Oxfordshire Track & Field League Round 1 Report

Published: 10 May 2022

Oxfordshire Track and Field League, 01 May 2022

The QuadKids were in top form again with some great performances this past weekend. A jaw dropping 27 PBs were achieved! Wow! Of all the clubs attending, Oxford’s team certainly showcased the best turnout with the highest number of athletes competing on the day.

Let’s start with the boys who claimed top spot with a whopping 863 points – over 100 points ahead of Abingdon, their nearest rival.  Among all the clubs and all the boys competing, only three athletes managed to bring in scores above 200 and all three of them were … wait for it … wait for it … Oxford City athletes! Well done to Michael Emmanuel who was top of the leaderboard with 257 points across his four events. Next in the queue with an impressive total of 214 was Angelo Jones, who managed to toss a new PB in the vortex on the day (25.88m). And in third place overall was Jacob Spencer with 209 points, who also took home two new PBs (LJ 3.33m and vortex 28.53m). Impressive stuff, boys! Well done!

The U11 girls matched the boys, claiming top spot. Hester Pinnell ranked number 1 in the Oxford team with 2 PBs, and the highest girls team total for the first time – 3rd place overall! Grace McCulloch came a close second with 2 PBs, one in the 75m and another recorded for her astonishingly good LJ: 3.26m, the second furthest jump of all the U11 girls on the day. Well done Grace! Grace’s performance landed her 4th place overall. Isabella Conway was our only U9 athlete, and with strong performances in all three events, she took 3rd place overall.

Over to the Junior athletes … Numbers were a little low because of exams and the Bank Holiday, but in spite of this, it was another strong showing for the OCAC Junior athletes. The U13 and U15 girls claimed top spot on the day, and the U17 girls weren’t far behind, nudged into second place by Witney by a mere 4 points! The U15 boys also claimed top spot with an impressive 126 points (their nearest rival scored 96) and the U17 boys took second place.

What follows is a summary of the days results.

A strong showing in the U13 girls 100m, with Lucy White in first place and Jessica Tosti running a new PB. Esme Duncan won the 200m, and Miliyana Miles came through with the second fastest time on the day. Chloe Gwilym took the bronze in the U13 girls 800m and Sylvie Kentish took silver in the U13 1500m. Well done to Dana and Evalyn Fisher who laid down the fastest times in the U13 hurdles. In the long jump, Lucy White and Jess Tosti leapt to victory with the two furthest jumps on the day. Well done girls! Miliyana Miles took silver in the high jump, but only on account of count back. Her 1.26m height matched the winning jump! Sylvie Kentish and Eve Walker put in great performances in the shot put again, and Eve registered a good distance in the discus as well – the third furthest throw on the day. Joyce Ligeti-Pretorius managed to chuck the javelin a respectable (nearly) 12 m, despite having an ankle injury. Well done to Ava Dowman and Isla Anderson who were oozing confidence before their race and put in very impressive times in the 300m.  Isabella Haines Gray recorded another G4 time to win gold in the U15 800m, and Emily Channon wasn’t far behind to take the silver. In the 1500m, Florence Salmon and Beatrice Burrows ran the second and third fastest times of the day. Florence Wootten took gold in the 75m hurdles, and Amelie Wardell topped the leaderboard in the B squad to take bronze overall.  The four U15 girls (Flo, Amelie, Isla and Eden) then blew away the competition in the 4x100m relay! Well done to Libby Brown who upped her PB in the high jump by an additional 5 cm. Onwards and upwards, Libby – next target is 1.35m! Throwers were sadly lacking in the U15 age group – something we really need to get on top of. Volunteers anyone?

In the U17 girls, congratulations to Ellen Walker-Smith who recorded the second fastest time in the 100m on the day, and followed up this performance with a new PB in the LJ, again taking the silver. Hollie Offord took home the bronze (overall) in LJ with a jump just 6cm beneath her PB. Congrats also to Elena Deleval Alemany who fought a hard battle and took silver in the 200m. Payton Carter prevailed in the 300m and took home bronze in the javellin, while Tamsin Tewson took gold in the 800m. Lily Martin was a throwing dynamo again in both the shot and discus, retaining her titles in both and matching her G3 standard. Bronte Bennett also recorded a good throw in the discus, placing second.

On the boys side of things: well done to Ben Jackson who was neck-in-neck in the 100m and 200m and claimed silver in both. William Potts ran a very strong 300m and Euan Lewis blew away the competition in the 800m before soaring to a respectable 3rd place in the high jump. Harry Cann leapt to victory in the U15 LJ. Adam Bennett and Oli Thurston were one-two in the U15 boys shot put, and Adam breezed to victory in the discus and was second in the javelin. At the end of the day, the boys relay team (Ben, Peter, Jarryd, and Oli) pipped Witney to the post to claim victory in the 4x100m.

Moving on to the older boys: Well done to Ben Straughan who, despite battling a back injury, placed 2nd in the U17 high jump and also battled it out in the 100m and 200m. And thank you to Connor Legg, Jonathon Davies who both threw well in the U17 shot, discus and javelin, earning OCAC valuable points.

Report by Jennifer Cottrill

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