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West Norfolk athletes claim second spot against clubs from Cambridge, Ipswich and Kent

Ryston Runners senior track and field team had their first Southern Athletics League match of the season at Wilberforce Road, Cambridge on Saturday, competing against Cambridge, Ipswich and Kent ACs.

The team pulled together in the difficult windy conditions to take second place on the day.

This was a result of a combination of experienced team members performing well, as well as new and young faces holding their own and coming up with key points.

Lauren Moyse won the high jump and long jump with performances of 1.50m and 4.92m, while Naomi Darkins won the B string high jump with 1.35m as well as the B string sprint hurdles.

As in the women’s high jump, Ryston came away with a double win in the men’s javelin with Robert Simmonds and Quinton Houston throwing 45.32m and 33.37m.

The three new faces on the day all performed excellently: Katie Moyle won the B string 2000m steeplechase in 10.44 and was placed as second B string in the 800m with 3.10.

Dawn Robinson ran 13.24 in the 3000m and Alice White performed well in her first SAL match with third in the A string triple jump and second and third in the B string long jump and 100m with performances of 8.72m, 3.94m and 15.3 secs.

It was a good day for the male sprint team with Ryston winning both the 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m.

The teams consisted of Robert MacQueen, Daniel Yellop and Quinton Houston and then Si Carty for the 4 x 100 and Gareth Hunt for the 4 x 400m.

MLNF ROBERT MacQueen ... (9488857)
MLNF ROBERT MacQueen ... (9488857)

Individually, MacQueen came away with a personal best of 23.4 in the 200m to finish third, and Carty ran 11.3 for a PB in the 100m.

Yellop was second in the B string 100m and 200m, James O’Neill finished second in a tactical 800m in the wind, with Steven Smale-Quercia second in the B-string.

Andy Simmonds was 3rd in the Steeplechase, and Chris Balmer third B in the 5000m, Katy Tuncer was second in the two sprint hurdles races and Rebecca Tuff came away with second B String in the 400 hurdles and javelin.

On Sunday, four Ryston Juniors travelled to Yarmouth for the first Athletics Norfolk Quad Kids competition of the season.

Ella Goldring was fifth overall in the Year 6 and 7 Girls category and her performances included winning the 800m in 2.54.

Also in the Year 6 and 7 Girls, Clarice Cavill finished 11th overall, her best performance coming in the long jump in which she was fifth with 3.42m.

Charley Wheatley was 13th overall in the Year 4 and 5 girls, with her strongest performance coming in the 600m (2.21).

Riley Bell managed sixth in the Year 5 and 6 boys, with his best performance being a run of 2.56 in the 800m.


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