Team East Lothian were the host club for the second YDL Lower Age Group match of the season, on Sunday 21 May, entailing extra work behind the scenes, but convened at the familiar venue of Grangemouth Stadium. The squad consisted of 26 athletes, 6x U13 girls, 4x U13 boys, 7x U15 girls and 9x U15 boys. As per the first match at Kilmarnock there was a great team spirit throughout the event, but the club went one better in terms of the overall performance in securing a great third place, out of eight, with 523 points.
A major highlight of the day was a set of brilliant performances in the concluding 4x100m relays. First up were the U13 girls, running in a revised order, but again taking first place in an exciting finish. We only had four U13 boys competing, so each had already done three events during the day and had suffered one or two knocks along the way, but they pulled out one more performance to take a fantastic second place.
Members of our U15 girls team have a great track record at YDL relays, with Grace Brennan, Laura Buchan and Joanne Welch forming three-quarters of the U13 team which had which won all three of their YDL races last season (along with Lily Middleton or Evie Welsh), when their season PB was 55.00s; and so it has been again this season, now with Eloise Gray on the anchor leg, and with another good first place here in a time of 52.92s. Last up were the U15 boys who were also carrying a few knocks, but undaunted they took several seconds off their time from the first match to win their own race in a time of 51.25s.
Previously to this, the team had contributed 69 individual performances spanning the full range of events (with sole exception of pole vault), of which quite a number were a first competition experience. Amongst this were a high number of notable performances and personal bests, a selection of which are summarised below.
For U13 girls, Lily Middleton got underway with a winning performance in the 75m sprint, in an excellent time of 10.98s, one of a small number of performance during the day noted as achieving a grade under the AAA standards scheme, AAA4 in this case. Lucy Thomson was very close behind her with her time of 11.09s, also AAA4 graded – well done! Lily followed this up by a win in the 150m in 22.27s, Lucy again just behind in 23.15s, some really excellent sprinting. Evie Welsh following this up with a win in the 70m hurdles in a time of 13.78s and for good measure won the javelin by nearly five metres with her best throw of 16.27m. Niamh Richards made it a set by winning the javelin B with 11.19m.
For U13 boys, Max Evans kicked off with an excellent first place in 100m A race in a time of 14.42s. He followed this up with a second place in 75m hurdles in 14.83s and then a second place in long jump with 3.98m. Joe Younger put in a great performance in the javelin to win the A string event by nearly 3 metres, his best throw being 20.63m, while Michael Hoole made it another double win coming first in the B string with 17.82m, which was the second furthest throw overall.
For U15 girls, Eloise Gray won the 200m A race in 27.11s, while Grace Brennan won the B race in 28.58s, no surprises there! Eloise took a very close second in the 300m in 44.55s, while Abi Oshodi achieved an excellent second in the B race in 46.42s, her first performance at this distance. Grace yet again came first in the 75m hurdles with a very accomplished run in a time of 12.59s (AAA3), while Laura Buchan was second in the B race in 14.44s. Elana Kerr achieved second in discus B string with 13.46m, and threw the hammer 20.16m, both personal bests.
For U15 boys, Adam Hoole finished second for 100m A race in an excellent time of 12.05s (AAA3), while Callum Poole won the B race in 12.52s. Adam also won the 80m hurdles in a time of 12.34s (AAA3) and took second in high jump with 1.55m. Callum ranked a close second in javelin with 29.96m. Fergus Stewart achieved yet another personal best in long jump with 4.77m.
Many thanks to all those who took part in supporting roles as officials and helpers throughout the day, well done all!