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  1. Eastbourne Rovers Athletic Club’s Under 15 team maintained their excellent 3rd place in the Sussex League last week with a high scoring performance at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium. Normally stronger in the track events, last Friday saw the team achieve many first three placings by field event athletes.

    U15 girls team July 22

    Several new team members were amongst the top performers. In the field events, wins from Adam Churchyard (Discus A 22.69m), Eva Grandhi (High Jump B 1.35m), Ollie MacCormick (Discus B 12.35m) and Ilya Korchev (Long Jump B 4.04m) gave the club maximum points, backed up by second places from Josie Usher (High Jump A 1.40m), Tom Petherick (Shot B 4.96m), Raya Petrova (Shot B 4.27m) and third places from Toby Shepherd (Long Jump B 5.07m), Katy Brown (Javelin A 19.38m) and Oscar Mizen (Javelin A 24.98m).

    Top performer on the track was distance specialist, and recent English Schools Championship participant, Ilya Korchev, with another clear win in the 1500m in an outstanding time of 4:23.8s. Other top three finishes came from Ethan Howcroft (100m B 3rd 13.0s), Toby Shepherd (200m A 24.9s), Oscar Mizen (300m A 41.4s, 80mH A 14.6s), Eva Grandhi (100m A 13.3s; 200m B 2nd 28.9), Josie Usher (100m B 1st 13.5s; 200m A 3rd 28.4), and Jemima Scott (300m B 3rd 49.4s).

    Most of the young athletes competed in the maximum allowed total of three events in order to score as many points as possible and in addition to those mentioned above, valuable contributions to the team total came from Freda Pearce, Hannah Ansera, Aoife Cherrill and Louise Penrose. As usual, the 4 x 100m relays provided an exciting finale to the evening and the Eastbourne teams achieved 3rd place in the boys’ race (51.7s) and 4th in the girls’ race (56.3s).

    Under 15 boys team July 22

    Final points totals were: Crawley 348, Brighton and Hove 318, Eastbourne Rovers 255, Haywards Heath 220, Worthing 205, Chichester 160, Lewes 112, Horsham 107, Hastings 14. Eastbourne will be fielding another strong team for the final league fixture on September 2nd, with the ever-improving athletes, many of whom with another year in this Under 15 age group, looking forward to an exciting match when they will be aiming to close the gap on 2nd placed Brighton.



    Photos, left to right:

    Boys: Adam Churchyard, Ethan Howcroft, Oscar Mizen, Tom Petherick, Ilya Korchev, Toby Shepherd

    Girls: Back row: Hannah Ansera, Louise Penrose, Raya Petrova, Jemima Scott, Aoife Cherrill, Eva Grandhi.  Front row: Freda Pearce, Katy Brown, Josie Usher.

  2. Eastbourne Rovers top juniors competed at the Sussex Schools championships in Crawley.

    Ilya Korchev continues to shine as he pulled away from the field in the U15 boys 1500m to take the gold medal in style with a time of 4m33.29.

    Josie Usher won her 200m heat with ease to gain a new personal best of 28.2 and a good lane in the final where she clinched the silver medal. Caitlyn Spencer matched this in the U17 age group showing consistency in her pacing with a time of 27.9. Training partner Eva also brought home a silver in the U15 girls 100m in a new PB of 13.57.

    Caitlyn eva and josie Sx Schools

    Eastbourne also grabbed 4 bronze medals at the competition. The first came from Dylan Brudenell in the Sen 200m with 23.9. Maisie Tarrant improved her time in the U17 girls 200m to 29.7. Ellie Mclean ran 4m55.51 in U17 1500m, and finally Nelly Bathard-Smith leapt 4m68 in the long jump.

    Ben Brown was selected for the 3,000m and put in a great performance , just missing out on the medals having to settles for 4th place in 10m07.04.

    Other Eastbourne athletes gained points for the area with Fintan Pearce doing a personal best in the 1500m in 4m46,7 and sister Freda running 5m25,59. Oscar Mitzen is finding his form again as he sprinted through the line in the 200m in 27.5 and Jemima ran well in her heat of the 200m.