Wycombe Phoenix senior team recorded a great win in atrocious weather conditions at Uxbridge this weekend to move into the top half of their Southern League division table. Strong winds and torrential rain severely affected the fixture – causing the cancelation of the men’s pole vault and women’s high jump – events in which Wycombe usually score strongly. (more…)
Awards night was held at Magnolia Park on Friday 15th February 2013 .
Wycombe Phoenix’s athletes battled through outrageous mud to claim 10th place in the Chiltern League and assure their place in the top division by more than 1000 points.
Star of the show was Lucy Rogers who ran her usual gutsy place win out in a 3 way scrap for second place in the senior women’s race that went right to the death.
Other star performances included
- Olivia Lowrie and Kirsten Stilwell who were second and third in the under 11 girls race meaning that they finished equal first in the final league placings.
- Ollie Cay was 3rd in the under 11 boys and Dominic MacDougall claimed 5th to assure himself of the bronze medal for the season.
- The under 11 girls team finished 1st overall and the under 11 boys 2nd.
- Mateusz Sliwinski was 3rd under 20 home for the same league placing and the team were 2nd for the year.
Team Managers Mark Delgado and David Randall were delighted “the key to staying up in our first year in the top division was not just the star performances but everyone’s efforts in turning up for each match and battling for every place.”
Wycombe Phoenix cross country athletes have had a good fortnight winning several medals at the county championships at Milton Keynes then going a long way to consolidate last year’s promotion to division 1 of the Chiltern League at Luton.
In the county championships the star performance came from Ben Sutherland winning the under 17 mens’ race with an assured front running performance. Mateusz Sliwinski and Georgina Russell took silver in the mens and womens under 20 races respectively and there were bronzes for Lucy Rogers (Senior Women), Olivia Lowrie (U13 girls) and Cameron Almand (under 13 boys.) On the team front both girls and boys under 15 teams won silver and the under 13 boys just missed out on bronze on countback.
In the Chiltern League in very muddy conditions the team moved up to 10th in division one 3 places above the relegation zone with one match left.
Olivia Lowrie and Kirsten Stilwell raced each other shoulder to shoulder most of the way to take 1st and second in the under 11 girls leading the team home to an age group win. The under 11 boys also won with Dominic MocDougal 7th and Olly Cay 9th leading the way.
Cameron Almand followed up his fine county championships with an even better run finishing 3rd in the under 13 boys race with the team finishing 5th. The under 13 girls were 6th with Maisie Pennant first home in 13th.
Great packing in the middle of the field brought both under 15 teams home in 5th place with Joe Thrush (9th) and Jack Blyth (11th) leading the way.
With some of the star Phoenix athletes missing Bradley Lawrence ably took up the mantle of leading the under 17 mens’ team home with an individual 7th and a team 5th place.
Missing numbers as usual in the senior races those racing fought really hard with the women finishing 12th and the men 13th. Lucy Rogers 9th senior women and Mateusz Sliwinski and Kieran Gilfedder (2nd and 3rd under 20) were the high points.
Team managers Mark Delgado and David Randall are very pleased with the team effort “all our racers are scrapping for every point and it looks like we will have justified our promotion from last year if we keep it up in the last match at Wing next month. If we can add a few more seniors to our ranks it would make all the difference next year and we could begin challenging for a higher place in this division.”
3 other Harriers gave of their best over the weekend. Sadly, silver medallist from the University Indoor championships, Zac Randall, was stuck in the stands with a hamstring injury but Jack Hillier (Durham University) ensured a good Wycombe performance in the 800m with 2 personal bests – he ran a hard front running race to ensure he made the semi finals where he finished 6th in a new pb of 1 min 55. Becca Jones was 6th in her heat of the 100m, also in a new pb of 13.3 and Isaac Nahoor fought hard in a very high quality heat of the 1500m to a time of 4.19. “What a great weekend” said Jack, summing it all up.
Top performances at Young Athletes League Bedford
At the first Young Athlete’s League match in Bedford on Sunday Wycombe Phoenix Harriers Athletes were awarded Best Performing Athlete in three of the six age groups. This was particularly impressive as there were 6 teams competing.
Harry Sutherland, Under 15 boys, for his 13m 30cm shot putt. Harry won the Shot Putt competition by 3m 58cm. Harry also won the 80m hurdles with a pb of 12.1seconds. Just .1 seconds outside of the English Schools qualifying time.
Matthew Axe, u17 men, produced two English Schools qualifying times and was awarded Best Performance for his 4minute 24.9 seconds 1500m Steeplechase. This was all the more remarkable as Matthew was running his first competitive steeplechase and had already won the 3000m in 8 minutes 56.2 seconds.
Rachel Ose Tutu, U17 Women, for her 41.7 second 300m win. Rachel was also in top form in the 200m with a time of 26.1 seconds