Dacorum & Tring AC’s young athletes outdid themselves this weekend at the SEAA U15 and U17 Indoor Championships, with a host of PBs achieved, medals won and records broken over the two days of action at Lee Valley’s athletics track.
On Day 1, our hurdlers sprang into action with Zoe Carroll leading off in the U15Gs event where she scored a PB of 9.89 to qualify for the semi-final – where she ran another big PB of 9.85.
Marli Jessop (pictured above) was up next in the U17 women’s 60m hurdles, where she qualified for the semis with a time of 9.11. She then ran a new PB and club record of 8.93 to qualify for the final, equalling that time to win bronze, in her first year as a U17 athlete.
Ralph Williams was in action in the U17 men’s event, where he scored a new PB of 8.74 in his heat – breaking his own club record for the eighth time! He went on to post another PB and club record of 8.62 in the final, finishing just 0.09 seconds behind the bronze medallist.
On Day 2 of the Championships, Alex Mancey (U15 boys) and Samad Ibrahim (U17 men) were first up in the 200m, facing very large and strong fields in each age group. Both athletes ran well, with Alex finishing in 26.58 and Samad in 26.14.
On to the 400m, where we had two club members in action: Milly Soanes (U17 women) and Luke Burford (U17 men). Milly took first place in an impressive time of 64.5 in Heat 4 to see her safely through to the semi final, where her time of 66.8, in an extremely strong field, was just outside qualification for the final. For his part, Luke put in a very strong time of 53.8 to finish fourth in Heat 4, qualifying for the semis in 54.2, where, like Milly, he was just outside qualification for the final.
George Dowding took time off from cross country racing to post a solid time of 2.15.02 in the U17 men’s 800m final to finish sixth.
The action in the field was no less exciting. First up were Marli Jessop and Milly Soanes in the U17 women’s long jump. Marli finished a very credible fourth in her first outing in the age group with a PB jump in the final of 5m38, while Milly had a solid leap of 4m31.
Josh Woods (U17 men) rounded off the long jump, taking the first of his two medals of the day with a bronze medal jump of 6m45. Josh then went on to take gold in the triple jump with a mighty jump of 13.41 and was the only athlete in the field to break the 13m mark.
In further action, Alex Mancey won bronze in the U15 boys shot with a putt of 8.36.
The athletes can be very proud of their performances over the course of the two days with plenty of medals and PB’s and some really strong performances that will carry them forward into the next indoor champs and which pave the way for a very strong outdoor season.
Congratulations must go to Ralph Williams who broke the final club record of 2017 and then went on to break the first club record for 2018. Well done, Ralph – and well done all!