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Stunning Result for Hants Teenagers in Regional Sportshall Finals at Burgess Hill, on Saturday, 09 Feb 13

Stunning Result for Hants Teenagers in Regional Sportshall Finals at Burgess Hill, on Saturday, 09 Feb 13, with wins for U-15 Girls & U-13 Boys - both of which won the right to compete in UK Final at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, on Sunday, 07 Apr, and runner–up spots for U-15 Boys and U-13 Girls – the County’s best ever performance at this level


Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) contributed Athletes to both Age Groups, with Isobel Gray and Richa Snell in the winning U-15 Girls’ Team, and Glen Foster & Josh Goble in the runner-up U-15 Boys, with Kathryn Burroughs & Emma Froome in the U-13 Girls. They were competing against teams from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and Sussex.


The U-15 Competition required each athlete to compete in 1 track race, and 2 agility tests/throws (Shot (S), Standing Long Jump (SLJ), a 30 Second Speed Bounce (SB), with Standing Triple Jump (STJ) for boys but Vertical Jump (VJ) for Girls, as well as combining for an 8-Lap Parlauf  (P8) and a 4x2 Lap Relay.


a.             The Boys.  The team of 6 comprised Adam Jones & Joseph Wales (Southampton), Aaron Howard  (Havant), Glen Foster & Josh Goble (WADAC), and Leslie Amft (Portsmouth).  Adam, who came second in 2-Lap (22.7secs) and third in STJ (8.24m), led our scoring (129 pts-4th) ahead of Joseph, third in 4 Lap (48.7 secs) and fourth in Speed Bounce (83 repetitions) (126pts-5th). Close behind came Aaron, with a fourth in Shot (9.95m) - (104 pts-12th) followed by Glen with sixth in both SLJ (2.46m) and SB (80 repetitions) - (98 pts - 18th). Then came Leslie, with a seventh in 2-Lap (23.4 secs) (84pts -26th) and Josh with a seventh (and PB) in STJ (7.34m), (79pts -30th). Hampshire, after a first place in the P8 (70pts) and third in the 4 x 2 Lap Relay (50pts), gained a total 577 pts, behind winners Surrey (654), ahead of Sussex (494), Kent (473), Berkshire (423), Oxfordshire (396), and Buckinghamshire (364). This was a good team effort, and may yet prove strong enough to earn a place in the UK Final as best Regional loser.


b.             The Girls.  The team comprised Millie Cavanagh & Katya Oldfield (Southampton), Evie Grice (Portsmouth), Isobel Gray & Richa Snell (WADAC), Izzy Bryant & Hollie Garrathy (Mountbatten). Millie led our scoring with first in 4-Lap (52 secs), second in S (10.87m) and fourth in SLJ (2.32m) (142 pts – 1st ) , followed by Evie, first in SB (90 repetitions) and fourth in 4-lap (53.2 secs) (119 pts – 8th). Closely behind in (10th = for 110 pts) came Isobel (fifth in Shot, and a PB, 9.02m)  &  Katya (fifth in 4-Lap (53.8secs). Then came Izzy , with a third in 2-lap (24.8secs), (109 – 13th), followed by Hollie, sixth = in SLJ (2.26m), (92pts- 19th). Although not competing as an individual, Richa contributed to the second place 60 pts in the P8 which, together with the first place 70 pts for the 4x2Lap Relay, took the Girls to an unassailable, but narrow, lead of 611 pts, ahead of Kent (602), Surrey (601 points), Berkshire (463), Buckinghamshire (417), Sussex (330), & Oxfordshire (306 points).


The U-13 Boys’ and Girls’ Team Competition proved equally competitive this year, with the Boys inning comfortably and the Girls coming a close second (having been UK Final Winners in 2012).  With a team maximum of 12 athletes, competing in pairs across a range of 9 events (Boys had only 8 this year), individuals were able to compete in one track event, one field event and one relay. The Boys’ High Jump (HJ) was cancelled this year as a Hampshire athlete broke his wrist in 2 places and was taken to hospital, from which he has since been successfully discharged.


a.             The Boys’ match was well won by Hampshire (645 pts) with Surrey second (562), Berkshire third (465), Sussex fourth (448), Kent fifth (398), Oxfordshire sixth (246) and Buckinghamshire seventh (212). Individually, the lowest scoring place was a single tenth place out of a possible 16 for each event, with eight top 3 places. Southampton produced Ben Upfold (1st in 6-lap), Sam Bridges (2nd in 2-Lap and VJ), Hayden Seaman (3rd in SB), Reiss Jarvis (3rd in 4-Lap), Lyndon Olowe (3rd in VJ), George Rosam (5th in STJ), and our 2 unfortunate High Jumpers, Harrison Fry & Josh Nash.  From Team Kennet came Cory Burton (1st in SLJ) , Mountbatten Obed Bekoe (3rd in STJ),  Andover Jula Evans (4th = in SB), and Bishopstoke, Adam Richards (5th in S). The team also came first in the 4x1-Lap Relay, Obstacle Race (OR) & P8, and third in 4x2-Lap Relay, for an outstanding total of 260 “team event” points.


b.             The Girls’ match was narrowly won by Surrey (547 pts), with Hampshire second (533), Berkshire third (522), Sussex fourth (459), Oxfordshire fifth (456), Kent sixth (411) and Buckinghamshire seventh (326).  From WADAC came Kathryn Burroughs (1st & PB in HJ) and Emma Froome (1st and PB in S), and, from Southampton, Ellie Hodgson (1st in 2-Lap & SLJ), Hannah Griffith (3rd in STJ), & Jade Clements (13th in HJ). From Portsmouth came Gaia Osborne (2nd in S), Bobbie Davies (7th in 2-Lap), Grace Kelly (8th = in SB), Maisie Grice (9th in 6-Lap), & Seren Hawkes (13th in 4-Lap & SLJ) with Holly Mills (3rd in 6-Lap) from Andover and Sophie Feist (12th in VJ) from New Forest Juniors. Despite a first in 4x2 Relay, second in 4x1 relay, & third in P8, their sixth in the OR unfortunately lost them the winner’s spot, with only 200 team points against the winners’ 220 pts. This, also, could qualify them for the UK Final as the best Regional second placed team.


Let us, for the moment, enjoy the success of our winning Girls’ U-15 and Boys’ U-13 teams, as we did 3 years ago, and wish them all every success on Sunday, 07 April 2013, at the NEC, Birmingham.  Full results for this competition and the Final will be available on the Sportshall Associates Aviva website, for those who want to collect the complete breakdown. Let us not forget to look forward to the same competitions next year and offer our thanks to Sportshall Associates who run these competitions in conjunction with Aviva, whose sponsorship of Sportshall UK-wide ceases at the end of this year’s competition, for support of Indoor Athletics.

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