Indoor Athletics 2014/15

NARROW DEFEAT FOR YOUNG B TEAM IN FIXTURE 3

Our B team battled well in their third fixture of 4 on Friday 23rd January, and narrowly lost by 3pts. Grosvenor Park A team took a deserved win with 175, ahead of us on 172, St Peters B with 162 and Slyne B with 94.

Boys’ captain Mani Davidson gained a full set of results in his 4 events: 4th in triple jump, 3rd in 4 lap, 2nd in hurdles on his first attempt at the event with 28.03 secs having won race 2, and an excellent first place in speed bounce with 38. Our only other experienced boy Kyle Calvert rose to the challenge and won two of his individual events, taking an impressive win in hurdles with a time of 27.87 and also winning the 2 lap sprint with 26.00. Kyle can also be pleased with his 1.68m long jump which gave him 3rd. Jason Marsh made his league debut and can be pleased with his 5.36m shot put, which placed him 5th, just behind team mate Hayden Ellis who was 4th with 5.50m. Hayden also managed a strong 3rd place in javelin and another 4th in long jump with 1.60m. Liam Birch made an impressive 4 lap debut, finishing 2nd in his race with 57.17secs to be 4th overall and an impressive sprint performance of 26.76 gave him a 3rd overall out of the 8 sprinters in the event. Last but not least, Harry Martin from 4F became our youngest ever javelin thrower and showed his potential despite being disappointed to finish 8th.

Our girls’ team was reduced to 6 girls after Ellie Bryan being unable to attend, so a few last minute changes were made. Mianne Nevin showed her strength across 4 events, but her best was in speed bounce where 36 gave her the winning score equal with team mate Isabella Stretch…the perfect result for the team to have joint winners! For both girls, it was their first ever individual victory and lovely that they scored 8 team points each. Morgan Sutherland making her league debut competed well in both her events. A throw of 4.54m in shot put gave her 4th, but it was her race 2 win in 4 lap that was the highlight as she pulled away from the other girls to win with 59.14sec. This time was only beaten by an amazing athlete from Grosvenor Park who won race 1 ahead of our Aimee Quill who ran a steady pace to be 6th of the 8 with 61.15. However Aimee’s best event Long Jump saw her finish an excellent 2nd with 1.60m, which is the 9th furthest ever jumped by a Lancaster Rd female! Charlie Pearcy from 4F battled well to finish 4th in the sprint with 28.43, but saved her best for hurdles where 30.50 gave her 3rd and an excellent 4.67m triple jump which placed her 2nd. Finally Laura Cowell showed consistency across three events before running the first leg of the mixed relay, passing on to Aimee, who put Liam into second spot. Lastly Kyle battled back on the last leg and pipped our rivals on the line to win by a few hundredths of a second!

THIRD NARROW WIN FOR A TEAM AT START OF 2015

Friday 16th January 2015, saw the A team win their third narrow victory of the season after a brave performance against three strong opponents. Six wins in the 17 events gave us a winning score of 168, narrowly ahead of Slyne on 164, Bolton le Sands on 147 and Moorside on 117.

Top female performance of the night came from Samantha Craven who won the hurdles event in a super time of 29.12secs. She also managed 1.78m in long jump to be third, with the best distance by a Lancaster Rd female this season, just 2cm short of a PB. A third place in 2 lap with 26.68 and a brave season’s best in 4 lap with 58.15 secs completed a successful evening for the team leader. Aimee Wilkinson ran a blistering 29.52 in hurdles, winning her race and being 2nd overall to Samantha. She also managed a super PB of 38 in speed bounce to be 2nd overall. Once again Aimee ran another PB in 2 lap with a superquick time of 27.44 to be 5th overall. Ellie Jo Woods had a promising debut in triple jump with 4.20m, and managed over 5m again in shot put with 5.10m. Phoebe Owen jumped well as usual, although a bit below her PBs. 4.74m in Triple Jump was good enough for 3rd, while 1.65m in long jump placed her 5th. Lastly, young Emily Sim bravely battled against illness to do her best for the team. Her unbeaten record in javelin sadly came to an end as she was pushed down to 2nd, and she can pleased with her speed bounce score of 37 which gave her 4th overall. Hopefully she will be fighting fit next time.

