ATHLETICS: Hunts AC talents teach rivals a lesson with fine showing in Cambridge University outing
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Hunts AC produced some big numbers thanks to a series of huge performances in the penultimate round of the East Anglian League.
Members of the local club racked up 23 victories, achieved 69 personal bests and increased the tally of new club records set in 2017 to 95 at Cambridge University.
There was also team success for the Under 13 Boys squad as their strength in depth proved decisive in an event where they only claimed one ‘A’ string win.
That came from Ollie Francis with a high-jump clearance of 1.35m while the quartet of Joel Isaac, Toby Skinner, Jamie Abel and Tadi Nyajeka triumphed in the 4-100m relay.
English Schools’ silver medallist Julian Priest starred for the Under 15 Boys. Priest, who sprinted to a 200m silver medal in Birmingham, won the ‘A’ string race over that distance and also took the 100m.
Joe Purbrick also competed on the national stage the previous weekend and excelled with a hat-trick of wins back at league level. He won the 80m hurdles ‘A’ race, the ‘B’ version of the 100m and the ‘B’ long jump – the latter success achieved with a personal best of 5.38m.
Priest and Purbrick then joined forces with Ayo Opaleye and Elliot Mortimer, who previously won the ‘B’ string 80m hurdles, to take the 4-100 relay.
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Thrower Thomas Smith enjoyed an ‘A’ string double in the field. He sent the hammer out to 22.00m and produced a 30.58 discus effort.
The Under 15 Girls delivered their best performance of the season when being pipped to victory.
Issy Wilkins (A) and Charlotte Watson (B) completed an 800m double in that section.
The Under 13 Girls were without a number of key athletes due to injuries, but they still claimed five victories.
Emma Hart provided two of them with Emily Hart taking ‘B’ string shot putt and ‘A’ string discus honours. Willow Bedding added the ‘A’ string shot putt spoils while Tamzin Digpal-Rice (‘A’ string high jump) and Macy Taylor (‘A’ string 100m) also excelled.
Tom Waterworth and Nigel Coleman were the two athletes to set new club bests. Waterworth knocked seven seconds off the previous Under 11 Boys 600m with a time of 1.48.4 while Coleman lowered the 80m figure in the same age group to 11.2.
The last East Anglian League meeting is at Bury St Edmunds on August 20.