YDL Lower – Match 4

Saturday, 15th July 2017

The fourth and final fixture of the Lower (U13s & U15s) Youth Development League took place at Ashton-under-Lyne today, with Bolton’s NW2 divisional status on the line. In wet and gloomy conditions, BUH&AC’s juniors put their all into the competition, with some entering unfamiliar disciplines.

In the U13 girls, great effort was put in by the whole group amassing a whopping total of 131 points, well above any other team in this category. Impressive results include Julia Winogrodzka and her clean sweep of a maximum 30 points winning all her A string events (20.5s for 150m, 11.6s for 70m hurdles and 5.07m in the long jump) and Porscha Johnson winning her B hurdles race with a time of 12.3s, subsequently finishing second in the B 150m (21.9s) and another second place in the A high jump (1.25m). Also noteworthy was Abigail Steele-Lesh’s 3.80m winning the B long jump (new PB) and 1.25m in the B high jump for Ruby Erzan-Essien, securing first place and a new PB. By throwing the 2.72kg shot to a distance of 6.18m, Lucy Gettinby claimed a new PB and third place in the A string, whilst Elizabeth Williamson’s 5.78m was enough to win the B group. It was all topped up by a win in the 4x100m relay with a time of 57.2s. (Steele-Lesh, Williamson, Johnson, Winogrodzka).

For the U13 boys, sprinting duo Jack Kingdon and Jake Harwood managed a double-second place in the 100m A & B races with 13.9s and 14.2s respectively – an achievement duly repeated in the 200m with times of 28.7s and 29.9s. In the shot put, Luke Greenhalgh got a new PB with his 7.87m long throw, only narrowly – by 9cm – missing out on a win.

The heavily depleted U15 girls’ team (sadly only 4 athletes whilst at least 8 are needed to seed all events) have put in all they got in order to get as many points as possible. Ciara Gettinby and Beryl Maffo Nghogeh both got new PBs in the 100m sprint with times of 13.6s and 14.0s accordingly – enough for fourth and second place in A and B strings. Ciara also finished second in the A 75m hurdles race, timing 12.3s. Natasha Robinson finished second in the A shot put (8.59m) and a PB of 20.22m in the A discus was enough for fourth place. Heather Cade won the B discus with a throw of 15.57m.

In the U15 boys’ category, similar to the younger male team, it was the sprinters that led the way. Benjamin To and Eniola Adedotun together put in a quadruple win by winning A and B races in both 100m and 200m – 11.7s + 24.2s for Ben in A races and 12.2s + 25.7s for Eniola in B heats. Ben also added a silver in the A discus (25.15m, new PB) and Eniola was third in the A 80m hurdles race (13.6s). Hakeem Oguneye won the B hurdles with 14.2s whilst Jack Horrocks’ 18.20m in the B discus got him second place. Unsurprisingly with having such great sprinters, the 4x100m relay team (Ruairi Behan, Adedotun, Horrocks, To) finished first with a time of 51.0s.

Unfortunately Bolton finished sixth on the day, which means a tie with Macclesfield in league points on 11 points each. However, a difference of 24 on match points (1755 for BUHAC and 1779 for Macclesfield) means relegation to the lower league. Blackburn and Menai achieved promotion to NW1 whilst today’s hosts – East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC finished last and were relegated alongside Bolton.

Team Manager Kamil Winogrodzki was nonetheless proud of the team’s efforts and congratulated the whole team:
U13 Girls: Phoebe Alston-Forrester, Ruby Erzan-Essien, Lucy Gettinby, Porscha Johnson, Amy Rossington, Abigail Steele-Lesh, Elizabeth Williamson, Julia Winogrodzka
U13 Boys: Oisin Behan, Joshua Bentley-Hughes, Luke Greenhalgh, Jake Harwood, James Horrocks, Jack Kingdon, Jason Scaife, Ethan Wallace
U15 Girls: Heather Cade, Ciara Gettinby, Beryl Maffo Nghogeh, Natasha Robinson
U15 Boys: Eniola Adedotun, Logan Alston-Forrester, Ruairi Behan, Jack Horrocks, Hakeem Ogunneye, Ben Pickford, Benjamin To