Depleted Beagles battle to second place
PUBLISHED: 09:30 01 June 2018
UKYDL upper age group match is a good one for the Newham club
After winning the opening match of the UK Youth Development League season, hopes were high for the Newham & Essex Beagles team for match two in Stevenage.
And despite a host of absentees for various reasons, the upper age group team came together in style to grab second place on the day.
There were a number of fine performances on the day for the Basildon Beagles composite team which meant only Havering finished above them on the day.
Joseph Harding had a good afternoon as he competed at both under-17 and under-20 level.
He battled to an excellent win in the under-20 long jump, where he managed a leap of 6.86 metres, before taking to the track for the under-17 100m.
There, he clocked 11.00 seconds dead to win, before grabbing second place in the sprint relay as he anchored home the team of Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker, Joel Pascall-Menzie and Cameron Ellis.
Pascall-Menzie won the B 100m in 11.30, while Oyimbo-Coker was second in the A 200m.
There was plenty of help from the Basildon boys as Malik Oshiyemi, Jamie Rashbrook, Luke Meriden and Darren Morris all collected wins at under-17 level, with Kenneth Ikeji claiming three of them.
For the under-20 men, Dennis Jefia picked up two second places in the sprints, with Chosen James earning a fourth and a third in the B events as well as fourth in the high jump.
Andrew Adegbite was second in the triple jump with a leap of 13.50m, while Ramzan Mohsan was third in the discus and the hammer and there were two second places in the relays, with Jefia appearing in both races.
Zoe Thompson was a real star for the under-20 girls as she won the 200m in 24.77, before finishing second over one lap and fifth in the javelin.
Danielle Bakare was second in the B 200m, as was Jasmine Okoye in the B 100m, where Jazmin Whitehead-Shakes was fourth in the A race.
Vanna Arthur was fourth in the discus, while once again there were two second spots in the relays.
The under-17 girls also performed well with Aleeya Sibbons clocking 12.50 for second in the 100m, while Hannah Bell was fifth in the 200m and Vanna Arthur was third in the B event.
Myomi Tonge was second in the B 300m, clocking 45.60 and while the Basildon athletes also performed well, Grace Alatise was fourth in the shot, throwing 7.85m.
To round things off there was a second for the sprint relay team to leave team manager Elyzabeth Shitta-Bey delighted with the day.
“It was extremely tough,” she said. “The team was full of gaps in numerous events due to athletes competing at the England Athletics event at Bedford, injuries, exams, the Bank Holiday weekend, half-term holiday educational trips, and last-minute dropouts.
“Despite all these obstacles the athletes who competed did extremely well to finish in second place on the day.”
Match score: Havering 575; BEAGLES 559.5; Stevenage 462; ATIP 449; Croydon 440; Tonbridge 439.5.