Southern Athletics League Match 4 Luton Saturday 4th July 2015
Another very successful afternoon for Herts Phoenix senior men and women in their fourth match in this year’s Southern Athletics League, Division 2 East which sees the team move up to fifth place overall in this division. The match was held at Stockwood Park. Luton on a very warm and sunny day in ideal conditions for most of the athletes on Saturday 4th July.
The under 17 men in the team did well in gaining experience competing against senior athletes with Eden Davis winning the “A” string 100 metres race in 11.0 and Beck Grover winning both the 400 metres “B” string in 54.1 and the “A” string 800 metres in 2:01.7. Nathan Burke had a successful afternoon winning the “B” string Long Jump with 5.63 metres and setting a new personal best performance of 11.81 metres in the “A” string triple jump. Peter Townsend tucked in just behind the leader for most of his 1500 metres race before surging strongly over the last 200 metres to win the “A” string in 4:14.9 and Steve Prosser comfortably won the “B” string 4:28.2 and then less than 20 minutes later employing the same tactics Peter Townsend won the “A” 3000 metres steeplechase in 10:45.4 with Steve Prosser winning the “B” string in 11:46.5. Ross Armorgie won the “A” string High Jump competition with a season’s best clearance of 1.85 metres, James Grove had an excellent afternoon winning all threw heavy throws “B” string events despite only having arrived home from a holiday in Ibiza at 6 o’clock on Saturday morning and throws colleague Jason Kingwell set a new pb in the Shot with a putt of 11.62 metres. Aaron Cooper won the “B” string 800 metres in 2:03.5 Jamie Philpott, although still only 16, ran very strongly to finish just two seconds behind the eventual winner in the “A” string 3000 metres in close to his personal best time in 9 minutes 04.2 seconds with Ryan Faulkner winning the “B” string in 9:50.7.
Florence Stansall-Seiler had another outstanding run in the women’s 1500m Steeplechase, leading from the gun she quickly left the other runners in her wake as she knocked a further second off her personal best time despite hitting the final water-jump barrier and falling heavily before completing the race in 5:09.8 beating the second placed athlete by almost a minute.
Under 17 athlete Megan Fielding won her “A” string 100 metres race in 12.9 seconds shortly after coming second in the “B” string Long Jump with a leap of 4.95 metres. Ellie Bandy won the “A” string 400 metres in 58.6 with Senior Team debutante under 17 athlete Georgia McKenzie winning the “B” string in a personal best time of 61.5, she also set a new pb in the “B” 200 metres, coming second in 27.9 with training partner Imogen Walker also setting a new pb to finish 3rd in the “A” string 200 metres in 27.2 seconds, Imogen also set new pb’s in the “B” string Pole Vault with a clearance of 2.50 metres and a throw of 18.95 metres in the “B” string Hammer. Megan Breen won the “A” string Pole vault with 2.82 metres and Laura Armorgie “A” string and Louise Reilyy “B” string won the high Jump competition with clearances og 1.65 metres and 1.55 metres respectively. Louise Oliver won the “A” string Shot competition with a putt of 10.95 metres and Eloise Meakins, with a throw of 45.16 metres easily won the “A” string Javelin and with this throw she also won the Female Athlete of the Match Award, Gemma Armorgie won the “B” string Javelin with 22.60 metres.
New personal best performances were achieved by Elizabeth Parry 800 metres in 2:32.0, Abigail Griffiths Long Jump with 4.05 metres and Triple Jump with 9.80 metres and Laura Armorgie Shot Putt with 7.53 metres.
Match result : 1st Herts Phoenix 210 points, 2nd Ashford 177 points, 3rd St Albans 164 points, 4th Luton 161 points.
Several of the Club’s athletes will be travelling to Gateshead this weekend to represent Essex Schools – Laura Armorgie and Zoe Benton and Hertfordshire Schools – Ben Lloyd, Eden Davis, Robert Green, Sophie Segun, Megan Fielding and Florence Stansall-Seiler in the English Schools Track & Field Championships.
Under 20 athlete Hannah Williams has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia later in July and in September will travel to Samoa to represent England in the Commonwealth Youth Games