EYAL catch-up: Youngsters leap out of their comfort zones at Luton

A depleted junior squad punched well above their combined weights with a fine outing in the Eastern Young Athletics League at Luton.

Leading the way was Leonnie Brunning, whose fabulous clearance of 1.60m in the U15G high jump was a personal best and gave her the win by 15cm. She also added vital points with third in the long jump with 4.14m, and seventh in the 75m hurdles in 13.2sec. Her younger sister Hannah took third in the U13 shot with 6.90m and fourth in the javelin with 12.55m, and sprinted home in the 800m to finish in 3min 11.7sec.

Leonia Brunning at EYAL. No credit needed.jpg

In the boy’s U15 100m, Cameron Rayner earned a PB of 12 seconds exactly to take second place, and he added another runners-up spot in the 200m, in 24.3sec.

BAC’s Mandie Trudgill adds: “Casey Tyler-Woods competed in his first ever shot put competition to earn points for the team. He was a little hesitant and nervous having never thrown before – but he put it out there.” Casey’s 4.34m took sixth place and two points, and he added another sixth place in the 800m in 3:02.8.

“Jacob Gittens had never done long jump competitively either,” Mandie said, “but his leap of 2.63m took sixth place in the U13 standings.” He also took four points for fourth place in the B string of the U15 boy’s 100m, with 13.4sec.

“Bailey Foster took part in his first competition for Biggleswade as a junior, having come up from the club’s Little Bees, and he got a PB of 7.20m in the U13 javelin.” Bailey also added a fifth place in the B string of the 100m, in 16.8.

Daniel Hemming put in a solid run in the U15B 1500m, finishing fifth in 5:42.1. Georgia Smith showed great speed and stamina to take sixth in both her 200m (28.5sec) and 300m (45.8sec) outings.

Tristan Rayner and Callum Stokes showed commitment and dedication to run the 100m immediately before the 400m. Tristan was fifth in both the U17 100m A race (11.9sec) and 400m (55.6), while Callum took fifth in the 100m B (12.1) and it’s 400m equivalent (58.7), and added a fifth place in the 200m (24.3). Tristan also took fourth in the triple jump, thanks to a leap of 10.72m.

Valerie Snowball, in her first competition as an under-15, remained strong against competition up to a year older than her throughout both her 100m and 200m races, taking away times of 14.2 and 29.5 respectively. Sophie Forbes Laird took fourth place in the U13 200m with 29.4 and sixth in the long jump (3.53m), while Kareem Davis achieved great results in the U13 100m (third, 14.1), 200m (fourth, 30.0) and long jump (fifth, 3.59m) – despite forgetting his spikes!

In the U17 competition, Janice Amber took seventh in the 100m in 15.2sec and sixth in the 200m in 31.6.

Mandie adds: “Lastly, but most definitely very important, is a BIG thank you to Bev & Simon Strong, Terry Stokes, Trahern Rayner, Sandra Ingham, Katie Miles, Jakub Grabowski and Carol Brunning, who gave up their time to come and help us out and earn points by officiating our nominated field events.”

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