The best individual performance for the boys came from Alex MacMillan who threw a massive 7.46m in shot put to defeat the previously unbeaten boy from Slyne. This PB by 16cm gave him the victory and also places him 3rd in our all time list behind Louis Fitton and Charlie Wilkinson. Luke Barmby showed his talent as well with a decent 4 lap debut time of 55.50 secs to be 5th, a solid 4th in a tight javelin competition and an excellent hurdles PB of 27.71 which placed him 3rd. Tham Thevathas showed good shot put consistency with a throw of 6.90m placing him 3rd a long way ahead of the other 5 athletes. There was another victorious evening for Harvey Ogley, although his win did not come in his favourite event, the 4 lap. New trainers were blamed for Harvey running his slowest time of the season, but 55.22 was still good enough for 3rd overall. However they didn’t affect his performance in speed bounce where his score of 41/40 gave him a narrow first ever victory in speed bounce. The unlucky athlete to finish 2nd in speed bounce with 41/39 was our very own Oliver Jordan. Oliver also blamed new trainers for slight drops in his high standards! However he successfully managed victories in all three of his other events: Triple Jump with 5.54m, Long Jump with 1.98m and 2 lap with 24.30, where he was pushed all the way by the young lad from Moorside.

Going into the last event the relay with a narrow lead over Slyne, we almost forgot that there were four teams in the race. Slick changeovers from Emily, Samantha, Alex and Oliver pushed us up to 2nd, with Slyne coming 4th giving us the narrow overall victory on the night.

The A team are not in action until the league title decider against rivals St Peter’s and Torrisholme on April 24th. They can now focus on the Lancashire Championships at Accrington on March 4th where they will be joined by another 10 to 15 children.

B TEAM FIXTURE 2 SEES ANOTHER CLOSE MATCH

The B team returned to the college on December 5th for their second fixture of the season, and the squad of 11 led most of the way through the event before being pipped for victory by Torrisholme on 202pts, with us second on 193, a long way ahead of Moorside 139 and Greatwood 63. Eight invidual wins were recorded out of 16 events.

A small squad of just 4 boys had to compete in 4 events each, but each one of them rose to the challenge and enjoyed lots of success. Captain Kyle Calvert led the way with a couple of third place finishes in hurdles (27.81secs) and 2 lap sprint (25.25 secs). His two lap time puts him 9th on the Lancaster Rd all time list. He can also be pleased with a 5.70m shot put on his first ever attempt to snatch 4th. Alex MacMillan returned to action in impressive fashion. He managed 2nd overall in javelin and also in hurdles where his time of 27.67 placed him 9th in the all time list. However two impressive victories in triple jump with 4.80m and shot put with a massive personal best of 7.30m raised his levels even further. The shot put distance places him 3rd equal in our all time list! Young Mani Davidson started off on fire with a victory in speed bounce with a pb of 41 and 40, and followed that up with a couple of great third place finishes in triple jump (4.68m) and 4 lap (56.62). The speed bounce gave us a 1-2 as Harvey Ogley gained 2nd also with a pb of 41 and 39. Both boys now feature on our all time list in 6th=. Harvey also leapt a distance of 1.66m in long jump to be third, but his best performance was another tactically astute run in 4 lap to take the overall victory in a splendid time of 54.69secs.

The seven girls also performed well. Isabella Stretch making her debut for school started off well with a super score of 37 in speed bounce, which gave her 3rd place overall. Our other debutante Aimee Quill also had a great start with her best being a super leap of 1.56m in long jump to be 5th. Laura Cowell returned to the team with a couple of good performances. Her best was a pb of 4.62m in triple jump which gave her 4th on the night and places her 9th in the all time list for our school. The youngest member of the squad, Charlie Pearcy from 4F pipped Laura for 3rd in triple jump with a leap of 4.68m, which was also a pb and 8th on our school records list. There were victories for Ellie Jo Woods with a super shot put of 5.00m and Ellie Bryan who used her nervous energy to run a fabulous pb of 28.65 in hurdles. A great time, which places Ellie 4th in our school all time list! Last but not least, Emily Sim showed her talent again with a dominant victory in javelin and also in speed bounce with a great score of 40. She also had time to record a couple of third places overall in 2 lap (27.47) and 4 lap (58.50).

Finally the relay team of Laura, Emily, Alex and Harvey ran a brave race to be second with good changeovers giving us the 6pts to push our total over 190. A narrow defeat to Torrisholme who now lead us in the title race by 7pts.

NARROW SECOND WIN FOR A TEAM IN HIGH CLASS FIXTURE 2

After a long gap since fixture 1, which enabled them to do lots of hard training at school, the A team returned to the college on November 28th and defeated two of their toughest rivals for the title in an entertaining fixture 2. Lancaster Rd finished on 176pts, with Torrisholme on 169, Slyne on 162 and Greatwood some way behind on 90.

