The start of the 2014 Summer Season kicked off at the newly named Tom Kelly Athletics Track over the weekend with some hot performances from Doncaster athletes to properly christen the resurfaced track.
Wes Spargo began his season in the best of form by recording the second fastest time of the day in the 100m as well as a personal best in the mens 400m in a time of 49.31sec. Ben Macri showed a clean pair of heels to finish 1st in the U/16 mens 100m and 400m with sisters Samantha and Joanna O’Connell finishing first and second in the womans U/16 and U/14 100m respectively. Georgia Feben and Georgie Buckley were the only 2 woman athletes to break 60 seconds in the 400m – finishing with 58.51 and 58.79 to go well clear of that barrier. Helen Towers, Verity Cooper and Emily Sharpe continued the girls success in the one lap event to all take out podium finishes in the U/20 and U/16 womans age group.
Doncaster’s top hurdlers were in full flight with Declan Carman, Nicole Reynolds, Verity Cooper and Damon Zethoven all winning their respective age groups. In the 1500m event, Nathan Down rolled around in his runners in 4:00.4min to finish with the third fastest time of the day showing that he’s back in great form after injury. Sam Carberry and Claire Walpole finished second and third respectively in the open womans event with young gun, Anna Musker finishing second in the U/16 girls race.
Chow Lui, Abbey Caldwell and Claire Walpole all ran extremely well to win their respective age groups in the 3000m Steeplchase. There was Doncaster domination in the Men’s 4x100m with every entered mens team taking first place and the ‘B’ team featuring highly to conclude the track events for the day.
In the field events, Zach Nunis won the U/16 mens long jump with a jump of 5.75m and Joanna O’Connell won the U/14 girls event with an impressive 4.44m. Doncaster committee members were also down competing with Nick Finch and Charmaine Smith both winning the mens javelin and open womans pole vault respectively. Peter Coumaros and Steff Ratcliffe both finished in the top 3 of their Discus competitions with Pete throwing 28.42m in the open mens and Steff throwing 32.40m in the U/16 womans. Rounding out the days proceedings, Natasha Coumaros took the win in the U/18 womans javelin with 28.83m – 9m clear of second! Round 2 will be at Doncaster on Sunday, 19th October.