Woking’s young athletes were back in action on the track and field in the traditional season opener at Bracknell in their Young Athletes Open meeting. There were many fine performances which shows great promise for the season ahead.

On a blustery day which made quick times difficult in endurance events and times in many of the sprint races over the legal wind limit personal bests were difficult to come by. However Woking picked up many medals on the day across all age groups and events.

2 athletes picked up three medals on the day with Mia Mosko winning gold medals in both the under 13 girls 75 metres, with a time of 10.25 seconds and long jump, with a leap of 4.35 metres and then finishing third equal in the 150 metres to pick up a bronze medal. The other athlete to pick up 3 medals was Sahil Vassanjee. He was equal first in the 100 metres with a time of 11.82, and was 3rd in both the 200 metres, in a time of 24.96 seconds, and 3rd in the long jump with a leap of 5.06metres. 

There were further medals in the sprints across all the other age groups. In the under 11 boys 75 metres Gwyllam Hughes finished a superb 2nd in a time of 11.31 seconds in his first ever race on the track for the club. In the under 13 boys Zach Leacock picked up a bronze in the 150 metres after earlier finishing 4th in the 75 metres. In the Under 17 men sprints Joseph Walters made a welcome return to fitness after over 3 years out with injuries to win a bronze medal in the 100 metres with a time of 11.45 seconds whilst in the 200 metres in the same age group Liam Trinidad ran a storming straight to win in 23.65 seconds. In the longer sprint Dylan Lewis finished 2nd in a time of 54.47 seconds to win a silver medal. Meanwhile in the under 15 girls 75 metre hurdles Scarlett Brown finished 3rd picking up a bronze medal.

In the endurance events there were a number of personal bests earnt and medals won. In the under 15 boys 800 metres Jack Dormer knocked nearly 3 seconds of his previous best to win in a time of 2 minutes 10.74 seconds whilst Sophie Price finished 2nd in the under 15 girls 800 metres knocking nearly 5 and a half seconds off her previous best recoding a time of 2minute 22.86 seconds. Drew Greyling finished 3rd in the under 17 mens equivalent. In the under 15 girls 1500 metres Imogen Freeman won a gold medal in a personal best time of 5 minutes 6.45 whilst Caden Rogers Everitt set a new personal best in the under 15 boys equivalent.

There were further medals in the jumps with Chloe Moore leaping to gold in the under 15 girls high jump with a new personal best leap of 1.49 metres with Daniel Gilbert making it a double high jump gold by winning the under 17 mens event with a leap of 1.67 metres in his first event for the club. Meanwhile Laura Kersley finished 3rd in the Under 17 women’s long jump. There was a further medal in the throws with Jack Dormer winning his 2nd gold of the day in the under 15 boys javelin with his 2nd best ever throw of 37.76 metres.

Woking’s first league match is on the 16th April in Oxford with the opening Wessex League fixture featuring under 11’s right up to under 17’s.