ATHLETICS: Hunts AC excel in East Anglian League opener
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Hunts AC enjoyed an electric start to the East Anglian League season.
The club’s young talents roared to 24 individual victories, set 103 new personal bests and gained overall honours in two age groups in their opening fixture at Peterborough.
Captain Julian Priest led by example with 100m (11.3) and 200m (22.8) triumphs as the Under 17 Men roared to glory.
Thomas Smith enjoyed a discus (32.06m) and hammer (26.90) double out in the field in that age category. He now sits in the top 50 of the national rankings in the discus.
Spencer Trewin also provided success in the triple jump with a 9.83m leap before teaming up with Priest, Brandon Alves (earlier the 100m ‘B’ string winner) and Jake Bycroft for 4-100m relay victory.
The Under 13 Girls provided the other team triumph for Hunts AC as they shared top spot with Nene Valley Harriers.
Caitlan Burke displayed quality and versatility to win the ‘A’ 1,500m (in a personal best of 5.40.9) and the ‘B’ high jump (thanks to a clearance of 1.20m).
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Tamzin Digpal-Race completed a high jump double with a 1.35m leap to win the ‘A’ event while Willow Bedding sent the shot out to 7.17m for more ‘A’ string success. Both of those efforts were personal bests.
There were plenty of impressive Hunts AC performances in other age categories as well.
Lizzy Harrison stormed to ‘A’ string 100m victory against older opponents in her first year in the Under 15 Girls bracket. She finished in 13.4 while Ella Reed took the ‘B’ race win in 13.5.
Harrison and Reed then joined forces with Lucy England and Macy Taylor to take the 4-100m relay in 53.7.
Shannon Flockhart was a double-winner at Under 17 Women level. She followed up her 800m triumph in 2.16.2 by stepping out of her comfort zone to win the 300m in 43.1.
Ayo Opaleye was the leading Hunts AC performer in the Under 15 Boys section with high jump (personal best of 1.63m) and triple jump (just outside his own club record with 11.50m) ‘A’ string wins.
Joel Isaac also provided two ‘A’ grade successes for the Under 13 Boys – taking the 75m hurdles in 15.9 and clearing 1.30m in the high jump.
Tom Waterworth slashed almost eight seconds off his personal best with a winning 800m ‘A’ race display of 2.29.9 in that age group.
Joey Croft was another 800m ‘A’ victor as he breezed clear in 1.58.0 to win the Senior Men race.