Third place on opening day for young athletes

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The Bedford & County AC U17 and U20 track & field team placed third of eight in their opening fixture of the YDL upper age group event held in Oxford on Saturday.

Sam Barton (U17B) claimed most points for the day with first in the 1,500m and 3,000m B, and second in the 1,500m steeplechase.

Another good performance for the U17s came from William Kerr with firsts in the hammer (49.41m) and discus (28.62m).

Ben Clements won the shot with 11.32m and Matt Birchall finished second in the 400m then took a fine victory in the 800m, clocking 2:08.04.

There were also good wins for U20 sprinter Bradley Stone in the 100m (11.48s) & 200m B (22.38), with fellow U20 sprinter Josh Lummis claiming seconds in both the 100m (11.62s) and 200m (22.67s).

Andrew Headley secured a hard fought victory in the 3,000m in 9:14.95 and also picked up valuable points in the 800m (2:16.44) and 1,500m (4:17.53).

Lee Johnson also took first in the high jump with a leap of 1.90m.

In the U20 women’s events, meanwhile, Lauren Russell won both the 200m(25.37s) and 300m (57.33s).

Sarah Kerr took first in the 1,500m steeplechase in 5:37.03 and second in the 1,500m (5:04.65).

Field athlete Emily Cartledge had a busy day with second in shot (9.12m) and third in both long jump (4.80m) and high jump (1.50m).

For the U17 women, Mia Chapman won the 100m in 12.74 and took second in the 200m (25.98s).

Olivia Cavill finished second in all her events, which were the 80m hurdles (12.51s), shot (10.65m) and high jump (1.65m) to gain 21 points in total.

In the 1,500m, Fran Worrell (4:54.63) and Lauren Nicholls (5:01.06) both secured a clean sweep in their race.