EAL Final, Bury St Edmunds

Nene Valley bought the most successful ever track and field season to a successful conclusion at Bury St Edmund's, in the East Anglian League Final.

The senior women won their category, and there were second place finishes for the under 17 men and under 15 boys. The senior men and under 15 girls finished third. the under 13 girls completed the day in 4th place, whilst the under 17 boys were 7th.

The senior women dominated on the track with Natasha Segal winning both the 100 and 200 metres B races and Lilly Hughes victorious in the A 100 metres. Hughes suffered a rare defeat when finishing 2nd in the 200 metres.

Megan Ellison and Casey Hilliam both claimed 2nd places in the 300 metres races, whilst Georgia Ivens and Megan Pusey scored maximum points in the A and B string 400 metres. Ellison and Hilliam increased their points tally for The Harriers, as they maintained their fine records this season when crossing the line first in their 800 metres events.

Emily Maltby took the honours in the 100 metres hurdles, and other 1st places were recorded by high jumper Rosie Jacobs, and shot putters Lydia Church, Priscilla Dadziea and Tiernay Augustine. Fellow thrower Kelly Lawrence won the hammer, a feat equalled by Elllie-Mae Stokes in the Javelin. The 4 x 100 metres relay team carried the baton round to win in 50.8 Seconds.

Dave Brown ran under 50 seconds for the 5th time this season when winning the senior men's 400 metres in a time of 49.7. Sam Hunt took the spoils in the 800 metres A race and 1500 metres B event. Robbie Shaw and Ken Baker won the A and B shot putt.

The under 15 girls finished just 3 points behind champions Basildon, and were helped on their way by victories for Amber Park in the 800 metres and Jasmine Allen in the long jump. National champion Hannah Molyneaux registered her usual resounding wins in the Shot Putt and discus with Macey Carr winning the B Shot Putt competition.

William Hughes achieved a sprint double for the under 15 boys, and his twin brother Charles matched his sibling by winning both the discus and shot. Ronan Rawlins secured 1st place finishes in the B 100 metres and A long jump. Harry Smith took the honours in the B long jump. Kai Harrison won the B shot putt and discus, whilst Luke Taylor threw furthest in the B Javelin. The club's 4 x 100 metres sprinters won the relay in an eye catching time of 48.6.

Nene Valley's under 17 men were a close 2nd to a Colchester with Chris Jones starring in the B 200 metres, and Josh Akinwumi and Alistair Pitts winning their 100 metres hurdles races. Pitts also out jumped his opponents in the B triple jump, and the sprinters won the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 47.0.

Both under 13s teams competed well without boasting any event winners on the day.

Barry Warne