A Creditable 3rd Place in YDL Lower Match
There was a very welcome return to the YDL Lower age group league competition at Mile End Stadium hosted by VPTH AC, which ironically was at the same stadium where this competition last took centre stage almost 2 years ago.
In a reduced timetable event due to restrictions with COVID-1,9 the WGEL AC team managers were able to field a strong team in both the U/13 & U/15 boys & girls teams, which was evident at the end of the day when we finished a very respectable 3rd place just behind Basildon AC and not far behind Havering AC:
1) Havering AC - 319
2) Basildon AC - 278
3) WGEL AC - 273.5
4) NEB - 198.5
5) Dartford H - 123
6) VPTH AC - 89
In the U/13 Boys the team had good qualities all around. Thomas Kirkland did the Long Jump and was close to 5m's with: 4m 87cm and 1st place, whilst Leo Everitt jumped a equal 3rd spot with: 3m 49cm. Thomas also competed with Alex Foster in the 75m's and although Alex had to do his race again due to both him and a NEB athlete not hearing the starters gun for a false start he still managed to finish 2nd with: 9.44sec, whilst Thomas did: 10.15sec and 1st in B-String. Oliver Brown ran well in the 1200m to record a PB in 2nd place: 4m 02.85sec and Charlie Whitchelo also with a PB time of: 4m 07.61sec and 1st B-String. Oliver threw his was to a distance of: 14m 41cm in the Javelin with debutant Tristan Dolan throwing: 9m 66cm in the B-String. The team of Leo, Thomas, Cassius (Debutant) & Alex stormed their way to a superb victory in the 4x100m relay in a time of: 54.55sec.
Caitlin Hancock was one of the U/13 girls team that, like their boy counterparts, was also in impressive form. Caitlin did the 75m recording a PB time of: 10.45sec, with Azzura Cioni matching a PB with: 10.59sec in the B-String. Remi Salako & Soraya Yousaf-Purcell followed those two up with N/S 75m races, Remi with a time of: 11.00sec and a PB with Soraya also a PB with: 12.09sec. Natasha Wynn came home in very impressive style in the A-String 1200m with: 4m 01.26sec and Ella Edwards was also 1st in B-String with: 4m 21.82sec. Natasha teamed up with Caitlin in the Long Jump and again another double success in both A & B-Strings respectively, Caitlin with: 4m 28cm & Natasha with: 4m 14cm. In the other field event Amber Higgs-Smith threw: 10m 91cm in the Javelin for 3rd place and Soraya Yousaf-Purcell recorded a distance of: 8m 05cm also for 3rd place in B-String. Like the boys u/13 relay team, the girls were not to be out done and raced home in 1st place with a time of: 56.34sec (Caitlin, Azzurra, Remi & Natasha).
The U/15's had a few more events but were equally up to the task in hand with a few debutants. The boys were lead in the 100m sprints with debutant Marcel Winter with a solid time of: 12.54sec and Omari Paul-Jones also a debutant of: 12.41sec. Josiah Mohammed ran in the N/S 100m and recorded a nice PB time of: 14.08sec. In the 300m this was a new event for both Godwinner Kassa Nkebani & Gregor Samson but both coped well coming home in times of: 42.35sec & 47.85sec respectively. Godwinner was also in action in the 80m sprint hurdles with Gregor, as Godwinner came 3rd in A-String race and a PB time of: 14.59sec and Gregor was also 3rd in B-String with: 17.06sec. Moving on to the middle distance 800m's and Oscar Farthing-Barbero ran very well for 3rd place in the A-String and a PB time of: 2m 09.62sec, whilst Nate Harding was 2nd in B-String with: 2m 14.76sec. In the field events the u/15 boys only had a A-String competitor but Omari Paul-Jones jumped very well in very stiff competition coming 3rd with: 1m 60cm. The Shot Putt see Nate Harding record a PB with: 6m 42cm and Alex Hancock making his shot put debut with 4th place in B-String: m 69cm. Alex also did the B-Stirng discus with: 14m 18cm, whilst Marcel Winter threw: 15m 50cm for 4th place A-String. The boys then rounded their day off with the sprint relays finishing 2nd in the 4x100m (Godwinner, Ethan, Omari & Marcel) with a time of: 48.35sec, and in the 4x300m relay (Gregor, Patrick, Nate & Oscar) came home in a very competitive race time of: 3m 05.40sec.
In the U/15 Girls, like all the rest, some very talented youngsters raring to get going in this new adapted track & field season. In the 100m Rebecca Wright equalled her PB with: 13.32sec, whilst Maia Fisher gained a PB with: 13.50sec. However, the best performance came from N/S Benie Massembo who actually recorded a PB time : 12.95sec which was only beaten by the winner of the A-String race. Maia Fisher & Rebecca Wright dominated the sprint hurdles 75m race both finishing 1st with: 11.57sec for Maia and a PB, with Rebecca Wright also a PB with: 11.88sec.The 300m event saw Lilly Spong (debutant) run well in a time of: 47.82sec and 4th in the A-String, with Eva Kinman recording a time of: 49.13sec and 4th in the B-String race. In the longer 800m's Isabella Worwood was 5th in the A-String race with: 2m 42.94sec, while a courageous effort from Lexi Gobran, who didn't even know she was going to race this event until she arrived, also finished 5th in the B-String with a time of: 2m 47.37sec. The field events see Ciara Falola-Cook leap a very solid: 1m 35cm and Demi Salako equalled her PB height of: 1m 30cm. In the Shot Put Maia & Rebecca teamed up again and Rebecca was 3rd in the A-String with: 9m 94cm and Maia with: 9m's exactly. The Discus saw Demi and the ever willing Lexie debut at this event, with Demi recording a distance of: 13m 09cm and Lexie: 6m 84cm. The girls finished their relays off in fine form with a blistering 4x100m relay race storming to victory in a time of: 51.76sec, nearly 2 secs faster than 2nd place, the team was made up of: (Maia, Benie, Demi & Rebecca). In the 4x300m the team finished well in 3rd place with a time of: 3m 19.00sec (Talia, Lexie, Lilly & Ruby).
This was a fantastic start to what must have seemed like a YDL that would never happen again after such a long lay off. It just goes to show you that all the training the young athletes did during the various lockdowns and now back at full training has certainly paid dividend, well done TEAM WOODFORD JUNIORS.