More outstanding performances as Young HAWCS chalk up a string of Personal Bests at London Games
A number of the Club’s young athletes went into action at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre London Games, where on Saturday the U17 age group competed, and on the Sunday the younger U13 and U15 age groups competed, and once again a string of personal bests were recorded by many of the young athletes.
Saturday was a mixture of fortunes for the HAWCS U17’s athletes, with Grace Gentry, Olivia Smith and Nicole Parcell competing. In the first event of the day Olivia Smith was running her second 60mhurdles race over the U17’s distance, and was looking for an improvement in her first performance a few weeks earlier at the South of England Championships, and so it proved to be, not only recording a significant improvement to record a new personal best of 9.50 seconds, she also won her race, so came away a very happy young lady.
Shortly afterwards, Grace and Nicole were in action in the Shot Putt, using this opportunity to prepare for their outdoor season in combined event competitions. Grace’s first attempt was an outstanding throw, but could not hold her position, falling out of the front of the circle, however it was clear from the distance it would have been a significant personal best. Nicole’ first attempt was hampered by what appeared to be a slippery surface on the indoor shot circle, as was her second, where it later turned out to have caused her an injury to her knee. Grace had also experienced a similar
problem so had changed out of her shot putt shoes into her trainers and Nicole now followed suit.
Grace’s second throw gave her a new personal best, but she followed that up with an even better one, throwing 9.53m improving upon her outdoor best by over a metre, and her fourth throw was also an improvement over her 2015 pb. Regrettably, Nicole continued to struggle as a result of the slip on her second throw and eventually ended up with a throw of 11.13m, and is now awaiting medical advice as to what damage she has done to her knee.
Grace then moved over to the Long Jump, to record a first round jump of 4.90m, no where near her best, and struggled to hit the mark to get an improved distance, although her last jump, produced a massive leap, only for the officials to raise a red flag for a no jump.
Both Olivia and Grace came away from Lee Valley happy at recording new personal bests, and recording them this early in the season, certainly shows the potential for some good performances when the outdoor season starts.