The only U13 competitor was Jakey Weech who recorded a PB in the heats to make him the one to beat and handle the pressure of being the favourite in the final. Fair to say, they all came for him but he held on in a tight finish to secure Gold.
Again, the only U15 Boy was AJ Barbour with the ambition of making the final in his first year in the age group. With a PB Grade 4 performance in the heat, he safely qualified through, finishing 6th.
The most competitive age group on the card was the U15 Girls with 26 entries and all the top girls were there. We had 8 competitors with Jess Lively, Lucy Errington, Lois Kendall, Quisha Graham and Charlotte Devitt all with brilliant PBs and making the Semi Finals where they again had a good go but the level of the girls making the final was too high on this occasion. The gap is closing though. Evie Perrett and Freya Robinson produced great PBs in the heats and Helen Dickson was so close again to breaking her PB and she executed another excellent race.
In the U17s, we had Robert Mole and Stella Perrett.
After another growth spurt, Robert had only the ambition of going back under 8 seconds, which he easily did, finishing 7th overall.
Stella wanted to see if she could just make the final in a distance that is historically too short for her. She produced a great PB in the heat qualifying through and in the final, just about matched it finishing 4th, just outside the medals.
For the Under 20 Women we had Faye Groom and Kitta Hunter.
Faye, who is lightly raced this season, produced a Seasons Best and just missed out by one place for the Final.
Nikitta, making her debut for the club, qualified for the Final in which she went faster again, finishing in 6th Place. Excellent start for her.
In the Seniors, we had Sean McGregor and Laura Mole.
Sean, making his debut for us qualified through to the final in a time of 7.5s. in the final, he finished just outside the medals in 4th place but there is more to come from him. He now holds the NS Poly Senior Men 60M record and has his sights on the Overall record of 7.4s.
Fittingly, Laura is last to be mentioned but she deserves the last mention as I know a big PB means so much to her. Her race was a straight final but she lowered her best to 8.40s securing Bronze. The way she was closing them down at the end can only be good for the 100M outdoors.
60M is a distance we traditionally only compete at over the winter for practice with very little speed tapering. So for them to produce these performances is top class against a background of increasing standards across the area. A huge Well Done !!