After an astonishing sequence of 16 unbeaten matches in just over three years, Southampton AC finally succumbed to stronger opposition in the Southern Athletic League.
The second match of the season was held at the Radley AC track in Abingdon. A sports centre that provides the sort of excellent facilities Southampton aspire to with their “Back The Track” campaign.
Basingstoke took advantage of the ideal conditions to pull off an exciting victory over Southampton, Radley and Norwich, with the scores in the balance throughout the match.
John Coyle recorded his fastest ever 100m time of 10.7, only managed to finish 3rd in a high quality race. Amy Teal registered a pb in 200 of 25.8
Laura Brenton dominated the middle distance events, running a new lifetime best of 2.15.1 in the 800m.
Erik Little’s ‘Jump squad’ were out in force, with some outstanding performance in the high, long and triple jumps. Debutants Owen Lawrence, JJ Coookes and Adam Jones all slotted in with the regulars Matt Watson, Chris Bull and Nick Hunt.
U17’s Hollie Garrathy (PB in TJ), Katya Oldfield and Holly Pearce were also making their first appearances at senior level, heralding a bright future for Southampton.
In the 400m Ronnie Young is storming back to form after a year out with injury. He clocked just over 49 seconds in the individual event, whilst Calum Bressington ran a PB in the same race. Ronnie, Calum, Calum Rowe and Nick Hunt combined to win a thrilling 4x400m at the end of the day.
Southamton’s next SAL match is at home on the 21st June, where they will be hoping a strong performance will to return them to the top of the league