Team Bath AC's qualification hopes in the balance
Team Bath AC's hopes of qualifying for the regional final of the National Young Athletes' League are hanging in the balance.
The club won their third and final match in Cwmbran on Sunday, beating the hosts by just 32 points, with Yeovil Olympiads and North Somerset AC trailing them in third and fourth respectively.
"This leaves us in the tantalising position of being first on match points with 14 out of a possible 15 – with Yeovil on 12 – but they are slightly ahead on individual points," said joint team manager Di Viles.
"We are not sure which criteria the league will use to decide who goes to the area final."
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The club got off to the best possible start in the field by collecting maximum points in the hammer. Josh Hay and Ben Fielding won the under-17 men's A and B events, throwing 29.08m and 17.92m respectively, while Tom Coller (28.05m) and Ed Wiltshire (27.47m) equalled their feat in the under-15 boys' event.
At the same time, Ben Darling won the under-17 men's high jump with 1.80m.
Team Bath's best performance in the field came from Alice Reynolds, who won the under-15 girls' high jump with 1.61m, just 1cm below her personal best despite carrying an injury.
On the track, Livia Gauntlett produced yet another Grade 1 performance in the under-15 girls' 75m hurdles, clocking 11.84secs, with Scarlett Glendenning winning the B event in 14.81.
Jake Burkey won the under-13 boys' 75m hurdles in 13.88s and Emily Dixon was first in the under-17 women's 80m hurdles in 12.87. Dixon went on to complete a hat-trick of wins, also claiming top spot in the long jump with 4.75m and the javelin in a new personal best of 29.07m.
The event billed as 'the race of the match' again brought together Team Bath's Will Kennedy and his fierce rival Tom Reynolds of Cwmbran in the under-15 boys' 100m.
This time Kennedy prevailed, clocking 11.64 to Reynolds' 11.83, but the Welsh athlete gained revenge in the 200m, winning in 23.94 to Kennedy's 24.04.
The Howorth twins again impressed, with John winning the 800m in 2mins 18.8 and Robert the 1,500m in 4:44.5 – both Grade 1 performances.
Team Bath's other Grade 1 performance came from Emily Hutchinson in the under-17 women's shot, which she won with 10.44m.
Other A winners were Danielle Workman (under-15 girls' 1,500m, 5:36.8), Alex Carter (under-17 men's 1,500m, 4:09.9), Katie Geddes (under-17 women's 300m, 42.19), Ed Wiltshire (under-15 boys' discus, 30.55m) and Sam Boulton (under-17 men's discus, 36.51m) and Elllie-J Webb (under-15 girls' shot, 9.42m).
There were also B event victories for Katie Strange (under-13 girls' 800m, 2:56.5), Maisie Gudmundsen (under-15 girls' 1,500m, 6:11.9), Owen Harnett (under-15 boys' 100m and 200m, 12.3 and 24.98), Hutchinson (under-17s women's javelin, 18.67m) and Katie Geddes (under-17 women's discus, 14.18m).