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U13 Sussex Track Final

Chichester’s U13 squad performed heroically in the Sussex Grand Final at Crawley on Sunday 2nd September 2018 to produce their best all-round performance of the season in finishing fourth out of the top ten teams in Sussex.

 

This maintains their record of never having finished outside the top half of the placings in the 19 years that the final has taken place in its present format. It was so nearly a place in the top three as Chichester and Horsham were separated by a single point going into the 4 x 100m relays at the end of the match with only Brighton & Hove and Crawley ahead. Despite their best efforts, Chichester’s relay runners just could not get ahead of Horsham and had to settle for fourth place but had the consolation of knowing that they finished a massive 80 points clear of the next best team in fifth.

 

Girls Match

The club was given a flying start by a new combination of sprinters in the girls 75m with Lila Stone a fine 3rd place in the “A” string race in 11.02 with team mate Izzy Holcroft going one better for 2nd place in the “B” string with a time of 11.37. A total of 17 out of a maximum 20 points was just what the rest of the Chichester athletes needed, helping to instill confidence into a very inexperienced squad. Later in the match Lila and Izzy repeated their positions in the 150m and played a major part in the relay team to cap a fine afternoon’s work.

 

Elsewhere on the track, Sinead Jones and Eleanor Farquhar provided a useful combination in the 600m while Alice Waterworth and Grace Bishop picked up useful points in the 1k later in the programme. Eleanor Farquhar then teamed up with Gabriella Styles in the hurdles while Lola Hart gained useful experience over 75m and 600m in the non-scoring races.

 

Another newcomer to the squad, Juliette Franks, showed good form in the shot with a 3rd place in the “A” string while Lucy Hollyer, normally a track runner, gained the same position in the “B” string for an unexpected 16 points to add to the team total. Ruby Chandler was on good form in both discus and javelin with Lucy Hollyer and Amelie McGurk gaining another pair of 3rd places in the “B” strings. Amelie McGurk teamed up with Juliette Franks in the high jump while Alice Waterworth and Gabriella Styles completed the squad in the long jump.

 

Boys Match

With a bare minimum of ten boys available for this match, Chichester were forced move some of the squad into less familiar roles to make the best use of the abilities of those at the match. Multi-eventer Fionn O’Murchu is the current club No. 1 in no less than 5 events at this age group but all athletes are restricted to two events plus a relay for the Sussex final. As a result, Fionn O’Murchu missed out on probably his strongest event, the 600m, but instead teamed up with Connor McCormack in both shot and javelin. This decision paid off handsomely as the pair were both over the 8m mark in the shot with Connor just ahead with 8.09 to Finn’s 8.07. Only one other competitor from any of the other clubs was able to match them so 19 points out of 20 was the result. In the javelin, Finn O’Murchu threw a best of 26m for 2nd in the “A” string while Connor McCormack finished 3rd in the “B” string with just under 20m and another 17 points haul.

 

On the track it was Josh Dunne and Logan Cooper who caught the eye in a very high standard 100m to both finish in a shade over 3 minutes while the pairing of Henry Weld and Hal Edgar were also equally matched in the 600m, their times separated by a tenth of a second in 1.56. Micah Campbell spearheaded the sprints to good effect, well supported by Marcus Bone and Henry Weld over 75m and 150m respectively.  

 

Joe Steyn produced a fine equal 2nd place in the high jump with a clearance of 1.35 with Josh Dunne nearly 4m in the “A” string long jump while Alfie Carr provided good support in the “B” string on each occasion. With all ten boys showing great team spirit, Hal Edgar and Logan Cooper tackled the hurdles while Marcus Bone filled the one gap left in the “B” string discus to partner Joe Steyn and add vital points to keep Chichester hot on the heels of the top three.

 

Match result:

1. Brighton & Hove                          393 match points

2. Crawley                                         376

3. Horsham Blue Star                      289

4. Chichester                                    284

5. Haywards Heath                          202

6. Eastbourne Rovers                     141

7. Brighton Phoenix                        136

8. Lewes                                            132

9. Worthing & District                        99

10. East Grinstead                             91

 

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