claire Hurst 65.3 (1); 800m A Ella Blake 2:26.0 (1), B Eloise Webb 2:37.4 (1), n/s Siobhan 2:40.9; 1500m A Siobhan Skinner 6:00.5 (3); 3000m A Maggie Mulholland 12:17.2 (1); 100mH A Lauri Watt 18.7 (2), B Holly Addis 19.2 (1); 400mH A Penny Butcher 91.9 (2); 1500mSC A Sammie Skinner 6:26.5 (1) Club Record; 4x100m Claire Hurst, Lauri Watt, Holly Addis, Laurel Phelan 55.3 (1); 4x400m Ella Blake 65.9, Sammie Skinner 72.4, Claire Hurst 68.1, Siobhan Skinner 67.6 - 4:34.0 (1); LJ A Lauri Watt 4.49 (2), B Holly Addis 4.29 (1); HJ A Holly Addis 1.45 (3), B Laurel Phelan 1.35 (2); TJ A Holly Addis 8.90 (3), B Penny Butcher 7.99 (2); SP A Penny Butcher 5.40 (5), B Rebecca Pedley 4.79 (4); DT A Siobhan Skinner 13.13 (5), B Penny Butcher 11.91 (4); JT A Penny Butcher 13.56 (4), B Rebecca Pedley 12.02 (3); HT A Penny Butcher 11.72 (5), B Rebecca Pedley 10.79 (2)
Team Results: 1 Hunts AC 264, 2 Biggleswade 176, 3 Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 139, 4 Thurrock 126, 5 Orion 123
Posted by Wayne Dubose on 18/06/2013 11:31:55