ATHLETICS: Owen is the sprint King again and Katie gets it Wright with a fine double for Hunts AC

The Hunts AC squad who took part in the latest Southern Athletics League fixture are, back row, left

The Hunts AC squad who took part in the latest Southern Athletics League fixture are, back row, left to right, Matt Gough, Owen King, Charlotte Murie, Derek Darnell, Sandra Acton, Charlotte Bruce (official), Tracy Burton (team manager), Mia Fairbrother-Burton, Stephen Amos, Steve Burke, Yinka Opaleye, Richard Phelan, front row, Seb Darnell, Amelia Darnell, Aleta Fraylich, Luke Clifford, Eleanor Phipps, Sandra Pedley, Rebecca Clifford and Bob Ellingham. - Credit: Archant

Owen King roared to a Southern Athletics League sprint double as he continued his successful comeback last weekend.

The Hunts AC speedster collected 100m and 200m ‘A’ string successes in times of 11.5 and 23.2 seconds respectively.

King, who missed the whole of 2016 due to a hamstring injury, was well supported by Matt Gough, who won the ‘B’ race over 100m. The 16 year-old clocked his fastest ever time of 11.6 seconds in the process.

Dave Connell was an emphatic winner of the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 10:25.6 – only a third of a second outside his own club veteran’s record.

Ty Farrer gained a ‘B’ triumph over the same distance, but without the barriers. He completed the 3000m in 9:58.6 to register a 20-second personal best.


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Stephen Amos and Jamie Francklin collected ‘A’ and ‘B’ successes respectively in the triple jump.

Amos’ 11.89m leap was just three centimetres short of his personal best while Francklin soared to 10.87m – 23 centimetres further than his previous top effort.

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There was also a Hunts AC clean sweep in the women’s pole vault courtesy of Sandra Pedley and Eleanor Phipps. They both cleared 1.90m.

Katie Wright collected a first 400m success when taking the ‘B’ race in 62.9 seconds and followed it up with a 29.8 seconds performance to take the ‘B’ prize over 200m.

Mia Fairbrother-Brown provided the other Hunts AC victory with a 7.31 effort in the ‘B’ string shot putt.

Hunts AC finished third overall on the day, 14 points behind winners Watford Harriers.

Their next Southern Athletics League fixture is at St Albans on June 17.

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