BASILDON AC’s Mae Bullman was the star of the show as her team finished third at the latest Eastern Young Athletes League meeting.
Bullman jumped her way to a brace of under-17 A-string wins in the triple jump (10.39m) and high jump (1.60m).
Also in the under-17 women’s, there were A-string wins for middle-distance runners Gemma Archer-Haley (800m, 2m 28.6s) and Isobel Ives (1,500m 4m 48.2s) and for javelin thrower Rachel Ayres (31.14m).
There was a B-string win for Meg Rapley (triple jump, 9.75m) and a double win for Kiera Tippett (1,500m 5m 06.3s & javelin 23.24m).
Olivia Bullis went close in the hammer (38.18m) where just a metre separated the top two throwers.
In the under 17 men’s section, there were impressive wins from Dan Ashley (800m 2m 07.4s), Michael Shields (100m hurdles 13.4s) and Kristian Brown (javelin, 45.59m).
B-string wins came from Matthew Ashley (400m, 57.3s) and Lewis Beard (100m hurdles 14.2s). Jay Omokanjuola was close to A-string wins in the 400m (54.6s) and long jump (5.71), whilst Bradley Hart leapt very close to a win in the long jump B-string (5.20m).
The under-15 girls celebrated A-string wins for Zoe Stannard (300m, 44.4s) and Chloe Ayres (javelin 26.69m).
An impressive sprint double from Katie Short (100m/200m; 13.1s/26.5s) , Ciara Tierney (discus 13.98m) and Devon Matthews (javelin 22.26m) provided the B-string wins while Sophia Mullings went very close in both 100m & 300m A-string races (12.6s & 26.5s).
The under-15 boys had an A-string win for Joe Wakerley (1,500m 4m 29.1s) with B-string wins from Basildon newcomer Jack Broadbent (80m hurdles 12.8s) and Mitchel Cox (javelin 29.66m).
Tom Starling’s huge 5.69m leap in A-string long jump just missing out by once centimetre, while Dan Mitchell’s 12.2s in 200m B-string missed out on a win by just 0.1s.
Newcomer Ryan O’Connell impressed in the 100m and 300m (11.8s & 38.5s).
In the under-13 girls there was an A-string win for Evie Howe (long jump 4.26m) and a second place in the 200m (28.6s).
There were B-string wins for Chloe Jordan (70m hurdles 12.8s) and Emma Ramsden (200m 29.6s) while Caitlin Fowler was a close second in the A-string 800m (2m 48.7s) and Rebecca Ashley second in the B-string shot (5.91m).
The under-13 boys saw only one A-string winner, Oliver Lill who won the 800m in 2m 25.8s).
There were seven second places in their respective strings, including Daniel McGill (1,500m 5m 38.5s), George Hill (75m hurdles 14.9s & long jump 4.09), Chris Hex (high jump 1.25m & shot 6.39m), Jack Eaglestone (long jump 4.31m) and Aaron Cummins (discus 15.18m).
LEVI CAUSTON AND GABRIELLE QUIGLEY BREAK CLUB RECORDS
CHELMSFORD won the Eastern Young Athletes League fixture on their home track helped greatly by south Essex athletes – two of whom broke club records.
Canvey’s Levi Causton went over 60m for the first time in his life to win the under-17 boys hammer competition.
His club-record distance of 60.01m ranks him fourth in the country.
Causton has just moved to Chelmsford from Basildon and another thrower who has made the same swap is also impressing.
Rayleigh’s Gabrielle Quigley has also broke a club under-15 hammer record and her throw of 39.97m moved her further up the club rankings.
Quigley also recorded a PB in winning the under-17 shot (11.32m), and scored a first place in the discus (33.15m) to complete a hat-trick of wins, and finish as the highest points scorer in the team. The feat was particularly remarkable as the wins came in the under-17 category with Quigley still an under-15.
Mayflower School’s Connie Forman won the long jump with a leap of 5.28m which propels her into the top 10 in the country while she set a 100m PB of 12.8s.
FitzWimarc School’s Jessica Down threw a new PB to win the under-15 girls shot (10.23m), while Laura Runciman was second in the hammer (32.48m) and won the B-string shot (8.85m).
Laura’s brother Robert won the 80m hurdles (12.0s) and was second in the 200m (24.1s).