Yate's Athletes in international action

September 01 2017

Yate's Athletes in international action

While all eyes have been focused recently on the World’s top athletes Yate’s athletes have been in action internationally themselves.
Yvette Westwood represented England (Midlands) in the Welsh International in Cardiff where she ran in the 200 (25.02) and 100m (12.19) achieving second place in both races. Jack Moore represented Wales in the high jump at the Celtic games in Dublin gaining a bronze medal with a jump of 1.85m.
Team Avon, consisting of young athletes from Yate & District, Bristol and West and Bath – did well to reach the regional final of the Youth Development League. And everyone was looking forward to welcoming the best young athletes from across the Midlands to the Yate track. The weather, however, had other ideas, and for only the second time in many officials‘ memory, the match had to be abandoned after only forty events. League rules say that the result can stand provided that thirty events have been completed.
Yate athletes distinguished themselves in a variety of events. Perhaps the performance of the afternoon came from Ellie Leather in the under-20 3000m. She finished over 30 seconds clear of the next woman in a personal best time of 10:39.90 seconds, remarkable considering she had to run most of the race on her own. There was also a win for Ellie Hobbs in the 1500m, achieving a good time of 4:55.66 seconds, and for Molly Jones in the 80m hurdles. Georgia Taylor will have been pleased with her 400m time of 61.49 seconds.
Josh Snook had a good afternoon in the under-20 men, coming second in the 200m and winning the 400m by a good second ahead of the Cornish athlete. Josh’s aim is to beat fifty seconds and he came agonisingly close in 50.03 seconds just three hundredths of a second short. Jack Joynson won the under-20 triple jump with a leap of 13.29m and Tyler Molton took second in the hammer with a throw of 45.70.
Adam Brooks finished the under-20 high jump with a jump of 1.90m, a full ten centimetres better than the second athlete. It can surely only be a matter of time before he clears the magic two metres. His brother, Daniel, along with Nathaniel Mitchell, carried the under-17 sprints. In the 100m Daniel finished second in 11.03 seconds and Nathaniel third in 11.71 seconds. In the 200m, by which time the rain was hammering down, Nathaniel took second in 23.30 seconds and Daniel third in 23.15 seconds.
The Avon Track and Field League is a chance for local athletes to try out new events or to work on their best events. There have been two meetings in the last month and Yate & District finished top in both.
Two Yate & District AC athletes excelled at the latest meeting. Both are still under-13, so offer terrific potential for the club.
The 800m is a popular event so to beat the record is a real achievement. Seamus Robinson romped home in 2:18.2 secs to break his own league record by over half a second.
Luke Ball, also an under-13 boy, already holds the league records for long jump and 75m hurdles. On Sunday, he added the high jump record to his tally, clearing 1.61m. The high jump is notoriously the event that always ends in failure, but for Luke adding this record to his name was a real achievement. He also won the 75m hurdles in a time close to his record.
Hammer throwing has a long tradition in the Yate club, now blossoming again under coach Matt Spicer. Matt and long-time colleague Eugene Lawlor dominated the senior event at the July meeting, with Eugene taking the honours. His throw of 41.21m was less than thirty centimetres ahead of Matt’s second placed throw of 40.94m. A similar partnership is developing in the under-15 boys, where Toby Conibear and Owen Merrett are making a habit of taking honours. Toby’s throw of 48.07m was close to his English Schools’ performance. Owen’s throw of 31.52m was good enough for second. With another year’s growth and training, Owen should make big strides in this event.