The first meet of the YDL Upper took place on Sunday, 29th April. Unfortunately we had a rather depleted squad with only 9 athletes across all four age groups. That being said for the athletes we had overall it was a very good day. We started the day very well and it was a shame we couldn’t call quits after the first 6 events as we had picked up four firsts. Two first places in the hammer for Jake Darby and Connor Bell started the day well. Followed by a comfortable win in the 400m Hurdles for Molly Waring. Olivia Reah had her first try at the hurdles and impressed with a first place finish. We continued to pick up points throughout the day, starting in the under 20 women’s Molly Waring scored high points in the 200m, 400m and long jump as well as her earlier win in the hurdles. We also hadJess Hirst from Halifax second-claiming for us. She threw her way to a first place in the Hammer and a second place in the shot as well as a comfortable win in the discus. In the under 20 Men’s Jake Darby followed his Hammer win with a second place in the shot and some decent throws in the javelin and discus. To the under 17 women’s where Olivia followed up on her win in the hurdles with a great run in the 300m just missing out on a pb on top of a comfortable win in the triple jump to gain a pb. Mia Butler has her first run on the track at the 3,000m and carried her strong winter season onto the track as well as good jumps in the long jump. With the under 17 men’s there were impressive runs from both Ben Wilson andJacob Pollardin both the 100m and 200m as well as good jumps from the pair with Jacob in the long jump and Ben in the triple jump. Daniel Smith narrowly missed out on a pb in the 400m with a great race to claim second place, he also carried his form into his 800m to run a seasons best and also having a first try at the shot put and getting a very respectful 7.24m. Connor Bell carried his form from the hammer win to claim first place in both the discus and shot with some rather excellent throws. We could only field one relay overall which was the under 20 men’s relay consisting of Pollard, Darby, Smith and Wilson who got the baton round faultlessly in a good team effort to claim second place. Thank you to all the athletes who turned up and competed, as well as all the officials who came along on a freezing cold day to help the club.
We do need more athletes to compete in both the YDL Lower and Upper as we do have a lot of empty slots, so if you’re and under 13, 15, 17 or 20 and a fully paid member why not try competing this summer. The league is always fun with no pressure on athletes so you can go out and try your best and score some points for the team while having an enjoyable time at competing.