Young sprint stars blaze golden trail
Hakeem Aderibigbe, the 16-year-old Haverstock School boy, won both of the under-17s sprint titles at the fifth Young Athletes League meet of the season at Parliament Hill on Sunday. Aderibigbe won the A 100m in 11.6 seconds and the A 200m in 23.8secs.
Hakeem Aderibigbe, the 16-year-old Haverstock School boy, won both of the under-17s sprint titles at the fifth Young Athletes League meet of the season at Parliament Hill on Sunday.
Aderibigbe won the A 100m in 11.6 seconds and the A 200m in 23.8secs.
Meanwhile, Eric Guei won the B 100m in 11.7secs and Jessie Mendes topped the B 200m in 24.4secs.
A clean sweep for Highgate Harriers in the under-17s sprint events was completed when Aderibigbe, Guei and Mendes were joined by Frankie Lee-Farmer to win the 4x100m relay in 46.0secs ahead of Orion.
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Other impressive performances at the meet came from 13-year-old Samara Williams, of Acland Burghley School, who won the under-15s 1,500m.
Williams has only been running for just over a year, but showed great maturity to move from second with one lap to go and burst clear of the pack with 300m remaining. She finished in 5mins 03.4secs.
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Haverstock School 16-year-old Zahar Akinpeju won the under-17 girls' shot-put with a throw of 8.96m and the discus with a throw of 27.56m, which improved on her previous best of 26.43m.
William Evans, a 15-year-old City of London schoolboy, ran 58.6secs for second place in the A 400m.
Stanley Harrison improved 10 seconds on his 1,500m time when coming second in the under-13s A 1500m in 5mins 15.6secs.
Under-13s athlete Michael Gallagher, who only started athletics this year, was first in the B long jump with 4.04m and second in the 200m in 30.4secs.
Hadi Ahmadzadeh was second in the A long jump with 4.17m.
Eucalypta Bradley, who was third in the under-15s A 100m and second in the shot, hurt her knee smacking a hurdle in the 75m event but still held on to finish fourth.
Amy Jane Cotter managed second place in the under-15s A javelin with 19.59m and came second in the B discus.
Alex Eastman won the under 13 girls' high jump with 1.28m and Marion Mills was second in the B event with 1.10m.
Mills, from Parliament Hill School, was impressive in the sprints. The 12-year-old was first in the A 75m in 10.9secs and won the under-13s B 150m in 21.8secs. She also helped Highgate girls to come second in the 4x100m relay.
Highgate Harriers finished fourth overall at the meet with 198 points, behind winners Southend (364), Herts Phoenix (334) and Orion (317).
l PETER Downie led from start to finish to win the 800m senior men's race for Highgate Harriers at the Herne Hill Open Meeting at Tooting Bec on Saturday.
Downie got the better of Blackheath's up and coming Alex Littlewood to take the honours in a time of 1min 59.23secs, with his rival only a second behind.
Dwain Broomfield clocked times of 11.34secs and 23.22secs for the 100m and 200m sprints but was unplaced in his races.
Greg Smith won the 200m in 23.43secs from Simon Child who ran 24.94secs for second place, while Ron Smith ran the 400m in 52.38secs but was unfortunate to be out of the top places.
The seniors travel to North Devon for their next Southern League fixture which takes place on Saturday August 4.