The team, a composite of Under 17 and Under 20 athletes from Chiltern Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix put in some great performances but a small turnout from the U17 men made it difficult to finish in the top two. The team are second with one match left.
There were A string wins for Will Perkin in the 400m (PB of 51.20) and Dan Weathers in the 2000m steeplechase and there was a B string win courtesy of David Thomas in the 3000m. Josh Parry and Tim Rogers ran well in the short sprints and Toby Smith helped with the B string 400m. David Clark and Peter Finn kept the points ticking over in the 800m, and Richard Slade and Jonty Wager Leigh were second in the A and B string 1500m respectively. Rob Hall ran well for second in the A string 3000m. South Bucks had little coverage in the field but David Clark, Dan Weathers, Luke Seymour and Peter Finn all helped out, with Kai McKenzie second in A string high jump. The 4 x 100m team were fourth but the 4 x 400m team of Toby Smith, Will Perkin, Peter Finn and Tim Rogers gained a convincing win.
Under 20 women
There were A string wins for Hannah Morton (1500m) who also helped with second in 400m and high jump, and Emily Smith (100m hurdles and 400m hurdles). B string wins from Sandie Pohlman (400m), Tash Taylor (800m), and Emma Delgado (400m hurdles and 3000m) helped the points tally. Charlotte Bellamy, Lois Warne and Hannah Thear took care of the short sprints, and Rachel Padwick was second in B string 1500m. Tash helped out with A string hammer and javelin. The 4 x 100m relay team were fourth and the 4 x 400m team of Hannah Morton, Emily Smith, Emma Delgado and Hannah Thear won easily.
Under 17 men
Just five South Bucks athletes were available but all performed well with an A string win for Morgan Hiles in the 100m and for Fraser Kilsby in the javelin and shot. Fraser added a B string win in the 400m. There were also good efforts from Ben Layne in the 200m and 400m, Will Brown in the 800m and 1500m and George Brown in the 3000m. Ben, Fraser, Will and George combined to be second in the 4 x 400m relay.
Under 17 women
Robyn Watkins gained an A string win in the 800m and there were B string wins for Sophie Morton (300m and 1500m), Sandie Pohlman (800m) and Louise Lyons-Appiah (Long jump). Louise and Ella Merten-Mancer ran well in the short sprints with Ella recording a new 200m PB of 26.60. Maisie Pennant ran in the 300m, Scarlett Wager Leigh was second in the 1500m, and Molly Durston was third in hammer. There was a double win in the relays. The 4 x 100m team of Louise Lyons-Appiah, Ella Merten-Mancer, Maisie Pennant and Molly Durston were convincing winners and the 4 x 300m team of Sandie Pohlman, Maisie Pennant, Robyn Watkins and Sophie Morton won by 11 seconds from their nearest rivals.
The final match in the series is at Acton on July 16th with South Bucks hoping to maintain second place.