Southampton AC dominated the first day of the Hampshire Athletics track and field championships at a chilly and wet Mountbatten stadium in Portsmouth yesterday.
The club won 44 of the 194 medals on offer and took 20 gold medals, 8 more than any other club.
The Hampshire champions were spread across men and women and across the breadth of age groups and came in run, jump and throw.
For the senior women, Brunel University student and former Mountbatten school pupil Izzy Bryant won the 100m crown with Emily Jenkinson taking the 400m title and Anna Sharp the 1500m. All 3 women being long term members of the club progressing through the various age groups. The same can be said of U20 gold medallists Hollie Garrathy and Amaya Scott, the latter taking the scalp of England youth International Gaia in winning the shot putt in her first event with the 4kg shot and the former winning the triple jump.
For the U17 women Jasmyn Allen won the 100m title and Anna Merritt won the Hammer in one of the performances of the day beating the championship best performance with a huge throw of 53.69m In the U15 girls age group, Tabitha Proudley won the sprint hurdles crown and Lara Scott made it double gold in the Scott household by sealing the high jump crown. In the youngest of the age groups the U13’s, in the girls age group Amy Wall also won high jump gold with Milly Hulbert taking the javelin title.
For the senior men, the 5000m was a highlight with Southampton AC taking all 3 podium places, Steven Phillips being the gold medal winner. Sam Bass-Cooper took yet another pole vault title and Matthew Callaway won the discus crown. In the U20’s Sam Tyas won the 3000m gold and Kieran Apps made it double pole vault success for the men.
In the U17 mens age group, Callum Gregson won the first event of the day by taking victory in the 400m hurdles and Josh Douglas won the discus in the 2nd clean sweep of the day for the club as they took all 3 podium places. For the U15 boys Thomas Hockley won the 200m sprint and Harry Crosby returned after a long time out with injury to take the long jump title. The U13 boys age group was the only one not to produce a gold medal on the day although Travis Scottow did pick up a silver and bronze in 200m and long jump respectively.