Top showings from South Holland youngsters at indoor octathlon meeting

South Holland athletes improved their performances at the second round of the Sportshall Athletics Octathlon competitions held at the B Hive Indoor Athletics Centre on Saturday.

In the under-15 girls’ age group, Megan Reid advanced her points total from a solid 377 to a very impressive 412 points.

Her highest individual event score came in Balance Test (78.9secs) which clinched 71 points and a really good standing long jump of 2.08m (59 points).

She also scored 53 (58 points) in speed bounce and leapt 49cm in vertical jump (55 points).

Hayden Quantrill, meanwhile, won the under-13 boys’ octathlon with 346 points.

His best events were speed bounce (50 bounds, 53 points), hi-stepper (14.4secs, 52 points) and vertical jump (44cm, 50 points).

Issy Reid added 42 points to her January personal best performance to win the under-13 girls’ age group with 316 points.

Her best points were gained in the balance test (45.1 secs, 55 points), vertical jump (46cm, 52 points) and standing long jump (1.62m, 41 points).

At under-11 level – and in his first octathlon – Jack Clark-Atkins achieved a convincing victory, finishing with a 62-point advantage over his nearest rival.

His highest points scores were gained in the balance test (66.1 secs, 71 points), speed bounce (49 completed for 51 points) and the two-and-a-half lap run (29.0 secs, 45 points).

Meanwhile, Noah Donnelly-Coles won the under-9 boys’ category with 235 points – which was 43 points more than he achieved in his first Sportshall Octathlon.

The best scores for Donnelly-Coles came in hi-stepper (15.3secs for 44 points), speed bounce (40 for 38 points) and the balance test (23.4 secs earned 32 points).

In her first octathlon, Mia Clark-Atkins finished third in the under-9 girls’ section with 156 points.

Her best results were in vertical jump (29cm for 30 points) and speed bounce when a count of 31 achieved 29 points to round off a great set if performances from all.

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