BADAC athletes overcome horrible conditions to earn PBs

Malena Baxter.
Malena Baxter.

Boston and District AC athletes and officials had to contend with a strong gusty wind and heavy showers at the second of this season’s Humberside League matches at the Costello Stadium in Hull.

The strength of the wind played havoc with competitors’ efforts in the throwing events, removed the top surface of sand from the long jump pit between leaps and resulted in the high jump competitions being staged in the indoor training area.

Despite the conditions, BADAC representatives chalked up four personal best performances.

Sprinting into the teeth of the wind in the under 20 women’s 100m hurdles, Frances Nuttell finished first in a wind-affected time of 18.9secs, achieved 6.42m in shot and cleared a commendable 4.45m in the long jump.

In the under 15 boys’ section, Alex Riches achieved a personal best in long jump (3.75m). He finished sixth in the 200m and competed in the shot putt.

Alicia Baxter took on the under 13 girls’ quadrathlon and earned personal best performances when coming fifth in the 100m (16.7 secs) and completing the 800m.

Additionally, Alicia threw 10.45m in a tricky Javelin contest and cleared 2.71m in long jump to finish ninth overall.

Hallam Bedford contested the under 13 boys’ quadrathlon, finishing third in the 800m (3 mins 24 secs) and fifth in the long jump (3.24m) in spite of the head wind.

Fifth spot in the 100m (17.7 secs) followed a disappointing javelin competition, where the wind saw him unable to record a valid throw.

Hallam finished in ninth position in the points table.

At under 11 level, Malena Baxter clocked 14.3 secs in third position in the 80m sprint and cleared 2.89m in long jump.

Malena also claimed 12th place in the 600m (2 mins 28secs), and finished in eighth position in the under 11 girls’ quadrathlon.

In the same age group, Georgia Ward achieved a PB in the 600m (2 mins 50.6 secs) and finished eighth in the 80m (16.9 secs) after leaping 2.02m in long jump for 15th place overall.

Haddley Bedford was third in the under 11 boys’ 80m (14.1 secs), 12th in the 600m and achieved 2.66m in long jump and 14.66m in the vortex throw.

Overall he claimed eighth position on 140 points.