The Final Showdown

It doesn’t seem that long since the first NYSD meeting got underway on a cold, dark evening in Darlington back in April. Now here we are, four months later, and the final meeting of the season is already upon us. It’s been another action packed series of events, as popular as ever, with some terrific performances along the way. And a great mix of age groups; an excellent platform for the Under 11’s to get a real taste of track & field competition, and a convenient way for the older athletes to register those all important“official” times!

Having said all that, turnout was a little lower than normal tonight, with nine of our juniors in action. Here’s how things went……
Graded 800m In a mixed race of Seniors, Under 20 and Under 17 athletes, tonight’s race was more about time than anything else for U17, Emma Hart. Although not her usual distance, she ran a great race and finished only a second behind the other U17 female in a time of 2:32.99. Just a couple of second off her PB too, so a great effort Emma, well done.

Left: Emma joins the seniors for the 800m race

Under 13 100m Just the one junior Harrier in the girl’s race, Tori Buckley. Quick off the mark and finishing an excellent 3rd place in her heat, in a time of 15.53s. Nice one Tori, well done…..and for the boys it was Elwood Kelley flying the DHAC flag. In a close race with only two seconds separating 1st and 7th, he crossed the line in 4th place in a time of 15.48s. Well done Elwood, super sprinting!

Top sprinting from Elwood Kelley

Under 13 800m For the girls, after her fantastic cross country success last week, Libby Hammond was back in action tonight. With another solid performance here, she finished an excellent 3rd place in 2:49.95. Great effort, Libby, well done. There were two of our junior Harriers competing in the boys race; Dylan Wilson, who recently claimed the town record for the Year 7 1500m, crossed the line in 3rd place with a new PB of 2.33.1, beating his old PB by one tenth of a second! And still in his first season at Under 13, Elwood Kelley was back again, this time finishing in 9th, in a time of 2:45.9. Great runningboys, well done!

All-rounder, Tori, doing her stuff

Under 15 800m Someone who’s worked really hard this season and gradually evolved into a serious contender in endurance running is Mia Wetherill. She’s still in her first season at Under 15 and has already produced some cracking performances. Tonight she added to those by finishing in 1st place in a super time of 2:35.75. Magnificent, Mia, well done! Another excellent performance followed in the boys’ race. Harry Wilson gave it his all and crossed the line with a new PB of 2:36.05, smashing 10 second of his old PB! Great effort, Harry, well done!

Under 13 Shot It’s not that long ago since Lily Thompson was trying to get past the 8.0m mark in the shot. She’s been getting stronger all season and it’s only a matter of time before she reaches 9.0m. She came so close tonight with a new PB of 8.97m, beating the aptly named Molly Thrower and finishing in 1st place. Fantastic stuff, well done Lily! Libby Hammond is keen to give most things a go and she was in action here again tonight with an excellent throw of 4.44m. Well done, Libby, keep up the good work.

Middle Distance Maestros: L-R: Dylan Wilson, Harry Wilson and Mia Wetherill

Under 17/Sen Women Shot Another Thompson, another 1st place! This time it was Rosie Thompson who took the glory with a fabulous throw of 9.09m She was the youngest competitor here tonight butstill managed to win by over 3m! Impressive stuff, Rosie, well done!

Under 13 Long Jump Both Libby Hammond and Tori Buckley are still in their first year at Under 13, both keen to try everything and showing great potential. It was a close run thing for them tonight in the long jump finishing 8th and 9th, Libby just in front with 3.30m and Tori with 2.90m. Great stuff girls, well done! Elwood Kelly was back for the third time tonight with a fantastic jump of 3.76m, beating his old PB by 14cm. What a great effort, Elwood, well done!

Under 17 Hammer Another master class in throwing from Rosie Thompson tonight in the hammer. Her best on the night was an excellent 30.45m, finishing in 2nd place. Well done, Rosie, tremendous job!

Always 100% effort from Libby Hammond
Throwing expert, Rosie Thompson

A fantastic conclusion to the series. Well done to all that have taken part this season, we look forward to seeing you back again next year! For full results from tonight click here Many thanks to Karen Harland for her photos. You can see more from tonight by clicking here

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