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Newark Athletic Club hosts second and final round of the Nottinghamshire Mini League at YMCA

Junior track and field has returned to the town after a year’s absence.

Newark Athletic Club hosted the second and final round of the Nottinghamshire Mini League competition, comprising of seven clubs from Nottinghamshire and made up of athletes between the ages of nine to 14.

Newark AC at the YMCA. (49620339)
Newark AC at the YMCA. (49620339)

A record 33 athletes represented an impressive Newark team, with many representing the club for the very first time.

Newark managed to enter at least one athlete in every event, ensuring the club finished in second place overall, behind Notts AC.

It was another day to remember for Newark athlete Maisie Mullett, ten, who won both her track events and came second in the long jump, earning 20 out of a possible 21 points for the team.

The highlight being her 150m time of 22.7; equalling a Newark club record that was set 27 years ago.

Mullett was presented with the athlete of the match for the first meeting and a commemorative plaque for breaking the league record in the U11 girls’ 600m in an outstanding time of 1.50.3.

Ruben Shivas, ten, was the leading scorer in the U11 boys’ category, with 13.5 points from his three events.

This included a notable second in the high jump — an event he had never tried until the week before.

Ben Ludlam, ten, scored his first points for the club in the boys’ chest push, finishing in third place and gaining five points for the team.

There were further points gained by the U13 girls, led by Megan Lane, scoring in the 70m hurdles and 800m. Elsie Avis starred in the field events, scoring in both high jump and javelin.

Stephanie Wakefield was placed in the 200m.

Cameron Shivas, Ruben’s older brother, was the leading scorer in the U13 boys’ team, with an imposing win and maximum seven points in the 75m hurdles.

Eric Unaigwe gained points in both the 200 and 800m to achieve six points overall, with Jayden King completing the team’s efforts with two points in the long jump.

The day was bittersweet for a number of the U15 athletes, with it being their last Mini League meeting before they move up to the Youth Development League.

Zoe Smith signed off with a near perfect performance; winning two of her three events and scoring 20 points.

It was also a final outing for Elsa Broadberry, who finished second in the javelin, with Jasmine Braithwaite scoring three points in the 800m.

Another popular athlete competing in his last Mini League was Joseph Monk.

In a thrilling 800m, in which Monk led for the majority of the race, he was narrowly beaten to finish in second by just six tenths of a second.

Monk added to his points tally by a third place finish in the javelin; an event he had never tried until the week before.

Other scoring athletes for the U15 boys were Lex Bowman, with points in the 80m hurdles and long jump. Adam Taylor finished third in one of the closest races of the day, with just five tenths of a second separating the top four runners in the 200m.

In the 4 x 100m relay event, Newark were able to field teams in all age groups. The six relay teams secured 31 out of a possible 42 points with thrilling wins for U11 girl’s and U15 boy’s teams.

Team manager Emma Jessop said she was bursting with pride.

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