A sunny and warm LICC meeting at Lee Valley on Easter Saturday saw some strong early season performances.There was also encouraging news from Woodford athletes currently in the U.S. including a p.b. from Youcef Zatat.
In his first 200m of the year Kaesi Opara ran 21.94 in the 200m. It was a breakthrough day for U17M Tolani Alaba, who followed up a half second PB in the 100, 11.10 to go third in the age group rankings, with an even bigger step forward in the 200 to 22.17 (frustratingly with 2.1m/s wind, just over the allowable limit). Another U17 achieving a significant PB was Moyin Odeniran, behind Tolani in 11.29. Aiden Fernando improved to 11.33 and was another denied a big PB in the 200m by the wind (22.52 +2.7). Among others in the same age group Medwin Odamitten’s 11.41 was a legal best, with Roshaun Edwards (12.11), Thanushan (12.27, plus 24.72w) and Dylan Styles (12.91) also improving their PBs. U15 Girl Shona Vincent also opened up with a new 100m best, 12.62, with U20W Larrisa Anipa in 13.34.
While the conditions encouraged the sprinters in particular, George Vaughn won the 400m hurdles in 54.57. On the field Christopher Linque had a solid opener in the DT, 48.04, while U17W Simbiyat Sikiru was just outside her PB in the hammer in 48.39.
In Chula Vista, California on 11 April Youcef Zatat improved his PB in the shot to 18.45 to enhance his second place in the overall UK rankings. On Easter Saturday, Bradley Wattleworth continued a fine season with a time of 14:07.79 over 5000m in Virginia. At the end of last month his 10000m debut of 29:26.32 was one of the fastest ever by a club member on the track (the 29:15 record dates back to 1975). Cindy Ofili meanwhile is clear at the top of UK 100m hurdles rankings with her time of 13.21 set on 13 April. HCA members Matthew Arnold and Jamie Crowe were also in decent form at Azuza CA, with Matthew recording 9m13.14 secs for 3000m s/ch, a little way off of his season's (and personal) best of 8m59.23 secs, whilst Jamie recorded 30m06.33 secs over 10,000m. At the Scottish Universities Championships, Declan Gall was back in competition for the first time since injury last July, and he opened solidly over 400m recording 49.31 secs.