Southend AC's threadbare squad still return from EYAL meet with clutch of PBs

Felicity Galbally

Felicity Galbally

First published in Sport

SOUTHEND AC’s team for their Eastern Young Athletes League meeting in Barnet was somewhat depleted – but those who did make the trip were rewarded with a string of personal bests.

Eleanor Butt’s star continues to rise as she won the under-13 girls javelin with a throw of 28.05m that ranks her third in the UK and was a huge club record.

The 12-year-old also won the discus (22.60) and was second in the shot (8.12m).

Felicity Galbally is another one of the Seasiders’ talented under-13 athletes and she won the A-string 800m in 2m 31.51s and finished second in the long jump (4.25m), while Grace Ralston was second in the A-string 1,500m (5m 24.12s).

There were a hat-trick of personal bests (PBs) for Katie Judd (200m 30.48s, long jump 4.23m and javelin 10.63m) and Evie Anderson (70mh 13.04s, shot 5.14m, siscus 16.97m).

Three members of the under-13 boys squad also came home with three new PBs: Ayanfe Coker (100m 15.88s, 200m 33.35s; long jump 3.88m), Joseph Hudson (200m 29.82, 1,500m 5m 16.33s; long jump 3.90m), Ethan Stoner (800m 2m 35.31s, 75m hurdles 14.51s and high jump 1.35m).

Sam Wheatley (800m 2m 46.29s, 75m hurdles 16.8s) and Lachlan Doyle (shot 6.85m, discus 19.66m) also came home with new bests.

Georgia Goble got two PBs in the under-15 girls competition, in the high jump (1.35m) and long jump (3.88m) while Eloise Lewis clocked 13.61s in the 100m.

There were just three under-15 boys competing. However, Mitchell Lawrence – PBs in the long jump (4.61m) and javelin (22.17m) – and Craig Wheeler – PB in the shot (6.58m), not to mention his hugely improved discus (23.09m) – together with Toby Wright earning second in the 1,500m (4m 42.73s) really deserved to have a full team around them.

Unfortunately it was the same sad state of play for the under-17 men as they too had just three athletes: Adam Jordan, Arran Kelly and Billy Praim-Singh. Kelly clocked 12.49s in the 100m and threw 26.64m for the javelin.

Jordan reduced his 200m best to 25.44s, after lopping another three seconds off his 1,500m (4m 24.47s). Praim-Singh dominated the hammer (53.04m), won the discus (30.58m) and was second in the shot (12.35m).

For the under-17 women, there were PBs for Tasmin Erysthee (200m 28.01s), Sasha Potgieter (80m hurdles 13.53s) and Jasmine Ruscoe (high jump 1.45m).

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