Athletes eye promotion after impressive display

Mary Adeniji
Mary Adeniji

Eastbourne still have promotion in their sights after a successful showing during round four of the Southern Athletics League.

In the sprints, Calvin Kirstin secured his fourth sprint double out of four this season winning his 100m race in 11.2 seconds and his 200m race in 22.7 seconds.

Jamie Eyres secured his first victory of this season by winning the 200m in 23.1 seconds beating his seasons best by over half a second.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, Craig Razzle continued to impress. Despite only taking up the event in June, he clocked 64.9 seconds.

In the women’s 100m, Rebekah Morris and Hannah Davies scored another double win for the team, both winning in a time of 13.0 seconds. Rebekah also complete the sprint double on the day taking a win in her 200m race in a time of 26.5 seconds.

Emma Noel scored vital points in both the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles despite injuring her back in her long jump competition earlier in the day. The women’s sprint team also combined at the end of the day to win the 4x100m relay in a time of 51.9 seconds.

In the middle distance events, the men made a significant contribution as Dan Stidder, in his first season competing in the senior league, continued to impress with second in his 800m race with a time of 2:06.5 and first in his 1500m with a personal best time of 4:24.1.

Matt Southam completed a 1500m double winning his 1500m race in 4:27.8 to secure his first win of this SAL Season.

Di Farmer scored vital points in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Di was supported by two debutants; Sarah Hannam and Fiona Middlemass.

In the womens, Mary Adeniji won her triple jump with a best of 10.58m and finished second in her high jump competition with a best of 1.50m. Maddie Mann came second in her high jump competition clearing 1.40m and second in her pole vault competition clearing 1.40m.

Erica Francis won her discuss with a throw of 24.13m and Emma Noel finished second in her Shot Putt with a throw of 6.44m and winning her Javelin competition with a best of 25.14.

For the men, Joe Morris claimed third in his Shot Putt (11.87m) and Discuss (34.92m) and second in his Hammer (24.13m) and Javelin competitions (43.87m) to stay very much in contention for the points trophy this season.

Brian Slaughter who scored a second in his Shot Putt competition (9.38m) and another second in his Javelin competition (32.12m).

Eastbourne were beaten into second place by Yeovil; who scored an overall total of 354 compared with Eastbourne’s 328.5.

Despite this, second place leaves Eastbourne in prime position to gain promotion at the final round of this year’s SAL competition in Winchester.