Cold winds fuelled Spenborough success
By Jake Darby
A cold day at Doncaster wasn't going to stop team Spen
The first YDL of the year saw the lower YDL team travel to Doncaster on what turned out to be a very dull windy day. Thankfully we had many excellent performances from our athletes to help cheer the mood.
Starting with then under 15 boys, Bayleigh Lawton swept the floor in the sprints with first place finishes in the 100 metres, 200 metres and trying the 300 metres for the first time and also finishing in first. James Bell and Reuben Byfield both tackled the hurdles, with both clearing them all with James finishing second in his race and Reuben winning his. James furthered his success with a second place in the shot putt and a massive 15cm personal best in the high jump. Reuben continued his day with an impressive 200 metres to finish second and jumped his way to a third place in the long jump. Matthew Dalton also competing in the long jump and landing his way into second place, followed up with a strong run to finish in a well-deserved second in the 1500 metres after winning his race in the 300 metres a little while before. First timer and Birthday boy Lucian Dent took the throws by storm with a first place in the javelin and a third place in the shot putt as well as an inspiring run in the 100 metres.
In the under 15 girls Lily Croughan gave a mesmerising performance in the field with a first place in the discus, a second in the shot putt and rounded off with a second in the javelin. Another first timer joined the ranks as Alexandra Stocks took on the hurdles and hurdled her way to a third place finish, as well as two excellent runs in the 100 and 200 metres.
The success carried on with the under 13 girls squad. To start with it was very pleasing to have an athlete in nearly every event possible and some athletes trying new events for the first time. Olivia Myers started the day off with a win in the hurdles after flawlessly running the race, followed by a first try at the high jump successfully clearing multiple jumps and finished off with an excellent sprint in the 75 metres. Estelle Williams built on last year’s successful season with two impressive run in the 150 metres and the 800 metres as well as going on to give the javelin a go for the first time. Sophia Foulger also returned from a successful season last year and an impressive winter cross country season to claim third place in the 1200 metres as well as strong throws in both the shot putt and the javelin. Emily Sharp made her first appearance in the YDL with two powerful runs in the 75 metres and the 800 metres as well as bringing out the muscles in the shot putt for a first try. The duo of Lauren Dalton and Caitlin Murray against their own thoughts were key players in our success on the day with key performances picking up points in the long jump and trying out the 75 metres. Lauren went on to sprint her way to a fourth place finish in the 150 metres again scoring key points while Caitlin successfully tackles the 75 metre hurdles again picking up points for the team.
Pleased to say we raised two relay teams, through the under 13 girls and the under 15 boys. Both teams successfully got the baton round without fault, with the under 15 boys in a tight race to pick up a second place finish.
Well done to all the athletes who took part especially to those trying new events or even trying competing for the first time.
As always I extend thanks to our wonderful team of officials, the weather was horrendous for you all, hopefully next time we will get a bit of sun.
1 Lincoln Wellington AC 422.0
2 Doncaster AC 280.0
3 Spenborough & District AC 169.0
4 Bingley H & AC 129.0
5 Grimsby + Louth © 100.0