Saturday, 20th May 2017
The second fixture of the Lower (U13s & U15s) Youth Development League took place at the relatively new (2.5 years old) facilities of the Witton Park Arena in Blackburn and saw junior Blue Vests braving the cold and very wet conditions. Despite the atrocious weather, there were some fantastic results with many PBs broken and a great team spirit.
Whilst the official results are still being processed, it is known that the hosts – Blackburn Harriers, won again. BUH&AC finished fifth out of seven overall with a predicted score of 458 points – 10 more than at the previous match in Bury where Bolton finished fourth. That only goes to show how tough a competition the YDLL is.
In the U13 girls, notable results include Julia Winogrodzka and her 11.1s winning the ‘A’ 70m Hurdles race, which is a new PB that tops this year UK ranking and the 4x100m relay team (Velickaite, Williamson, Taiwo, Winogrodzka) winning with a time of 57.0s after their disqualification at Bury for changing the baton too early.
For the U13 boys, a great duo of shot putters – Luke Greenhalgh and Josh Bentley-Hughes, did well sending a 3.25kg shot 6.85m and 4.61m respectively, achieving a second place in both A and B string; Jack Kingdon’s win in the ‘B’ 75m Hurdles with 15.3s was also notable.
The whole U15 girls team put in a great effort, starting with Anna Quinn getting a respectable 47.9s in the 300m and 29.5s in the 200m whilst battling through pain in her thigh, through Heather Cade winning the ‘B’ Hammer with a throw of 18.00m and finishing second in ‘B’ discus (15.84m) and ending with yet another duo of shot putters – Natasha Robinson and Abbie Williams, matching the U13 boys’ double second place with throws of 8.72m and 7.27m accordingly.
In the U15 boys, Blue Vests dominated the sprints. Benjamin To won the ‘A’ 100m with a new PB of 11.6s and Eniola Adedotun followed in Ben’s footsteps winning the ‘B’ heat, also with a PB of 12.3s. Eniola won again with the ‘B’ 200m and a time of 24.5s (PB) whilst Ben narrowly missed out on winning his ‘A’ race by losing by a mere 0.1s, clocking 25.9s. In the 300m, Louie Johnson’s 43.0s and Ruairi Behan’s 43.7s got, yet again, a double second place for Bolton. In the field events, by throwing a 4kg hammer to a distance of 19.92m, Logan Alston-Forrester secured a new PB and second place. The 4x100m relay team (Behan, Adedotun, Johnson, To) easily won with 50.5s – 2.9s over the second team which, in sprinting world, equals to “miles”.
Well done to the whole team:
U13G: Millie Bracey, Ruby Erzan-Essien, Lucy Gettinby, Elizabeth Olude, Lily Philbin, Amy Rossington, Abigail Steele-Lesh, Hannah Swales, Idowu Taiwo, Grace Tonge, Elina Velickaite, Elizabeth Williamson, Julia Winogrodzka
U13B: Harry Aldred, Oisin Behan, Josh Bentley-Hughes, Luke Greenhalgh, James Horrocks, Jack Kingdon, Jason Scaife, Matthew Wilkinson
U15G: Heather Cade, Ciara Gettinby, Molly Illingworth, Helena Lathwell-Watts, Brianna Murphy, Anna Quinn, Natasha Robinson, Megan Twigg, Abbie Williams
U15B: Eniola Adedotun, Logan Alston-Forrester, Ruairi Behan, Louie Johnson, Ben Pickford, Benjamin To