Four of our Junior Harriers travelled to York last weekend for the final Track & Field event of the season. It doesn’t seem that long since the first NYSD meeting at Darlington got things underway back in April. Yet here we are now, with the cross country season already bighting at our heels, and the outdoor T&F athletes have their chance to shine for one last time. Making the trip to York were Under 13’s, Libby Hammond and Lily Thompson, Under 15, Darcey Garbutt and Under 17, Rosie Thompson.
Under 13’s Libby Hammond entered two events, the first being one of her favourites this season, the 800m. As always, she put in a great effort and this time finished in 4th place in a time of 2:48.06. It should be noted that the three athletes that finished in front of Libby were in their second year in this age category, whereas Libby is still in her first, so things look good for next year! Up against some tough competition in her second event, the long jump, after consistently hitting the board, Libby finished in 19th place with a best on the day of 3.22m. Well done, Libby,an excellent overall performance.
Under 13’s Now in her second year at Under 13, this was Lily Thompson’s second visit the York Open. Two events to contend with today; the shot and the javelin. In the shot Lily showed her strength and was the clear winner by over 2m, with a best on the day of 9.22m. She continued to impress in the javelin with her second medal of the day finishing in third place after a fantastic throw of 19.45m. Well done Lily, another excellent day’s work!
Under 15’s Darcey Garbutt is no stranger to York having competed at both the Open and in the City Of York Summer League on numerous occasions. Today she took part in two of her strongest events, the 75m Hurdles and the 100m. In the hurdles, although there were only three taking part, Darcey showed who was boss and crossed the line in 1st place in a time of 12.61s. The 100m was split into four heats, with Darcey’s Heat 1 being the fastest. It was a close call but she finished in an excellent 2nd place in a time of 13.1s, just beaten by the older athlete from Leeds. Two events, two medals, well done Darcey!
Under 17’s Whenever there’s one Thompson competing, there’s usually another, and today was no different! Elder sister Rosie Thompson was in action, taking part in the shot putt and the hammer. Still in her first season at Under 17, Rosie has come up against some formidable opponents this year, but she’s always performed admirably and continued to improve as the season’s progressed. Today in the shot her best on the day was 9.97m, just 11cm off her PB and enough to take 2nd place. She bagged her second silver medal in the hammer throw with a best of 29.24m. Great job Rosie, well done!
Another top drawer performance from our junior girls…..a great way to end the season. If you want to check out the full result from Power of Ten here