BADAC athletes improve on bests in North of England Division match in Grimsby

Emma Penson.
Emma Penson.

Boston and District AC maintained their mid-table position after the third of this season’s North of England Division 3EC fixtures at Grimsby on Sunday - and with one match remaining in the 2016 campaign the Gold Tops will be hoping to retain a place in the division for next season.

Stuart Smith claimed a new personal best performance in winning the discus, launching the 2k implement 47.77m.

He also equalled his PB in the 100m, recording 11.9 secs for fourth position.

Stuart also secured a victory in the shot with a putt measuring 12.10m and claimed second place in the hammer with 44.77m and third in javelin with a throw measuring 39.15m.

Under 17 Callum Winchester-Wright impressed at senior men’s level, finishing second in both the long jump (5.94m) and the triple jump (12.62m).

Up against senior sprinters, Callum was good value for his fourth position in the A 100m race when he recorded 11.4secs and made a valuable contribution to the 4x100m relay result, fourth in 48.3 secs.

James Roark won both the B hammer (19.08m) and discus (28.69m) and made further contributions over the hurdles and in the 200m sprint.

Aidan McClure showed marked improvement on his early season performances, winning the B 400m hurdles in 66.3 secs and finishing second in the B 800m ion 2 mins 17.3 secs.

He came third in the A high jump (1.65m) and only narrowly failed with the bar at 1.70m.

Aidan also contributed valuable points in long jump (4.70m) and triple jump (10.35m).

Chris Cope once again made a significant impact in pursuit of the Boston and District AC challenge, winning the steeplechase in 11 mins 04.5 secs and finishing second in both the 110m hurdles (19.7 secs) and the 400m hurdles (66.3 secs) before featuring in the 400m and the 1,500m and the 4x400m relay.

David Turner cleared 1.50m for second place in the B high jump and added value in the 110m hurdles, steeplechase and 800m.

Completing the BADAC men’s squad at Grimsby, Jack Smedley and Owen Msimango tackled the longer track events, contributing to the team’s overall fifth position.

Three ladies produced a series of determined performances to keep the Gold Tops in the hunt after three matches.

Frances Nuttell was second in the 100m hurdles (18.2secs), third in long jump (4.69m), fourth in triple jump (9.21m) and also cleared 1.55m to win the high jump before throwing more than 17m for another fourth position in javelin.

Emma Keay made an encouraging debut, producing a series of spirited performances.

She showed great determination in the challenging 400m hurdles, finishing second in a maiden 88.8 secs, before claiming a second in the B high jump with 1.20m.

She added third in triple jump (8.01m) and then achieved second position in the B javelin with a throw measuring 17.28m.

Emma Penson took on the mammoth task of contesting the 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m events, contributing a significant number of points to the BADAC total.

In field events, Emma added considerable value in both discus and hammer competitions.

Finishing fifth on the day, the Gold Tops are in fourth position and will want to be at full strength for the final match in the series at Cleckheaton on August 6.