Havering have to settle for third in Southern League opener
PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 April 2017
Youngsters impress for understrength squad
Havering’s senior Southern League team battled to a third-place finish as their summer season got under way in breezy conditions at Stevenage on Easter Saturday.
The women were short-handed as a number of regulars were missing due to a clash with Zoe Young’s wedding and other commitments, so called on the under-17s to fill the gaps.
And the youngsters did so in style, with a new club under-17 triple jump record for Mayi Hughes, who opened her season with a record breaking 11.52m and extended this further to a winning 11.61m, the third longest jump ever by a club female.
Hughes also won the B high jump and was second in the javelin, while three other under-17s making their league debuts also scored well.
Jade Kavanagh was second in the 200m, and third in the long jump, while Rosie Brown was second in the discus and Philippa Gill was second in the B javelin, third in the shot and fourth in the hammer, throwing the senior implements for the first time.
There were four senior women in action and the industrious Bethan Siddons took victory in the high jump (1.65m), and was second in the long jump, triple jump and hurdles.
Vicky Smith claimed a fine win double in the 1500m and 3000m, while Lucy Bailey was third in the 100m but failed to finish her hurdles speciality after hitting a barrier badly mid-race.
Clare Davies was third in the 800m, while under-20s Katie Dawson, Amy Baggs, Georgia Phillips and Emily James added points in the 200, 400, 800m, 1500m and shot.
The sprint relay squad of Bailey, Hughes, Dawson and Kavanagh were a close second and the 4x400m quartet of Dawson, James, Davies and Phillips placed third.
For the men, Rob Warner was a runaway winner of the 5,000m and runne- up in the steeplechase and Shandell Taylor’s last round long jump winner edged out teammate Alex Law who won the B string.
Taylor was also third in the high jump and Law added shot and javelin points, while under-17 Nathanael Adeniran marked his league debut with second in the B high jump, and fellow under-17 Euan McDonnell impressed in the non-scoring high jump.
More B string success came on the track as Nathan Steele (100m), Lewis Bailey (200) and Matt Owers (400m) all scored full points in their events.
Fraser Boston had a busy day placing second in the triple jump and third in both 200m and 400m and contributing legs to both relays.
The sprint relay team took the honours as Boston, Taylor and Steele were joined by Matthew Agnimel who anchored the team to victory, while Agnimel and Boston also combined with Finn Hutton and Matt Owers in the second placed 4x400m squad.
Hutton had earlier dipped under two minutes again in placing third in the 800m and James Stewart was third in the 1,500m, while Ian Anthony gave strong support to Warner and Stewart with second and third places in the 5,000m and 1,500m.
Paul Kavanagh scored in the B 800m, as Kieran Riddell improved his 400m hurdles best for third and tackled the pole vault where he was second, and super veteran Stuart Tufton was third in the A string pole vault.
Michael Duncan set a new personal best for third in the discus and added shot and hammer points and Ed Brinton-Quinn was second in the B discus and third in the B hammer.
Sam Harrison completed the line-up with third in the A javelin and Havering will be hoping for a much improved turn-out and result in round two which they host at Hornchurch Stadium on Sunday May 21.
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