A group of young Club members travelled to the South of England Athletic Champs this weekend. This competition is a step up from the Hampshire champs and is a not a competition JSAC have targeted for a number of years, but with a larger number of juniors needing further challenge following Hampshire success, JSAC coaches selected a number to compete.
The event has a high standard of competitor, including County champions and English schools qualifiers, and as it’s a higher level of event, the athletes have to get used to the call room process. The athletes also had to cope with changeable conditions on Sunday, where we had blazing sun and torrential rain
All the athletes competed really well, if not getting PBs, then giving good performances close to their best.
Notable performance of the weekend was Jonty Butler, who came equal 2nd in the U15B high jump with a 10cm PB of 1.70m. Matt Geddes reached the U15B 1500m final where he came 6th with a 4:28.66 PB. In blustery conditions Lucci Baker was 7th in a tough U15G 800m final. Katie Le Rougetel came 8th in the U17W Long jump final with 5.05m. Eva Raine Clark achieved 2 personal bests in the high jump (where she was 5th = with 1.50m) and 200m (28.6), Bradley Andrews-Callec also achieved a PB in the U13B long jump.
All the athletes enjoyed the challenge of competing at this level and are looking forward to returning in 2020.
Many thanks to Andrew Gatehouse for stellar navigational skills!