YOUNGSTERS from Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club (R&N) stormed to success in the Youth Development League after dominating Round Two of the Midland Premier Division series.
R&N’s young athletes put in another phenomenal performance last weekend by easing to victory in Milton Keynes.
They won the event by a total of 600 points, which was more than 100 clear of nearest rivals Charnwood (488), Birchfield Harriers (475), and Marshall Milton Keynes (453).
The under-13 girls set the tone for the day with a number of individual victories, along with a win in the 4×100 metre relay, which was won in 55.4 seconds by the team of Annie Saghri, Fenella Downes, Amelia Tutt and Eloise Nowill.
Abigail Ward set a personal best in the 150m with a time of 21.6 to win the ‘B’ race, before taking to the field and winning the javelin event with an incredible throw of 28.7m, which propelled her to the number two ranked javelin athlete in the country at under-13 level.
Success in the field continued with Maia Reynolds winning the javelin ‘B’ throw of 15.22m, and both Nowill and Tutt triumphed in the high jump respectively.
Nowill cleared a height of 1.34m with ease, while Tutt sent the shot 7.54m to take the win. Tutt also took the honours in the 70m hurdles, winning with a personal best time of 12.9.
Back on the track, there was double success in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 1200m races with Molly Williams (4:01.6) and Claudia Searle (4:14.0) crossing the line quickest, while Downes triumphed in the 75m ‘B’ race, sprinting home in 11 seconds flat.
The girls from the under-15 group were equally as impressive over track and field, earning two victories in the shot put. Lily Mae Pursey won in the ‘B’ competition, throwing 8.61m, and Adele Blenkinsop was victorious in the ‘A’ with 8.73m, a personal best.
Lucy Laight (44.4) and Georgina Woodward (45.0) secured 300m success at both ‘A’ and ‘B’ level, and Anousha Salehi was victorious in the 75m hurdles ‘B’ race with a time of 12.5 seconds. Along with Poppy Carmichael, the team secured a club record 4x300m relay time, racing home to win in 2:57.9 to smash the previous record by ten seconds. Laight added to her honours in the pole vault, springing to success courtesy of a height of 1.7m.
There was plenty of success for the under-15 boys too, with William Ballinger winning the discus (28.39) and javelin (40.7), while Matthew Broome broke his personal record by leaping 5.68m to win the long jump.
Sam Tutt’s shot put throw of 11.15m earned him victory, and he took that form to the track to win the 80m hurdles ‘B’ event in 11.8 seconds, while club-mate Oli Lambert was successful in the ‘A’ race, recording the same time.
Lambert maintained that form over longer distances, taking the win in both the 200 and 300-metre races with respective times of 24.1 and 38.4, and, along with Tutt, Jaime Nalus and Bradley Whitehead, dashed to victory in the 4x100m relay.
Nalus went on to set personal bests in the 100m and 200m ‘B’ events, triumphing in the former in 12.4 seconds and securing second place over the longer distance with a time of 25.2.