Famous Five as Hunts AC sides advance to final

Hunts AC runner Jasmine Hope

Hunts AC runner Jasmine Hope - Credit: Archant

Five Hunts AC age groups have clinched places in the East Anglian League final.

The Under 13 Boys were the most impressive of the quintet as they qualified courtesy of a third-place finish in their overall standings.

They continued to perform well in the last meeting of the regular season at Cambridge despite only being able to call on four athletes. They might have been under strength, but they certainly weren’t short of quality.

Zac Hope led the way on the track with a fine win in the ‘A’ string 100m race, clocking 13.8 seconds to lower his best by over half a second.

Earlier he had chopped a similar amount of time off his best over 75m hurdles with a 13.5 effort to finish second and enter the top 100 in the national rankings.

Adam Taylor provided another success when sharing victory in the high jump with a 1.25m clearance.

The Under 13 Girls were the next highest-placed of the Hunts AC squads as they finished fourth overall in their age group.

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Under the leadership of Jo Couchman, the girls were the only age group to consistently fill most of the events at each round of the series.

Their victories at Cambridge all came in the field where Hannah Bridges won the high jump with 1.30m, while Ella De’Ath backed her up superbly with a personal best 1.25m to win the ‘B’ event.

Ellen Bullin held on for another win when taking the ‘A’ string javelin by just seven centimetres with 11.63m.

The Under 15 Boys and Under 15 Girls both completed the season in seventh place overall to advance to the final.

James Rice was the star performer for the boys at Cambridge as he sampled hammer success with 23.02m.

Jasmine Hope impressed for a girls side managed by her mother Gemma, as she equalled her own club 100m record with a 12.8 seconds display.

And, just like younger brother Zac, she had earlier competed over hurdles and lowered her personal best.

The middle-distance runners dominated in this section. Shannon Flockhart and Katie Lawrence claimed a 1500m double with ‘A’ and ‘B’ string successes – achieved by 66 and 48-second winning margins respectively.

Hunts AC also ruled supreme in the high jump. Harriet Bruce equalled her 1.45m best to win the ‘A’ event and Callie Leighton set a new best of 1.40m to take the ‘B’ spoils.

The combined Under 17/Senior Women side also advanced courtesy of a seventh-placed finish.

Rachel Sweatt powered past clubmate Siobhan Skinner as they collected a one-two finish in a combined ‘A’ and ‘B’ string 800m.

Ella Blake also caught the eye as she led her 1500m rivals a merry dance.

The finals - which feature the top eight teams in each section - are on September 13 at Bury St Edmunds.