Southern Athletic League Meeting 4. Carshalton, July 13th 2019.
The Club's senior team managed to keep themselves well in the hunt for promotion in the Southern Athletic League when they won their fourth match of the season by more than 50 points. They were competing at Carshalton against Horsham Blue star, St Mary's Richmond and Lewes.
In the sprints there were wins in the A and B 100m for Alex Mearns and Lauren Evans the latter with a new pb of 13.51. Naomi Townend won the B 200m while Lauren was second in the A race. Mats Lindstrom won the A 400m with a new pb of 53.55 and in taking second place in the B race Lawrence Pritchard also ran a new best. Virginia Mitchell and Daisy Bloxham made it a clean sweep in the women's races with a new pb for Daisy. The 800m and 1500m races saw the Gees winning the A and B races in both the men's and women's events. Matt McDaniel won the A 800m with anew best of 2.07.28 while new member, Oliver Greaves, won the B race. For the ladies the winners were Phoebe Matravers and Eliza Sutton. In the 1500m the winning quartet were James Harvey, Matt McDaniel who achieved a second pb, Charlotte Griffiths and Lilyella Harland- Fairweather. Emily King made a winning debut in the 5000m and then went on to win the 1500m steeplechase where the B race was won by Holly Stroud who set a new personal best. The 3000m men's A race was won by Simon Goldsworthy with Simon Begg winning the B and he then later took second place in the A steeplechase with Ben Friend winning the B event. The only hurdles event that saw any competitors from the Club was the women's 100m race with Alex Mearns setting a new pb in the A event and Katharine Dale scoring in the B.
The jumpers and throwers were also in good form. Toby Dronfield won both the A long jump, this with a new lifetime best of 6m 10, and the triple jump. The B triple Jump was won by Ashveer Stott who together with Laurence Pritchard had earlier earned useful pints in the high jump. Daisy Bloxham and Louise Wood both cleared the same height in the women's high jump to take second place in the A event and 1st in the B. Naomi Townend and Holly Stroud were both second in the pole vault and then went on to the triple jump where Naomi came second and Holly first in the A and B competitions. In the long jump Holly paired up with Emily King.
Peter Cassidy and Cathy Coleman won their respective hammer events with throws of 57.11 and 52.59, performances which made them the athletes of the match. Cathy went on to win the discus with a new best of 37.68. Holly Stroud was the B winner and the same pairing came second and first in the A and B shot putt. Eliza Sutton and Holly Stroud made it a clean sweep of wins in the A and B javelin. Peter Cassidy was joined by Tony Mitchell in the hammer, shot and discus where they hauled in the points and Tony was joined by Ashveer Stott in the javelin
The meeting ended with wins for all the relay teams, both 4 x 100m and 4 x400m. The men's 4 x100m team was Toby Dronfield, Oliver Greaves, Ashveer Stott and Elliott Holman and the women's was Eliza Sutton, Cathy Coleman, Naomi Townend and Lauren Evans. The 4 x400 relays were two teams of two men and two women. Mats Lindstrom and Elliott Holman combined with Virginia Mitchell and Daisy Bloxham to win the A race and Ashveer Stott and Philip Pryke combined with Eliza Sutton and Charlotte Griffiths to win the B.
Mention must be made of Ashveer Stott and Holly Stroud, the Club's highest points scorers, who both competed in seven events during a warm afternoon and congratulations to team manager Sophia Head on managing to field an almost complete team when many of the regular team members were not available.
Promotion is all going to depend on our winning the last match on August 17th