07:30PM, Thursday 10 January 2019
Athletes from all points of the compass put their winter training to the test in the WSEH AC Open Graded Indoor Meeting at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre on Sunday.
Some 40 WSEH athletes were among the competitors and many of them produced exceptional results.
International Alex Haydock-Wilson won the senior men’s 60m sprint in a personal best (pb) of 7.02seconds, while Marcel Hodge won his race in 7.62secs. Jump specialist Olly Carroll showed his turn of pace to come third in 7.90 and Rakesh Sagu was second in the later race in 8.93.
Kaif Rizvi also clocked a best time to come second in the u17s race in 7.40, with James Badham also placed second in 7.74. Deman Gumbs came second in the u15s boys race in 8.14, with Jack Stauton also pipped into second in 8.60.
Harriet Jones held off Hanna Jones for first and second place in the ladies race, finishing in 7.83 and 7.84 respectively. Vet 35 runner Jessica Armah was also second in the next race in 7.95.
Best of the u17s ladies was newcomer Taliah Headley-Jones, who won her race in 8.75. Top performer in the u15s age group was Chanel Lovelock, second in 8.76 with Anns Babis third in her race in 8.62. Sampda Sharma won her event in 9.24. Taliah Headley-Jones won again in the u17s 60m hurdles in 10.75, with Demara Gumbs second in the u13s girls’ event in 11.50.
There was more success for WSEH’s Abraham Melbourne who vaulted 3.60m to win the u20s pole vault in a new pb, while Jack Staunton repeated that feat to win the u15s event with 2.40m. The same height was cleared by Megan Marrs who was third in the u17s ladies event. Best of the WSEH high jumpers was Rachel Melbourne, third in the u20s event with 1.45m.
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