Grantham Athletic Club youngsters competed in the first under-17/20 match of the Youth Development League at Derby on Saturday.
Following a league restructure, Grantham saw themselves pitched against five other teams including two cities (Derby and Stoke), two combined teams (Amber Valley and Erewash), and East Notts (made up of five teams) and Burton.
The 15 athletes from Grantham AC did themselves proud, achieving a creditable fifth place on the day, beating Burton and pushing East Notts close for fourth.
Many under-17s were competing at this age group for the first time, with some in under-20 events, and all gave of their best and performed well.
Four first places were achieved – Owen Voak-Penton in discus and hammer, Ryan Carley in javelin and Amy Newell in pole vault. There were also eight second places and 10 thirds.
Twelve personal bests were recorded – Sam Cartwright (100m and long jump), Daniel Fielding (100m and 200m), James Hall (100m and 200m), Owen Voak-Penton (hammer and shot), Gabbie Lord (shot), Ruth Payne (hammer), Florence Ireland (javelin) and Abbie Bryon (shot).
The next YDL match is at Derby on May 16.
Results: U17 men – 100m S Cartwright 3A 11.7, D Fielding 4B 12.8; 200m S Cartwright 4A 25.7, D Fielding 27.1; discus O Voak-Penton 1A 28.68; hammer O Voak-Penton 1A 30.17; shot O Voak-Penton 2A 8.57; long jump S Cartwright 2A 5.72.
U17 women – 100m A Bryon 4A 13.4, S Gorkowska 5B 14.5; 200m A Bryon 3A 28.3, S Gorkowska 5B 30.8; 300m hurdles H Payne 2A 60.2; discus A Newell 4A 18.44; hammer G Lord 2A 24.27; javelin R Payne 3A 18.79; shot G Lord 5A 6.03; long jump E Jacobs 5A 3.68; triple jump H Payne 2A 9.32; high jump E Jacobs 3A 1.35; pole vault A Newell 1A 2.00; relay 4x100m 4A 56.2.
U20 men – 100m J Stokes 5A 11.6, J Hall 4B 11.7; 200m J Stokes 4A 24.6, J Hall 3B 24.5; 400m J Stokes 3A 54.9; javelin R Carley 1A 39.60; long jump O Williams 2A 6.54, R Carley 2B 5.52; triple jump R Carley 5A 11.10; high jump R Carley 3A 1.70; relay 4x100m 4A 49.4.
U20 women – 100m A Newell 2A 15.3; discus R Payne 4A 15.88; hammer R Payne 3A 13.57; javelin F Ireland 4A 10.73; shot A Bryon 3A 7.54; long jump H Payne 3A 4.32.