Athletics season in full swing for Yate and District

August 30 2016

It’s been a busy month on the athletics track with leagues coming to a conclusion and local competitions hotting up.

It’s been a busy month on the athletics track with leagues coming to a conclusion and local competitions hotting up.

In the upper age group of the Youth Development League at under-17 and under-20 level Yate & District AC is part of Team Avon. Their athletes are currently competing in the Premier Division of the League and as the Voice went to press, were top.

Excellent performances from local athletes at the Yeovil meeting fell just short as Cardiff proved too strong. Stand-out performance from a Yate athlete came from Yvette Westwood in the under-20 sprints. Her times of 12.27 in the 100m and 25.29 in the 200m were too good for the opposition.

In the men’s 400m Josh Snook and Ben Wells won both A and B races in fine style. Josh has been threatening to break the fifty seconds barrier for a while now and he came home in 49.75 secs. Ben had to fight harder in his race but his time of 53.3 secs was good enough to win the points.

The top division of the Midland League has been on a knife edge all summer with just a few points separating Cannock, Rugby/Northampton, Stoke and Bristol/Yate. 

Wins were hard to come by with Birchfield Harriers out in force and the other clubs determined to do their best. Most impressive on the track was Yvette Westwood in the women’s sprints winning the 100m in 12.2 secs and second place in the 200m. 

Adam  Brooks in the high jump also triumphed for Yate with a winning height of 1.95m, close to his personal best. He came within a whisker of the magic 2m when he knocked off the bar by the slightest touch.

In Exeter, a number of youngsters were strutting their stuff on the South West stage. The numbers of outright winners was impressive in a fiercely competitive meet. Under 13 Luke Ball’s 4.83m leap in the long jump was enough to win the gold medal and his 1.43m in the high jump secured silver. 

All rounder Jack Moore concentrated on high jump and was rewarded with a gold medal with a jump of 1.83m. He also went home with a silver medal in the 100m hurdles. There was a win for Liam Hillier in the triple jump with a new personal best.

Willa Gibb secured a national ranking for fifth when she showed her class over the 70m hurdles with a time of 11.6 secs.

The sprinters were not to be outdone and Jess Fraser gained two personal bests in the 200m (25.87 secs) and 300m (41.5 secs) gaining a silver and a gold medal. Nathaniel Mitchell won both 100m and 200m. His times of 11.67 secs and 23.4 secs demonstrated his potential.

James Viner took second in the discus and fourth in the shot. Toby Conibear took silver in the hammer with a throw of 38.07m.

The local Avon Track and Field League is for eight local clubs and is generally hard-fought over four meetings between Yate & District, Bristol & West and Team Bath. With just one meeting to go Yate and Bath are nip and tuck ahead of the competition.

The main news of the day at the second meeting at Gloucester was of two Yate under-15 athletes. Nathaniel Mitchell joined the club less than a month ago but here he showed real class in winning both the 100m and 200m races. His times were exceptionally good for an under-15 boy, 11.4 secs in the 100m and 23.4 secs in the 200m, good enough to break the league record.

Another record was broken in the under-15 girls high jump. Emily John broke the club record for the event with her winning jump of 1.60m, a full 12 centimetres ahead of her nearest rival.

Jack Moore in the 400m hurdles won in a time of 61.1 secs showing a good deal of promise to go with a long jump of 5.41m.

The Lodge family were much in evidence in the field events with dad Mark taking part in the hammer and the javelin He was out thrown on the javelin by son Luke, with a throw of 40.18m. Youngest son Sam competed in the long jump.

The third meeting at Yate was disrupted by absentees however Yate athletes still had much to celebrate as there were winners on the track and field. The final match in September promises to be a tight affair.