ATHLETICS: First places racked up and club records slashed as Hunts AC enjoy home success

Dave Connell of Hunts AC.

Dave Connell of Hunts AC. - Credit: Archant

Hunts AC delivered a dominant home display to take Southern Athletics League victory last Saturday.

The local outfit were convincing winners at their St Ives track when piling up 290 points to slam a field featuring runners-up Braintree, Newham, West Norfolk, Highgate and West Suffolk.

And no-one was more impressive than Dave Connell, who posted two new club records during a terrific individual contribution.

Connell took victory in the ‘A’ string 3000m steeplechase in a new Hunts AC veteran’s best of 10.21.0 – a performance which came little more than an hour after he had lowered his own club mark when taking second place in the ‘B’ string 3000m in 9.32.8.

Ty Farrer was also successful in the 3000m steeplechase as he took the ‘B’ race while teenage duo Owen King and Matt Gough were both victorious over 100m.

The other male success came in the field as Neil Carrington produced an 11.54m leap in the ‘A’ string triple jump.

There was also a double record-breaker on show in the female ranks as Joe Abel starred in the jumps.

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Her winning effort of 9.10m in the ‘A’ string triple jump bettered the club’s previous best, which belonged to Sharron Kenyon, by a huge 60cm. It also lifted her to sixth in the W40 national rankings for the event.

Abel had earlier taken third in the ‘A’ string long jump in a new Hunts AC veteran ladies’ best of 4.38m.

There was further triple-jump success courtesy of Lydia Thomas, whose 7.37m effort won the ‘B’ string competition, and Sandra Pedley provided another record with a 2.05m clearance to land the ‘A’ string pole vault spoils. She now sits fifth in the W50 national rankings in that discipline.

Younger members of the Hunts AC squad were seen to good effect on the track.

Jodie Vuylsteke – ‘A’ string in a personal best of 60.7 – and Aleta Fraylich – who clocked 69.8 in the ‘B’ race – provided a 400m double.

Lucy Waller enjoyed a successful first outing in the 400m hurdles with ‘B’ race glory while Kelly Crawford made a winning 5000m debut in 20.41.1