The performance of the night was shown by boys’ captain Oliver Jordan who shattered the Lancaster Rd all time record in the 2 lap sprint in winning his event in an amazing time of 23.89secs! To take 0.31secs off the previous record set by Olek Tokarski in March 2014 was a fantastic achievement. Oliver also had victories in long jump with 2.00m and in speed bounce, where his score of 43 places him 2nd equal in the all time list. Tham Thevathas had a strong performance in shot put, where his throw of 6.82m gave him a strong 2nd position. Luke Barmby stepped up from the B team to show his class at the higher level. His best performance was in hurdles where his smooth technique and efficient turns gave him a third place overall in a time of 28.08. He was just beaten by Harvey Ogley whose time of 28.00 gave him a superb 2nd place behind a strong athlete from Torrisholme. Harvey also recorded a splendid time of 25.43 in 2 lap to be 3rd overall, but he saved his best for the 4 lap event, where he ran a tactically brilliant race, tracking two rivals for two and a half laps before an explosive sprint took him to the finish in a splendid personal best of 53.36secs, which is our 5th best ever time. There were some more strong performances from young Mani Davidson in triple jump and javelin, but his best was in 4 lap where he led all the way in his race, winning in 55.38secs. Sadly three boys in the other race had a faster time, so Mani was edged down to 4th overall.

Six girls competed and all contributed useful points to the team score. Ellie Jo Woods stepped up from the B team and managed 5.20m in shot put to be 5th to pick up 4pts. Returning from injury, Aimee Wilkinson ran a blistering PB in hurdles in 28.25 secs, which is the 2nd fastest ever by a Lancaster Rd girl to be 2nd overall, just ahead of team mate Samantha Craven who also ran a PB with 28.34 with the 3rd fastest in the all time list. Samantha also won a splendid 2 lap race in 26.47 to be 2nd overall. Girls’ performance of the night went to Phoebe Owen who extended her PB in triple jump by 78cm to 5.88m, a leap which gave her a comfortable victory, but also moved her up to 2nd in the all time list and within 14cm of Candice Craven’s all time record set almost 2 years ago. Mianne Nevin had a great PB in speed bounce scoring 40 to go 6th equal in the all time list. This score gave her 2nd overall and she was just pipped for the victory by young Emily Sim who scored a fantastic 41. A great PB for Emily,which puts her 2nd equal in the all time list and gave the team a superb 1-2 in the first event of the evening. Emily also showed her increasing talent winning the javelin with three super throws, and going 5th in the all time list for 4 lap with a splendid PB in 57.35secs, giving her a strong second behind a slick runner from Slyne.

The entertainment was concluded with a dramatic victory in the mixed relay. Harvey, Emily, Samantha and Oliver lined up knowing that a win would give us the overall victory. Efficient changeovers from the Torrisholme squad gave them a slight lead but a blistering run from Oliver on the last leg overhauled our rivals to win by 2m.

A great win and a crucial win too, as the team win their second fixture of the season, in what is proving to be a tight battle for the league title.

B TEAM MAKE PROMISING START WINNING FIXTURE 1

The B team won their first fixture of the season with an impressive score of 210pts on October 17th, to take victory by 18pts over St Peter’s (192) and Moorside (144), with Greatwood withdrawing as they could not raise a team.

The six girls scored a total of 96 pts in their 8 events, with three of them making promising debuts. Captain Mianne Nevin had a solid evening with three good performances. She was 2nd in shot put with 4.30m, 4th in triple jump with 4.26m and had an excellent 2nd in speed bounce with 37. This was Mianne’s personal best and places her 7th= in the school all time list. Her classmate Ellie Jo Woods made an impressive debut in her favourite event shot put. She used all her strength and timing to throw the 2kg shot an impressive 5.34m, and that was good enough for her to win the event and pick up maximum points for the team! Ellie Bryan also had an impressive debut, with her best events being 2 lap sprint where 28.00 secs was good enough for 3rd overall and a fabulous race win in hurdles in an excellent time of 29.58 secs, which was only beaten by one other athlete. Her time puts her into 7th in the all time hurdles rankings: an impressive debut in an event which she had only ever done once before at school! The final female debutant was also our youngest ever female indoor athlete, Charlie Pearcy from 4F. She began with a super time of 30.29 in hurdles to be 4th overall (and 8th in our all time rankings!), and continued her excellent debut by finishing 3rd in triple jump with 4.48m and 5th in long jump with 1.50m. Charlie has a promising career ahead of her for sure! Laura Cowell from 5B did well in both her events, with an excellent leap of 1.56m in long jump good enough to place her 2nd overall. Her classmate Emily Sim had another successful evening. She dominated the javelin and won the event comfortably, and she also gained two excellent second places with a well judged pb in 4 lap (58.34 secs) and superb sprinting in 2 lap with another pb in 27.64 secs.

