The MMKAC under 20/17 team gained promotion to the Premier League by winning Division One last year, and started their new campaign with a fine third place finish in the opening round at Stantonbury.
Rugby & Northampton were winners with 718pts whilst Birchfield Harriers(694) just pipped MMKAC(691) for runners-up. All three were well ahead of Notts AC, Cannock& Stafford AC and Wolverhampton.
For the U20 men Ryan Walker looked impressive in winning the 100m in 11.3 and then placed third in the 200m(22.8).
In the 3000m the Wheeler twins scored good points, Charles 3rd in the A string (9.41.86) and George 2nd in the B race (9.51.40).
Roles were reversed in the 2000m steeplechase with George 2nd (7.19.9) and Charles 1st (7.29.59). Robbie Brown placed 3rd in the 100m hurdles (18.20).
The hardest worker in this age group was Jonathan Pownall. He won his speciality event, the javelin throwing 46.33m. placed 2nd in the pole vault (2.90m), 3rd in the hammer (34.69), 4th in the discus (32.25m) and 6th in the shot (9.62m). His throwing team-mate, James Wilson won the “B” javelin (45.95m).
For the U20ladies Maya Jennings took a double in the hurdles, winning the 400m in 70.72 and then the “B” 100m (17.99).
In the middle distance events Sophia Cliffe had a busy day, 2nd in the 1500m(5.26.10) and 3rd in both the 400m (64.27) and 3000m (12.33.78). Elysia Marriott (13.24) and Rachel Oderinde (13.42) both placed 2nd in the 100m.
Again there were two hard working throwers in this age group. Laeken Impey and Paige Barnes both won their respective hammer events (41.37m & 38.55m). Laeken then took 3rd places in both the discus (24.74m) and javelin (119.78m) whilst Paige finished 2nd in the “B” string discus (21.40m).
The jumping events produced some good points for the team. Naomi Greener won both the “A” string long jump (5.32m) and triple jump (10.78m). Lucy Johnston won the “B” string long jump (4.94m) whilst Laura Zailor won the “B” triple jump (10.32m) then the high jump (1.60m) and finally 2nd place in the pole vault (2.60m).
In the under 17men’s events there was an impressive 3000m double from Conrad Webber (9.23.25) and Ewan Forsythe (9.56.49) whilst the 1500m steeplechase saw Afie Yabsley 2nd in the “A” race(4.47.8) and a win for Devon Harford in the “B” race (5.15.6). Harvey Green won the “B” 800m (2.16.16) and Joshua Rooney ran a fast 400m hurdles. 2nd in 62.93. Finally in the sprints Maxwell Brown placed 3rd in the 100m (12.47) and 4th in the 200m (24.22)
Ebony Carr was looking for a fast time in under17 ladies 100m but the strong head wind certainly slowed her down with a winning time of 12.72. She later placed 3rd in the 200m(25.80). Annie Jankowiak took 2nd in the 300m(43.11). In the middle-distance races there was a fine tactical victory from Emma Mears in the 1500m (5.08.90) and a fast last lap from Charlotte Moyse gained her a win in the “B” race(5.15.66). Later Emma was 2nd in the 1500m steeplechase (5.45.59) with Natalie Nurse winning the “B” race (6.26.92). Casey Hodges ran two good hurdles events. 2nd in the 300m (48.6) and 3rd in the 80m (13.67).
The long jump produced a win for Molly Adams in the triple jump (10.59m) and 4th in the long jump (5.16m)