Wet and windy start to county track and field league

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Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

The 2015 Lincolnshire Track and Field League got off to a wet and windy start at Grantham on Sunday.

For two-and-a-half hours the opening match in the series provided challenging weather conditions with high winds and bursts of heavy rain accompanied by thunder, until officials abandoned the rest of the match when the track started to become waterlogged and conditions for the field events became potentially hazardous.

Boston and District Athletic Club representatives produced eight event victories in the curtailed programme.

In the under 11 girls’ age group, Malena Baxter won both the long jump, with a leap of 3.39m, and the whizzer throw, achieving a distance of 16.85m.

In the same age group, Georgia Ward produced personal bests in the whizzer throw, third with 8.09m, and long jump, sixth with a clearance of 2.09m.

Under 13 Lucy Raywood finished seventh in long jump with a leap of 2.78m.

In the senior women’s section, Rebecca Grice won the long jump, recording 3.08m, and claimed fourth-place points in shot with a putt of 5.40m.

Despite the poor weather conditions, Haddley Bedford impressed in the under 11 long jump, finishing first with a leap of 3.12m.

Under 13 Shane Canham was second in javelin with a throw measuring 11.52m and Jake Baxter went one place better in shot with a winning putt of 5.08m.

The Gold Tops’ under13 boys’ 4x100m relay quartet crossed the finish line second, clocking 66.4secs.

Charlie James prevailed in the javelin, throwing 24.39m despite the swirling, blustery wind.

In the under 20 men’s category, Diogo Egas won the discus with 23.35m and cleared 1.55m in challenging high jump conditions to claim second-place points.

Considering the conditions, two senior men opened their 2015 track and field accounts with solid performances.

James Roake won the 400m, running the one-lap challenge in the worst of the day’s weather and recording 62.5 secs.

He also finished second in the demanding 110m hurdles in 21.8 secs and added third-place points in discus with a throw of 22.69m.

Jason James made his good start in the discus, throwing 20.29m to secure fourth position.

The second match in the four-match series is on Sunday, April 26 at Grantham with a range of events for all age groups from under 11 boys and girls through to senior men and women.