BACK IN BUSINESS: The youngsters were back on the track after a lengthy break.

The standard is very high as young guns return to indoor action

The first of this season’s Junior Sportshall Athletics events was held at the B-Hive Indoor Athletics Training Centre on Saturday morning, with plenty of South Holland athletes in action.

After an enforced lapse in activity, the youngsters made a lively return to competition and produced some sparkling performances.

At under-15 boys’ level, Hayden Quantrill won all eight of his events.

Looking strong in track events, he recorded 31.6secs for three laps, clocked 75.3 secs in the six-lap race and managed a total of 78 bounds in the speed bounce.

In the under-13 boys’ age category, Jack Clark-Atkins made a good start to his sportshall season.

After clearing 1.29m to win the high jump, he recorded 6.08m in standing triple jump 6.96m in shot, 78 in speed bounce and 83.1 secs for six laps.

Elsewhere, under-13 Issy Reid produced performances that have clearly moved her up to a new level.

She managed 36.3secs for the three laps, 89.2secs for six laps, clocked up a total of 58 in speed bounce, cleared 1.95m in standing long jump and 5.74m in standing triple jump.

Also impressing was Devan Quantrill, who achieved four victories in the under-11 boys’ section.

He excelled in the running events, clocking 36.0secs for three laps, 54.1secs in the four laps and 85.3secs for six laps, then gained a score of 44 in the speed test.

In the same age group, Noah Donnelly Coles was second in high jump with a leap of over 96cm.

He also claimed the runner-up position in the three laps (38.9secs), speed bounce (39) and standing long jump (1.60m).

In the under-11 girls’ competition, Mia Clark Atkins also showed a higher degree of performance.

She cleared 1.48m in standing long jump, 4.16m in standing triple jump and 4.00m in the chest push, then clocked a time of 6.4secs in the balance test and 44.0secs in the three lap run.

Flynn Donnelly Coles featured in the under-7 age group, winning the two-lap race in 26.4secs and the vertical jump with a leap of 28cm, as well as the standing triple jump with a best clearance of 3.38m and the balance test (12.1secs).

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