IOW Athletics Club – Wessex League Track and Field
A team of young athletes aged 9 – 17 from the IOW Athletics Club traveled to Southampton recently for the first Wessex Track and Field League Match of 2017, many of them competing for the first time at a mainland competition.
The Under 13 age group was made up of Jay Spooner , Reuben Reeves, Jacob Patey, Adam Atkey , Noah Patey, Hugo Dubery,, Tristan Northard , Henry Mathias, Jessica Heng, Callie Jacobs, Maisey Kent, Lily Barclay, Mia Stillwell, Lili Jay Boon, Eadie Sollars, Kathryn Button and Naomi Holdsworth. Most of these athletes achieved Pbs in one or more of their events, in particular Naomi Holdsworth who ran an excellent 1200m to finish 3rd in a time of 4:15.8 and Noah Patey in the 1500m. This was the beginning of a run of long distance achievements over the day.
The Under 15 team consisting of Cory Swinfield, Felix Dubery, Ben Timmons, Noah Ainslie, Campbell Laird, Charlotte Sollars, Katie Butler, Tilly Butler, Maisie Witty, Charlotte Despard, Milly Bacon, Eden Canning, Eloise Atkey, Mabel Lewis and Ellie Lovett also produced some excellent performances over the course of the day with Ellie Lovett achieving pbs in both her Discus 23.57m and Javelin 22.27m and both Mabel Lewis with excellent runs in the girls 1500m with a pb time of 5:17.5 and Campbell Laird winning the boys 1500m in a pb time of 4:41.5.
The Under 17 team did not disappoint with the team of Thomas Timmons, Henry McLuckie, Ben Holdsworth, Mollie Butler, Millie Williams, Ellie Bacon and Lucy Drover . Henry McLuckie continued with his excellent performances winning the 1500m in a pb time of 4:12.9. Ben Holdsworth went on to win the discus and earned pbs in both the 400m and 800m respectively along with teammate Thomas Timmons also achieving a pb in his 800m. Lucy Drover won the 80mh, whilst Mollie Butler came 3rd in the 100m, Ellie Bacon 2nd in the 800m and Millie Williams achieving pbs in both the 1500m and Long Jump.
Under 20 athletes were also able to compete on the day with Charlie Button , Holly Whitter and Angel Harrison taking part for the island and producing again a string of excellent performances throughout the day.
The IOW Team finished 4th overall against strong opposition from Southampton, Woking, Wimborne, Weymouth & Dorchester and Newbury Athletic Clubs. This was a great start to the track season and the athletes are now focusing on their training for the remaining 3 matches along with the Hampshire County Championships taking place in May.
Under 11 – Quad Kid Team – IOW Athletics Club
The Under 11 (Quad Kid Team) was made up of 14 girls and boys aged 9 and 10. This was the first time most of the young athletes taking part in this team had ever been to the mainland or even competed for the island. The team of 6 boys and 8 girls competed against the 5 other teams and took part in 4 disciplines, 75m, 600m, vortex and long jump. The athletes are awarded points for each discipline and after all 4 events they are totalled up to give the final result. There were outstanding achievements on the day from this team in particular, Joseph Roberts who ran the fastest time of the day in the boys 600m in a time of 1:54.7 and Arthur Attrill who threw the furthest vortex of the day with 32.22m. The boys team finished 1st overall with the girls finishing in 6th place. With the points added together the joint girls/boys team finished in a very commendable 3rd place. Joseph Roberts finished in 1st position at the end of the boys competition on the day with Arthur Attrill close behind in 3rd position overall. A great achievement from both.
This young team consisted of Joseph Roberts, Arthur Attrill, Ollie Elford, James Leek, Jack Lloyd, Hadley Downer, Liberty Marshall, Eva Mitchell, Georgina Owen, Charlotte Jenkins, Jessica Spencer, Bella Matthias, Jessica Henderson and Ruby Matthews.
IOW Athletics Club
Under 11 Coach/Manager