Young guns take gold as Blackheath & Bromley Harriers perform well in Birmingham
PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 September 2013
Blackheath & Bromley finished in fifth place in the first ever Youth Development League, Upper Age Group Final at Birmingham on Sunday.
There were plenty of good performances on the day and many athletes prepared to compete in more than their own individual event.
Leading the way was Dina Asher Smith who won the 100m and 200m in the Under 20 age group. She picked up her third gold medal of the afternoon with Natalie Jones, Rachel Dickens and Amara Lalemi Jacobs in the 4x400m and also won a silver in the 4x100m.
More sprint success came in the men’s 100m where Kertis Beswick took the honours and he was also second in the 110m hurdles.
As well as winning both short sprints, the club also enjoyed wins in both under 20 long jumps. Jahisha Thomas set a new best of 6.03m in winning the women’s event while Oliver Newport secured the men’s title with a leap of 7.00m.
He had earlier set a new best of 1.90m in the high jump while Jahisha leapt 11.50m for third in the triple jump.
Men’s team captain Craig Morten was also in triple jump action to score points for the team but his main contribution came on the track where he was second in the 400m hurdles.
Like Dina in the under 20s, twins Shannon and Cheriece Hylton came away with a hat-trick of gold medals in the under 17s age group. Shannon won both the 100m and 200m and joined Vivien Olatunji, Maya Bruney and sister Cheriece in the winning sprint relay in a splendid 46.71 seconds.
Cheriece won the 300m in 38.47 seconds and also anchored the winning 4x300m squad of herself, Leah Everson, Sonia Woolhouse and Janae Galley.
The club also won both strings of the triple jump in this age group. In the mens event Stefan Amokwandoh leapt a personal best of 14.62m while club record holder Kerri Davidson won the womens event with 11.69m.
On the track, Richard Webb enjoyed a comfortable victory in the 1500m steeplechase, having already raced the 400m hurdles and 800m.
All of these fine efforts were not enough to win a match which went to the Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow squad. Neither, when the scores were divided in men’s and women’s points, was it enough for the women to qualify to represent the UK in next years European Champions Club Cup for Juniors. That honour again went to the Windsor team.
The Club had been the best women’s squad at the previous National Junior Athletics Final for the last eight seasons and travel to Brno in the Czech Republic in 10 days time to represent the UK.