BOSTON and District Athletic representatives were in determined mood at the second of this season’s North of England Track and Field League fixtures at Doncaster.
Although the Gold Tops were without a number of their more experienced performers team members on duty at The Keepmoat Stadium put on a display of gutsy performances to substitute for their absent team mates.
Captain Aidan McClure led from the front competing in a wide range of track events and had the satisfaction of achieving a personal best clearance in the High Jump.
Despite the wind playing havoc with the landing mattress cover Aidan showed a high level of concentration to clear 1.75m for the first time and only just clipped the bar at 1.80m.
He also recorded 73.9 secs in the 400 metres and added additional points in two other middle distance events before contributing to the relay performances.
José Ferriera provided admirable support competing in seven events. He recorded 26.6secs in the B 200m, 69.6secs for 400m, 2mins 35secs in the 800m, 4mins 48.8secs in third place in the 1500m and added value in Hammer and the relays.
Mark Bridges also put in an excellent series of team performances. After clearing 6.42m for a good second in the Long Jump Mark recorded 12.57m in the Triple Jump, 12.6secs in the 100m and performed well for the benefit of the team in unfamiliar throwing events the Discus, Javelin and Shot.
Veteran Dennis Rainbow chipped in with a second in the 3,000m Steeplechase, fourth in the 400m in 69.6secs and added Triple Jump to his achievements before enhancing the Gold Tops 4 X 400m relay performance.
Stephan Brockett recorded good performances and achieved good positions in 400m Hurdles, High Jump and the 400m Sprint before retiring prior to the end of the programme.
Owen Msimango added a third in the Steeplechase and finished the 800m in 2mins 21.8secs.
The two youngest members of the mens team showed considerable mettle in their competitions.Showing increased maturity with each outing Oliver Smith claimed a third in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.99m and running into the brisk wind on the home straight clocked 23.7 secs in the 200m for another third and 12.9 secs in the 100m for fourth position. Continuing to make significant progress Josh Maund notched up two personal bests at Doncaster on Saturday.
In the 800m he maintained an even pace from the gun and then moved up a gear over the last 200 metres to finish third in a ‘PB’ 2mins 21.8secs.
Over 1500m Josh again showed strength and determination to clock 4mins 58secs before putting in another good run in the 4 x 400 relay
For the depleted women’s team, Chelsea Brockett recorded a personal best leap of 4.79m in the Long Jump and impressed over 400m Hurdles finishing second in 66.8secs.
Alice Flint won the 3K in 12 mins 36.8secs, second in the 400m Hurdles B race in 72.3secs and cleared 9.54m in Triple Jump for third place points.