6th September 2016
RUGBY & NORTHAMPTON COMPETE IN NATIONAL FINAL
Athletic Club’s youth performed well in the Youth Development League National Final
Rugby & Northampton competed in the Youth Development League Lower Age National Final at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Saturday 3rd September.
After dominating the Midlands Premier Division, a depleted YDL team took on the country’s best club athletes in the under-13 and under-15 National Final led by a great performance from Lily-May Pursey.
The U15 Girls’ athlete was just short of breaking her club record in the hammer throw on her way to a third-place finish with a throw of 38.67 metres. She also reached fourth in the shot put thanks to a personal best of 10.59m – a new club record – and, over in the B-string shot put, Parisse Linton-Shaw (8.76m) beat her previous best to also finish fourth.
Performing well in the U15 field events alongside Pursey was Georgi Jones (25.43m), who picked up a bronze medal in the discus. Javelin thrower Abigail Ward notched a third-place finish (28.88m), and Abigail Pearce also won a javelin medal as her throw of 28.51m won the B-string silver, while Millie Watford (1.45m) set a PB to finish sixth in the high jump.
The U13 Girls were also successful in the field events. Second-place finishes in the B-string category were won by javelin thrower Jess Roberts (21.77m) and Eve Corrigan (7.87m, PB) in the shot put. Corrigan (1.30m) also set a new personal record on her way to winning a bronze in the B-string high jump.
There was also PBs for three U13G as Megan Burge (1.35m, PB) achieved fourth in the high jump, Lily Carlaw (8.09m, PB) threw her way to sixth with the shot put, and Florence Matthews (2:41.61, PB) crossed the 800m line in sixth.
Josh Tutt (10.37m) performed well in the U13 Boys shot put to secure a bronze medal and a new personal best amongst a very strong field, while Connor Cooke (7.92m) also set a personal best to win silver in the B-string shot put.
A long jump bronze was the reward for a strong outing from Kaiyuki Crisp (4.44m) and, over on the track, Noah Bennett repeated the feat in the 1500 metres with a personal best of 4 minutes and 47.64 seconds.
Tom Tyler (2:31.38) won a silver medal in the U13 B-string 800m while Myles Martin achieved a bronze in the U15 version of the race. Also leaving Bedford with a medal was Adam Caulfield (4:27.82) who crossed the U15 1500m line in second place.
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