Steele-Boyce at the double in Horsham
PUBLISHED: 18:17 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 October 2010
Stephanie Steele-Boyce recorded a sprint double in Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets' clinched a top-three second Southern League meeting
Stephanie Steele-Boyce recorded a sprint double as Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets clinched a top-three finish in their second Southern League Division One meeting of the season at Horsham on Saturday.
The 15-year-old Raine's Foundation School pupil (pictured) won the junior 100m in 13.8secs and took the 200m title in 26.8secs to as a depleted Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets side overcame the odds to finish third in Sussex.
The results lifts the newly promoted club to ninth in the overall table, but team boss Alf Vickers insists the squad could have challenged for victory with a full complement of athletes.
He said: "We didn't compete in 18 events and that really hurt us. In events in which we fielded athletes, we were invariably first or second, but we didn't compete in enough."
Other outstanding displays came from Tracey Quartey, who was lured out of retirement to compete for the club and showed no sign of rust in winning both the shot (8.79m) and discus (32.03m). At the other end of the age scale, 12-year-old Dorica Santos underlined her potential by claiming the junior B-string 100m in 13.9secs and 200m in 28.1secs.
Lydia Debra also achieved an Under-15 double in the long jump (3.54m) and B-string discus (13.09m), while Serlina Swaby-Constantine won the 75m hurdles (12.4secs) and javelin (23.48m).
Vanessa Owusu won the junior discus (18.72m) and Yasmin Hanson took the shot title (5.73m), while in the seniors, Esther Oladiran won the shot (10.55m), Brogan Percy took the 400m (61.10secs), Erica Brown won the 1,500m (5mins 30.50secs) and Lauren Ambrose won the 110m hurdles (15.9secs).