Despite taking an injury and illness-depleted team to the first British Athletics match of the season at Swansea on Saturday, the Bedford & County AC senior men still managed to finish second out of the eight competing teams.
Josh Cox, with his double A string victories in the 100m and 200m, was the club’s top points scorer overall, while Marcio Fernandes worked hard in the field events to gain second places in the B string shot, discus and javelin to finish as the club’s second highest points scorer of the day.
Adam Davis brought much needed strength to the shot and discus, which were the club’s weakest events last year. He finished fifth in the shot with 11.99m and fourth in the discus with 35.10m
Daniel Steel, with 26 points, was also one of the leading points scorers as he delivered top-three performances in the B string long jump, triple jump and pole vault.
17-year-old Tyler Seager yet again equalled his personal best in the pole vault as he finished third in the A string with 3.80m
He then went on to set a personal best in the 110m hurdles.
Bedford & County had an excellent pairing in the steeplechase, where Jack Douglas and Josh Lunn came in together as second A string and first B string in a time of 9mins 45secs – which was a personal best for Lunn. This was the club’s best track event of the day.
Jack Benedickter ran a good 400m hurdles B string race, finishing second and knocking almost a whole second off his personal best.
Cage Boons won the triple jump emphatically as he was the only jumper to go over 14m.
The high jump was the club’s best event of the day, with brothers Scott and Lee Johnson winning the A and B strings, respectively, with impressive leaps of 2.00m and 1.90m.