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Debutant Holly takes silver at Ashford
12:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
The South of England Athletics U15 and U17 Championships was held last weekend at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford with three Andover AC athletes taking part. Held over two days they attract the best across the south with athletes having to be at the top of their game to come away with a medal.
Holly Mills was competing in her first U15 championships as a bottom age athlete but was hopeful of bringing home a medal after a very promising first season. Conditions were not ideal with a strong blustery wind causing difficulties with the athletes run ups in the long jump but Holly got off to a solid start with 5.03m. After the first three rounds Holly was third and improved with each of her final three jumps to finish with a best of 5.14m, which secured her first outdoor regional championships silver medal.
The 75m hurdles looked a strong event with over half the competitors having run faster times than Holly and a strong headwind meant times were not going to be good but Holly was in determined mood and produced a great run to finish second in the first heat in 12.12secs into a minus 3.4 wind. The final line up included the girls who filled the top five places at the English Schools Championships and Holly was the only bottom age athlete in the line up. She ran another great race to finish fifth, just 0.15secs off third.
Andover’s other two athletes, Tom Lewis (U17) and Sam Sears (U15) were also making their debuts. Lewis was in action in the 400m as a bottom age athlete and produced a solid run to finish fourth in his heatto qualify for the final on day two. The final line up included the current English Schools champion and although Tom’s time was slightly quicker than in the heats it was not enough for him to get among the medals but as a bottom age athlete it was a great achievement to reach the final.
Sears was in action in the 300m and like Lewis produced a solid run to finish fourth in his heat to qualify for the final. Although Sears ran another solid race it was not enough to claim a medal but following good performances at ESAA and the national indoor champs he has had a good season.
All three are now looking forward to competing at the National Track and Field Championships in Bedford in two week’s time.
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