Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club girls show bright future at Epsom

HERCULES Wimbledon Athletic Club continues to show promise with encouraging performances from the club’s rising female athletes.

Last Saturday, June 3, the Lily B league opener was held at Epsom, an athletics event providing competition for Surrey girls from under-13 to under-17 level.

The Lily B league is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, having been established in 1972 and providing a learning ground for the county’s best young women, many of whom have won junior international honours.

The youngsters from Hercules finished third out of 12 teams, thanks to a multitude of performances in all areas. What is all the more remarkable is that many of the athletes were competing for the first time in their gold and red vests.

In the under-15s, Neva Jansen excelled in the hammer throw and the discus, winning both disciplines with distances of 17.10m and 23.46m respectively. His hammer performance is the 25th best in the country for his age group so far this year.

Jansen was ably supported by Visne Bariman, whose 16.69m saw her win the B-rope in the hammer, and Charlotte Gurney whose 14.62m saw her win the B-rope in the discus.

Bariman showed impressive reach as he also cleared 1.25m in the high jump.

Willow Scales had a busy day in her Under-15 category winning the A-string high jump with a clearance of 1.56m, the 15th best in the country for her age group so far this season. In an undoubtedly tiring afternoon, Scales also finished second in the 75m hurdles in 12.6 seconds and the javelin, with a throw of 20.74m.

It was a family affair for the Scales at Epsom as older sister Mabel-Rose won both the high jump and the under-17 long jump, the latter a very impressive jump of 4.90m . Ella Ianotti, skillfully backed up the older Scales with a 3.79m effort in the long jump.

Success in the jumps continued as Florence Foster flew 3.72m to finish second in the under-13 long jump, and Poppy Guest finished fourth in the B rope with 2.98m. Marly Taylor’s 1.35m saw her claim victory in the under-13 high jump.

Promising hurdles saw Flo Freeman finish first in the Under-15 B channel in the 75m hurdles in 12.8 seconds to help secure valuable points for Hercules. Freeman’s afternoon also included a second-place finish in the long jump, bolstered by a fourth-place finish for Tallulah Broadbent in that discipline’s B rope.

On the track, Hercules athletes excelled in the sprint and distance events. Under-13 Isabella Harrison was second in 29.2 seconds over 200m, with high jump winner Taylor taking the B rope in 29.0 seconds.

Fellow Under-13s Poppy Guest and Tilly Crome showed endurance to finish second in Races A and B respectively, finishing in 5:23.1 and 6:34.6.

Hercules will look to build on that success at Guildford on June 25 where they face Surrey’s brightest girls in the second of three league matches.

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