The day started with a third place finish for Olivia Myers in the under 13 girls who knocked over a second off her Pb. Which was then followed by the under 15 boys where James Bell claimed victory nearly knocking a second of his Pb and Reuben Byfield claimed victory in the B string where he knocked a second off his Pb.
Olivia Myers continued her day equalling her Pb in the High Jump to finish second in the B string. Joining Olivia in the High Jump was Estelle Williams who jumped herself to a third place finish, along with a strong run to finish third place in the 800 metres. Emily Sharp returned to the team after she soldiered through a fractured wrist at the York meeting, coming back stronger throwing her way to second place and to a Pb in the Shot Putt and a Pb in the 150 metres and a third place finish in the 800 metres.
The Pb’s kept flowing with Megan Beal running a Pb in the 75 metres and a Pb in the shot to be victorious in the B string Shot Putt before going on to a first try at the Javelin. Also in the Javelin was Sophia Foulger, who claimed a victory in the 1,200m B string with an impressive run, along with a first try at the Long Jump all to extend Team Spen’s points total for the day. Joining the team again this year was Isabel Toher, who also ran in the 1,200m in a Pb time to be the victor in the A string, before going onto jump a Pb in the Long Jump. Lauren Dalton joined the team again, running two strong races in the 75 metres and 150 metres to help extend Spenborough’s point tally for the day.
Bayleigh Lawton of the under 15 boys finished the YDL season undefeated with two first places in the 200 and 300 metres, knocking over 2 seconds off his 300 metre Pb. James Bell continued his winning form in the hurdles with a victory in both the High Jump and the Hammer Throw. Lucian Dent continued his season’s good form with a Pb run in the 100 metres, followed by a third place and a Pb throw in the Javelin along with a first try at the 800 metres to finish in second place. Matthew Dalton did not only beat his 1,500 metre Pb but smashed it by nearly 20 seconds to finish in second place! He carried this form on by increasing his Shot Putt Pb by over 70cm for a third place finish, as well as a season’s best in the Long Jump.
Also in the Long Jump following his early Pb in the Hurdles was Reuben Byfield who jumped his way to fourth place and ran an impressive race to finish third place in the 200 metres. Oliver Midgley joined the team once again, running a tight race in the 300 metres to just nick second place, along with a first attempt at the Javelin for yet another second place. Elliot Hoyland joined the team for his debut, where he comfortably won the 800 metre B string, threw his way to second in the discus with only half an hour total coaching time at hand, followed with a third place in a speedy 100 metres.
Onto the under 15 girls, where Alexandra Stocks returned to the team running a Pb in the 100 metres to claim a third place finish in the 100 metres B string, along with a third place finish in the A string 200 metres. As well as the 100 and 200 metres, Alexandra also had a first try at the Shot Putt where she finished second in the B string. In the A string Shot Putt was Lily Croughan, who comfortable threw herself into second place, a Pb throw put her into first place in the Discus to be topped off with a victory in the Hammer Throw. Tilly Bowen joined the team again to equal her Pb in the 100 metres and be the victor along with two first tries at the Javelin and Long Jump to finish second and third, respectively. Deeya Mahi joined the team for her debut, another of the debut squad making their mark this season with an impressive 2oom run finishing with a Pb and a first place in the B string, along with two first tries at the Javelin and Long jump to pick up two third place finishes stacking up Team Spen’s point tally.
We ran four relays in total! The under 13 girls 4x100 relay team of Myers, Williams, Dalton and Toher faultlessly navigated the baton round in third place, as did the under 15 girls team of Croughan, Stocks, Mahi and Bowen to also finish in third place. The under 15 boys fielded both relays with Midgley, Bell, Dent and Lawton of the 4x100 metres team finishing in second place, which was followed by the 4x300 relay team of Byfield, Dalton, Hoyland and Lawton running his second relay of the day, piloted the baton to another second place finish.
By far our best point total of the year accumulating 316 points, with our highest before the day being 223.
A big thank you to our officials for all their help this season across both YDL Upper and Lower, as much as the athletes play their part for the team, the officials also massively aid the team’s point with this year officials point section and help extend Team Spen’s success!
What a season we have had, across the four meetings, we’ve had a great team spirit at every meet with great support from the athletes cheering on their team and the parents who travel along to the matches with support us on and off the track and field. Many athletes returning from last year as well as new face joining the team throughout the year.
From myself and on behalf of Emma and Dom, thanks to everyone involved in the YDL this season it’s been a great season, now time for a rest before we go again next season!
A big thanks to Emma Dyson who hung up her team manager’s clipboard at the end of this season after many years and countless hours of hard work for the team to make sure the events run smoothly!
Now the scores on the doors for the match:
1. Lincoln Wellington AC- 463.0
2. Doncaster AC- 386.0
3. Spenborough AC- 316.0
4. Bingley H & AC- 231.0
5. Grimsby + Louth- 148.0
1. Lincoln Wellington AC
2. Doncaster AC
3. Spenborough AC
4. Bingley H & AC
5. Grimsby + Louth