Sweatt shines as Hunts AC find the going tough in the Southern Athletics League

Rachel Sweatt starred for Hunts AC in their latest Southern Athletics League fixture.

Rachel Sweatt starred for Hunts AC in their latest Southern Athletics League fixture. - Credit: Archant

Rachel Sweatt was the star turn for Hunts AC in their penultimate Southern Athletics League fixture of 2016.

Sweatt collected two ‘A’ string victories at the Lee Valley track in London thanks to a seasonal best in one event and a terrific debut in another.

She clocked her quickest time of the year in the 800m with 2:23.83 before blowing away her rivals to take the 1,500m steeplechase in a time of 5:50.01 as she sampled the race for the first time.

Jodie Vuylsteke was another impressive performer as she backed up Sweatt by taking ‘B’ honours in the 800m in 2:31.43 before also taking up a new test to great effect.

Vuylsteke took second spot in the ‘B’ string 400m in 1:02.37 to shoot straight to the top of the Hunts AC club rankings in her first attempt at the distance.


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Two other triumphs arrived in the field and both were provided by Bob Ellingham.

He collected the ‘A’ string discus honours with a 28.61m effort and took top spot in the ‘B’ hammer with 34.09m.

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Neil Bulman threw 39.18m in the latter event to take second spot in the ‘A’ category and move to the top of the club rankings.

Hunts AC finished fourth overall out of six competing clubs and will complete their Southern Athletics League campaign at Battersea on August 20.

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