ATHLETICS: Record-breaking New Year’s Day exploits from Hunts AC talents

Hunts AC athletes at Lee Valley are, from the left, Yinka Opaleye, Ella Reed, Julian Priest and Ayo

Hunts AC athletes at Lee Valley are, from the left, Yinka Opaleye, Ella Reed, Julian Priest and Ayo Opaleye. - Credit: Archant

The new year began with a bang for Hunts AC - thanks to five club records in the New Year Open Meet at Lee Valley.

Rising sprint star Julian Priest led the way with a hat-trick of Under 17 bests when competing in that age group for the first time.

Two of them came in the 60m where he bettered Gian Zicchi’s previous record – which had stood for 12 years – with efforts of 7.25 and 7.18 seconds.

Priest completed his treble when clocking 23.26 seconds for the 200m to better Andrew Bullimore’s previous mark which had stood since 2005.

Ella Reed also excelled in that event. She clocked 28.61 to set a new Under 15 Girls mark for the 200m.


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Yinka Opaleye was the other record-breaker as he knocked close to half-a-second off the club’s veteran 60m mark with a fine time of 7.95 seconds.

His son, Ayo, also performed well with times of 8.05 and 8.10 for the 60m, and 27.53 for the 200m.

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