ATHLETICS: West Norfolk AC and Ryston Runners youngsters achieved successes in the final round of the Norfolk Sportshall League at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.
The WNAC u11 boys team of Ryan Wood, Charlie Tunmore, Thomas O’Neill and George Davies were second on the day, which helped them to overall second for the season.
As a relative newcomer to the group, Davies scored well to earn points for the team, especially with his standing ball throw.
The u11 girls team of Holly Lawrence, Lily Roberts-Anchor, Charlotte Beck, Jessica Milnes, Martha Broad and Annie Bastian were also second team on the day with all members contributing to the score. Broad’s growth in confidence and willingness to try new events deserves recognition.
Joe Williams was again the sole representative of the u13 boys team and remained unbeaten for the whole season for the two-lap, four-lap, long jump and triple jump events, which meant he individually came seventh in the team event on both the day and for the season. He was recognised with a special award for his efforts.
The u13 girls team, consisting of Amber Scott, Abby Watson, Poppy Tunmore, Millie Bastian, Ruby Schwarz and Elizabeth Wood, improved again to come third on the day and fifth for the season with every athlete contributing to the team score.
In the u15 boys age group, in which athletes compete as individuals, Charlie Williams dominated and won every event at the meeting to win on the day and for the overall season.
Haydn Buffham had a cracking day to come second and Alfie Williams rounded off a WNAC 1-2-3 with third place. That helped him to the overall runners-up position behind his older brother, with Buffham equal fourth for the season.
Other West Norfolk athletes who competed were Hannah Stout, Betty Schwarz, Jennifer Wood, Ester and William Broad.
For Ryston Runners, David MacQueen achieved success in the u11 boys standing long jump, with a personal best distance of 1.97m, and vertical jump. Joining Malakai Took, Oakley Took and George Evans, MacQueen finished third in both obstacle and 4 x 1 lap relays. As a team throughout the series they finished sixth out of 12.
In the u13 boys, Max Pike, Liam Clare and George Evans finished the season fifth. Pike’s highest finish on the day was seventh in the 4 four-lap. Clare jumped 1.99m to come fifth in the standing long jump and Evans threw a 5.16m shot putt.
Matilda Loram was taking part in her first Sportshall event and won the standing long jump (1.83m) and combined with the u13 girls Maisee Loram, Bea Honeybone and Lily Teasdale in relays. Maisee, also in her first competition, finished eighth in the six-lap. Honeybone was sixth in the triple jump (5.60m) and finished eighth in the paarlauf relay with Teasdale.
Bailey Took completed his efforts in the u15 individual series with his highest finish coming in the speedbounce.