WSEH AC had 17 athletes competing at the National u23s and u20s championships in Bedford over the weekend. A number of them emerged as national champions, with three others claiming silver medals and one taking bronze.
Star performer was Temi Ojora, who won the u20s ladies high jump with a leap of 1.80m.
She went on to take another gold in the triple jump with 13.08m.
Her brother Tade Ojora took silver in the u20s 110m hurdles in 14.02secs.
There was more success over the u23s women’s 400m hurdles where Marcey Winter took gold, while Tyri Donovan won the silver in the u23s men’s event in 51.96secs.
Morgan Lake successfully defended her u23s high jump title, winning gold with a clearance of 1.92m. Another WSEH medallist was Jodie Smith in the u20s high jump. She claimed silver after a personal best leap of 1.72m.
WSEH athletes were also prominent in the throwing events, where Jake Norris won the u20s hammer with 70.91m and Bayley Campbell grabbed silver with 70.25m.
Amy Herrington was another hammer champion after throwing a new pb of 62.47, to win the ladies u23s competition.
The club’s sole bronze medal went to Alex Haydock-Wilson who ran a new personal best of 47.39 in the u23s 400m.
WSEH’s successful track season continued on Saturday with a second placed finish in the UK Athletics Youth Development League match in Bournemouth.
Team Dorset AC claimed a convincing victory but WSEH were the next best of the six clubs in competition.
In the u15s boys competition Zac Richardson set a new personal best in finishing second in the 100m A race (12.2) while Hassan Homadi won the B race in 12.3. Satvik Nath followed that with a second place in the 800m in 2.12.7 while Ethan Scott (4.22.1) and Oliver Lewis (4.46.5) were runners up in the 1500m.
Best of the jumps came from Jack Staunton, who won the pole vault with 2.80m. The throws were also dominated by WSEH athletes with maximum points gained in the shot, discus, hammer and javelin events. Chris Williams won the A string hammer with 38.17m – a new pb. Finley Moore took the B string with another new best of 30.23m. The two combined again to deliver top results in the discus, and surprise win of the day came from sprinter Zac Richardson who won the shot with 9.23m. Finley Moore returned to win the javelin A event with 45.66, while Alex Stirzaker produced a new pb of 31.88, to win the B event.
There were a couple of third placed finishes for Liana Williams (12.7) and Anna Babis (13.2) in the u15s girls 100m.
Charlotte Dewar and Natalie Camp powered clear of their rivals to win their 800m races in 2.17.3 and 2.18.7 respectively. Freya Ruffels was on top of her game to win the 1,500m in 5.04.2, while Erin Rees cleared 2.10m to win the pole vault.
Nina Balut was WSEH’s best performer in the throws, winning the discus in a new pb of 27.70m. Cami Ho won the hammer b string with 18.05m.
Rashaad Derby clocked a winning double for the u13s boys in the sprints, with 13.2secs for the 100m and 27.0 for the 200m. Ben Dewar completed a family double with victory in the 800m in 2.19.6. Maximum points were accrued by Nathan Rollins (4.54.0) and Zavier Zinman (5.70.2) in the 1,500m.
There were second places for Annabel Bailey (2.32.2) and Amy Cooper (2.34.7) in the 800m while Summer Chapman went one better to win the 1,200m in 3.54.4.
Best of the throws came from Lily Saunders, second with 21.47m. The meeting culminated with the relay races and a win for the u13s 4x100m team of Rashaad Derby, Ben Dewar, Xavier Williams and Evan Hardy (54.5).
W Jim Bryant, President of WSEH AC for more than 50 years, has passed away. His funeral takes place on Tuesday, July 9, at 1.30pm at the Easthampstead Crematorium.