Youth Development League Upper Age Group at Medway Sat 18th April

Walton AC U17/U20 Match Report – 18th May – Medway Park

We kicked off our first YDL league match of the 2015 season at Medway Park, which saw many newcomers to the club and some great Personal Best performances, with two 1st place finishes in the U17 Mens 400m Hurdles. Calum Beauchamp won the A string race in a PB of 61.6 seconds. Mark Jacoby won the B string with a time of 71.2, also a PB and his first race in senior competition.

Whilst the 400m Hurdles was going on, Euan Traynor and Sophie Mace picked up 2nd and 1st place respectively in the field. Euan jumping a PB of 5.75m in the U17m long jump, and Sophie throwing 12.41m in the U17w Shot.

Back on the track was the 1500m, Adam Watts starting things off for the U20’s coming 4th with a PB of 4:34.9. In the U17 race we had two new comers to the club and the sport, Lewis Mann and Isaac Mammen. Lewis came won the A string running a best time of 4:41.3, and Isaac came 2nd for the B string with a PB, running 5:13.6.

In the field, Sophie Mace won the women’s hammer with 51.23m, a few cm shy of her PB of 51.42m.

We then moved onto the 100m races which saw three newcomers to the club; Mathew Wettach, Liam Bushall, and Jamine Balloch all pick up PB’s in less than ideal conditions for sprinting. Mathew ran 13.2 for the U20m A string, Liam 12.9 for the B string U17m and Jasmine 14.5 for the U20w. The event also saw a 3rd place for Joe O’Connor, his first year in the U17 age group, pick up a PB of 11.6.

Joe also threw a PB in the U17m Javelin, scoring 21.56m and picking up second place.

In the 400m, with had A and B strings in both age groups; Matthew Pharaoh and Ed Hunter picking up 5th and 3rd place respectively, with Matthew running a PB in the event. The U17’s had Calum Beauchamp in the A, picking up second in 55.4, and Kieran Allinson also came second with 59.2, taking a huge chunk off his previous best.

Next up was the men’s 3000m – which saw only two runners for Walton, Edmund Hunter in the U20 A string, and Jake Wakeling (also his first competition for Walton) representing the U17’s. Edmund picked up a 4th place with 10:53.9 and Jake took 3rd with a PB of 11:17.5

Jamie West was up next in the field, taking part in the U17m Shot, throwing a PB of 8.64 and came 3rd. Jamie also ran a PB in the U17m 200m B string with 25.6, coming 3rd. Joe O’Connor came a closed 2nd in the A string with 24.6, and Mathew Wettach finished our representation in the 200m with a PB 27.3 in the U20 A string.

Next up for Walton was Euan Traynor in the U17 Triple Jump – he won the event with his 1st attempt, jumping a new best of 11.76m.

We had full representation in the mens 800m, which saw Matthew Pharaoh take 5th in the A and Adam Watts win the B with a PB (2:14.5) for the U20’s. The U17’s both picked up PB’s with Charlie Feinson taking 3rd in the A (2:11.1) and Cameron Chisholm take 2nd in the B (2:15.3).

Whilst all that was going on, Sophie Mace won the women’s discus with 44.10m.

Edmund Hunter, having already done the 3k, then took 2nd place in the U20m 2k Steeplechase with 8:09.1.

Next were the Relays. The U17m quartet of O’Connor, Bushall, Allinson, and West won the 4x100m with 49.2secs and the 4x400m team of Allinson, Mann, Jacoby, and Feinson picked up 2nd place.

We finished the day 3rd overall (special mention to the Traynor’s, Mace’s, Andrew, and Sharon, who’s contribution picked up the necessary points to firmly secure the position).

A great start to the season. Well done all who took part!