Mon 16th May 2022

Day 2 results from a soggy Portsmouth

Well the weather couldn't have been more different as torrential rain dominated all but the very start and the very end of day two of the County track & field champs in Portsmouth but it didn't put a dampener on performances where once more WADAC athletes continued to shine.

Starting once more with the senior women, Shelley Parr (self coached) took silver in the women's discus. For the Senior men, Sam Adams (coach Tony Bateman) was 6th in the 100m final.

For the U20 women, Hannah Foster (coach Nick Anderson) took silver in the 3000m and Emily Weeks (coach Gary Bettridge) was 4th in the 1 lap hurdles. Mali Belward (coach Elias Mtshweni) won pole vault silver and Grace Colmer (coach Andy Fisher) added the long jump gold to the HJ title she won yesterday. Amelia Gordon (coach Martin McBriar) took bronze in the discus and sister Jasmine (coach Martin McBriar) did the same in the javelin.

Turning to the U20 men, Ben Schofield (coach Nick Anderson) was 2nd in the 2K steeplechase treating the crowd to a bomb at the last water barrier and Sam Clifton (coach Jeremy Clifton) won the hammer.

For the U17 women, Mia Judd (sprint coach Gary Bettridge) and Jemima Sullivan (coach Andy Fisher) were 5th and 8th respectively in their 200m heats where Grace Weeks (coach Gary Bettridge) was 3rd in the final taking home a bronze medal to go with her sprint hurdles gold the day before. WADAC athletes took a podium filling 1-2-3 in the 300m hurdles with Abi Belward (coach Andy Fisher) taking gold ahead of Emma Shedden (coach Gary Bettridge) in 2nd and Carys Jeffries (coach Andy Fisher) in 3rd place. The same outcome happened in the long jump where Amy Wall (coach Andy Fisher) took gold ahead of Mia Judd (jumps coach Tony Bateman) with silver and Millie Cutts (coach Andy Fisher) taking bronze, Jemima Sullivan was 8th. Erin McBriar (coach Martin McBriar) took gold in the discus and Abi Belward took home her 5th medal of the championships with bronze in the javelin. Performance of the day however came in Kingston at the Surrey County champs where Arabella Wilson (coach Andy Fisher) ran a euro U18 champs qualifying time of 60.64 secs in a 400m hurdles won by Olympian Jessie Knight.

For the U17 men, Sebastian Holman (coach Dave Sherry) was 5th in his 100m heat and Luke Rodgers (coach Dave Sherry) and Max Turner (coach Andy Fisher) were 5th and 6th respectively in the 100m final. In a closely fought 400m final Fabio Ali-Fogarty (coach Mark Upton) was 4th but Ollie Withers (Coach Andy Fisher) overtook Alex Beck (coach Mark Upton) down the home straight to claim another WADAC 1-2 on the day. Will Atkins (coach Nick Anderson) was 3rd in the 1500m final ahead of training partners James Lewis & Stan Parkinson (both trained by Nick Anderson) who were 6th and 10th respectively. Sam Mballa (coach Heather Sheffield) went over 11m to win the triple jump but star of the show for this age group on the day was Charlie Elford-Pond (coach Eric Davison) who broke the championship record to win the hammer and took silver in the shot putt.

The U15 girls took home their usual bagful of medals with the performance of the day in Portsmouth coming from Poppy Taylor (coach Nick Anderson) who won a thrilling 800m on the line smashing the club record in doing so. Katie Pugh (coach Paul Cox) & Amelie Gill (coach Nick Anderson) both missed out on the final coming 4th and 6th respectively in their heats. All 5 girls made it through to the semi-finals of the 200m where Isobel Jordan & Chloe Poore (both coached by Andy Fisher) didn't start but Bethan Bewick (coach Gary Bettridge) was 7th in her semi. In the final yet another WADAC 1-2 was recorded with training partners and good friends Lucia Bertacchini & Gracie Osman (both coached by Andy Fisher) took gold and silver. Gracie had earlier took long jump gold ahead of Lucia in 6th, Hattie Nott (coach Paul Cox) in 8th, Nyima Sanyang (coach Andy Fisher) in 9th and Isobel Jordon in 13th. Bethany Mballa (coach Heather Sheffield) and Abi McBriar (coach Martin McBriar) recorded yet another WADAC 1-2 in the discus and places were reversed in the javelin where Abi took the title and Bethany was 3rd. In Somerset high jumper Lois Moore (coach Andy Fisher) smashed her pb with a fine jump of 1.59m.

Turning to the U15 boys, Felix Bowyer (coach Paul Cox) and Joel Stanton (coach Andy Fisher) just missed out on the final coming 3rd and 4th in their heat. Oliver Wye (coach Mark Upton) however took bronze in the final. Zac Reynolds (coach Andy Fisher) was 2nd in the 300m final and Ruben Price (coach Nick Anderson) was 3rd in the 1500m final ahead of Ethan Skipwith, Seth Noott & Casper Wilson (all trained by Nick Anderson) who were 6th,7th & 8th respectively. Sam Wilkinson (coach Nick Anderson) was 7th in his heat. Joel Stanton & Daniel Parr (coach Martin McBriar) were 5th and 6th in shot putt but Sam Nicholson (javelin coach Martin McBriar) recorded a new pb to win the javelin ahead of Zac Reynolds in 4th, Ned Scott (coach Martin McBriar) in 5th and Daniel Parr in 7th.

Finishing with the youngest age groups for the U13 girls, Lily Flute (coach Andy Fisher) added the 200m title to the 100m title she had won the day before. Ava Cassia (U13 academy) was 8th in the 800m. Lily had earlier won her 4th gold of the championships in the long jump where Suzanna Ord (coach Paul Cox) was 4th and Amber Price (U13 academy) 10th. Darcey Thorne-Henderson (coach Martin McBriar) took silver in the discus.

For the U13 boys Iosu Harfield (coach Paul Cox) was 2nd in a terrific 800m final with Luke Furby (U13 academy) coming 8th. Oliver Foden and Tom Savill (both coached by Paul Cox) were just outside the medals in 4th and 5th respectively in the 1500m final. Sam Evans (coach Andy Fisher) won the first of two golds on the day in the U13 boys hurdles where Tom Price (U13 academy) took the bronze medal. Sam's 2nd gold came in high jump where Tom Pate (U13 academy) was 4th.

The championships were the most successful in the clubs history and if you include medals won at the multi-events and quad kids champs meant a total of no fewer than 43 golds, 31 silver and 25 bronze medals. Congratulations to all the coaches involved but most of all to the athletes themselves who have worked so hard for their success. Well done to those finishing out of the medals, many of whom will have recorded PBs and be back in the same age group next year.

The club would like to thank the organisers of the event and the countless volunteers particularly the officials without whom it could not have taken place and it was heartening to see so many athletes thanking the officials after their events.

The club will produce an infographic roll of honour showing the name of every medallist which will be displayed in the pavilion building next to the track but in the meantime results can be seen through the link below.