Very few Herts Phoenix athletes were able to compete in the second Youth Development League (YDL) Upper Age Group (UAG) match held at Melbourne Park, Chelmsford last Saturday 16th May which unfortunately was the day before the main Hertfordshire County Championships, despite this the team of just 10 young women and 5 young men had some excellent individual performances with several of them taking the opportunity to compete in two, three and even in one case four events. Inevitably with so few athletes the team finished the match in seventh place with just 162 points.
However, on a positive note there were excellent performances by Florence Stansall-Seiler who easily won the under 20 women’s 1500 metres steeplechase improving her personal best by almost six seconds to 5:10.8, Laura Armorgie recorded a season’s best clearance of 1.73 metres to win the under 17 women’s High Jump and Zoe Benton won the under 17 women’s 300m Hurdles in an excellent 45 seconds meaning that all three young women have achieved the National Standard set for English Schools.
Under 17 athlete Erin Breen won her Pole Vault competition and Eleanor Moss came second in the under 20 women’s Javelin. Megan Breen competed in all four throwing events setting a new personal best in the Hammer with 18.64 metres. The rest of the women’s team was made up of 4 relatively new members Lola Cook, Natasha Walton, Mos Enaigbe & Georgina Anderson who competed very well to gain valuable experience of higher competition and earning additional points and setting new personal best performances.
Robert Green won the under 17 men’s 400m Hurdles with a new personal best time of 56.8 seconds and Conor Martin threw close to his season’s best to win the under 20 men’s Javelin with 52.71 metres. In his first competition at this higher level under 17 Remi Catchpole ran a strong 800m to smash his PB by 5 seconds in recording 2:19.8. Alex Washbourne ran in the under 17 men’s 100m, 200m and 400m setting a new PB in the 200m. Scott Webster took 2nd place in the under 17 men’s High Jump with a clearance of 1.80 metres.