A fantastic day at the Lower YDL in Leeds
Joe Green writes-
Last Saturday the YDL lower age-group team travelled to Wakefield for the second match of four. We hoped to improve on the fourth place achieved in Match 1 and towards the end of a very long, sunny day we were in third place behind Preston and last season’s national champions, Sale. Unfortunately some of our lower-scoring events were still to be recorded and the final situation was very disappointing as we had slipped to sixth place. Only 12 points separated 3rd and 6th and these would almost certainly been gained by our pole-vaulters if their competition had not been cancelled. We are now in joint fourth place with Harrogate and Leeds but ahead of both on match points. Absentees on the day obliged some of our athletes to perform in less familiar disciplines but we managed to score points in every event. The team spirit was particularly evident in the U13 Boys where only six competitors managed to fill all the gaps. Mark Sestan led the way winning the B hurdles and coming third in the 800m and shot for a total of 19 points. Also on 19 points was Kelsey-Lili who came fourth in the hurdles and second in the 75m and LJ in the U13 Girls events. In the same age –group Ava Barrett scored 18 points.
The highest total was achieved by Tom Whiteley in the U15 Boys competition. He finished second in the Shot and Hammer and won the Discus for a total of 23 points. Ben Wallace produced another set of great performances in the U15 sprints and would have won both if a stricter adherence to the rules had been adopted by the track referee.
Other impressive performances included Matthew Keenan in the U15 Boys 300m[42.29secs] and Ben Grantham in the U13 Boys 800m[2.33.13]. Both have another year in their respective age-groups.
Perhaps the outstanding performance of the day came in the U15 Girls 800m. In a very closely-fought race Ellen Mary Kearney finished second in an English Schools qualifying time of 2.16.66 and in doing so broke a very long –standing club record.
Our next match in this competition will be on Sunday, 17th June in Ellesmere Port. Let’s hope that our young athletes will give their fathers a reason to be proud on their special day!