Depleted Grantham Athletic Club youngsters produce quality results

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There was a disappointingly low turnout from Grantham Athletic Club for the first match in the National Youth Development League at Rockingham Stadium, Corby, last Sunday – but what they lacked in quantity they made up for in quality.

The newly-formed league for under-17 and under-20 athletes saw Grantham AC represented by just four girls and six boys – but between them they achieved 11 victories and eight second places, and finished fourth overall.

Personal best performances were achieved by Ryan Carley in long jump, triple jump and javelin, and Chris Bainbridge in shot, discus and javelin.

Results: male under-17, 400m - 2A J. Brown 52.9s; 1500m - 1A J. Richardson 4m 44.3s; 3,000m - 1A J. Richardson 9m 57.2s; 100m hurdles - 1A J. Brown 14.8s; 1500m steeplechase - 1A J. Lord 5m 17.0s; high jump - 1A J. Brown 1.75m.

Under-20, 100m - 1A D. Elba-Porter 12.0s; 200m - 2A D. Elba-Porter 25.1s; long jump - 3A R. Carley 5.68m =pb; triple jump - 2A R. Carley 11.90m pb; shot - 3A C. Bainbridge 8.57m pb; discus - 2A C. Bainbridge 26.59m pb; javelin - 3A R. Carley 38.11m pb, 2B C. Bainbridge 28.52m pb; hammer - 1A C. Bainbridge 19.65m.

Female under-17, 100m - 2A A. Kettle; 200m - 2A A. Kettle 28.2s; 80m hurdles - 1A Z. Lucas; long jump - 2A Z. Lucas 4.84m; triple jump - 1A A. Kettle 9.76m; shot - 1A S. Dowse 9.32m; discus - 4A S. Dowse 16.86m.

Under-20, discus - 1A S. Garner 20.33m.