Meanwhile the five boys added 106pts to the team score, with six victories recorded. Captain Kyle Calvert ran well and showed much improved technique in hurdles to win his race in a pb of 28.40secs. Later on he recorded another pb in long jump with 1.66m which also won him 2nd place. Debutant Hayden Ellis had a good evening with a throw of 5.78m good enough for 3rd, before a super final throw in javelin gave him first equal with the athlete from St Peter’s. Young Mani Davidson from 5B bounced well in speed bounce to get 3rd place with 36, but then made a breakthrough in triple jump, where his new pb of 5.08m gave him his first ever victory in this event. Harvey Ogley also set pbs in long jump with 1.66m giving him 3rd, and 2 lap where 25.23 also gave him 3rd (and 8th in the all time rankings). However the performance of the evening happened in Harvey’s 4 lap. He judged the pace well and saved enough to sprint the final lap and smash his pb with 53.68secs to win the event easily and move himself up to 5th in the Lancaster Rd all time list!! Our final debutant Luke Barmby had a fantastic night winning three of his events and showing that he is a talented all round athlete. He recorded the winning time of 28.06secs in hurdles just ahead of team mate Kyle, and also had splendid wins in shot put (with 6.20m) and speed bounce with an excellent score of 40. He also managed an impressive 2nd in triple jump with 4.80m where only team mate Mani jumped further. Luke and the other new athletes will get stronger as the season goes on.

The relay squad of Harvey, Emily, Ellie and Kyle then won the final event to push our score up to 210pts. The y5 athletes got us off to an impressive start, before a poor final changeover pushed us down to second. However Kyle showed his battling qualities to regain the lead and win an epic race on the line.

A TEAM START OFF CAMPAIGN WITH NARROW VICTORY

The new season started on October 3rd with 11 athletes competing at the college, and an entertaining evening of action concluded as we took the overall victory by the narrowest of margins with us scoring 173pts, just one ahead of St Peter’s on 172pts, Moorside (145pts) and Great Wood (112)

The five girls scored a total of 80 pts. Aimee Wilkinson led the way with a tremendous victory in her first event, the 2 lap hurdles in a super time of 28.59 which was just outside her PB. Sadly however, she injured her knee, and was unable to do any more running events. She bravely threw 5.20m in shot put later on to finish in 5th, but it was a shame to see her hobbling home at the end. Phoebe Owen returned for her favourite jumping events and managed a personal best of 5.10m in triple jump, which was good enough for 3rd, before a strong 1.70m long jump which gave her 2nd. Mianne Nevin had a promising debut for school, competing in three events. Her best performance was a sixth place finish in shot put with a PB of 4.53m. Young Emily Sim from 5B, was perhaps the most nervous, and had a long wait for her first event. However she looked impressive when coming 2nd in her 4 lap race with 59.16 secs to be an impressive 4th overall. She then impressed the crowds by coming 1st equal in the javelin, with a very lovely smooth style. Emily then stepped into Aimee’s shoes due to the earlier injury, coming 5th overall in the 2 lap sprint with a solid time of 27.87. Lastly captain Samantha Craven competed well in all her events. She started with a victory in speed bounce with a score of 39, and picked up two second places overall as well in hurdles behind Aimee with a pb of 28.59, and in 2 lap sprint with a great time of 27.08.

The five boys combined well and scored a total of 85 pts. Debutant Kyle Calvert made a promising start in the hurdles, but he was a bit disappointed with 6th overall despite a pb of 28.62, but he bounced back later winning his 2 lap sprint impressively to be 3rd overall in an excellent time of 25.42, which is the 8th fastest time recorded by a Lancaster Rd sprinter…he will go faster next time! Tham Thevathas threw an impressive 6.98m in the shot put to be 4th, but he was beaten by team mate Alex MacMillan who finished 2nd after a fabulous pb of 7.28m which places him 4th in our all time list!. Alex also did well to finish 4th in javelin, where he just edged young team mate Mani Davidson into 5th. Mani was also 5th in 4 lap with 56.00 secs, but his best performance of the night was a 39 in speed bounce which gave him 2nd. Young Harvey Ogley also had a solid debut in the A team, with 5th overall in his first attempt at hurdles with 28.10 secs and an excellent pb in a fast first race with 54.57 which placed him 3rd overall. Captain Oliver Jordan had the perfect evening, winning all four of his events, in personal bests each time!! He started with 41 in speed bounce to just beat Mani, and followed up with a leap of 5.78m in triple jump to place him 3rd in the all time list. An improvement on his pb of 0.19 secs in the 2 lap sprint (with 24.26 secs) was a fabulous achievement but he was a bit disappointed to remain 0.04secs behind the all time leader Olek Tokarski. However, he saved the best for last as he jumped over 2m each time in long jump…and his final jump of 2.10m equalled the all time record of Charlie Wilkinson which was set in January 2013!!

Finally with St Peter’s one point ahead of us going into the mixed relay, the revised squad of Alex, Emily (for Aimee), Samantha and Oliver dominated the race and slick changeovers saw a comfortable victory which might have been closer if St Peter’s hadn’t dropped the baton and Moorside hadn’t been impeded by a Great Wood athlete.

It was a tremendous way to clinch the victory after an entertaining night of action. The A team return for their second fixture of the season on November 28th