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Bucks' best take on world stars at Alexandra Stadium
SOME of the best athletes in Bucks made history at the weekend with a double triumph at the Alexandra Stadium.
They were competing for Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow in the inaugural Youth Development League final and stormed to U17 and U20 victory.
On top of that, the girls team romped to victory in their section to qualify for the European Junior Clubs Cup next summer.
Coach Alan Hewson said: “It is one of the best team results I have ever been involved in. We had set a two-year target to make it to Europeans.
“After our first match where things did not go to plan we faced relgation rather than reaching even the National Finals.
“But we knew we had the depth of talent and to reach our two year goal already has been exhilarating.”
Sophie Street exemplified the team spirit as she competed in three of the toughest events, the 400m hurdles, 1,500m steeplechase and 4x400m relay, taking two golds and a silver and a personal best in the steeplechase for good measure.
Meanwhile, the competition was world class in the 400m with Olivia Caesar taking on world youth champion Sabrina Bakare.
The U20 team captain from Beaconsfield High responded superbly to finish just a second adrift of Bakare, and was no less impressive in the 200m.
Here she was up against Bakare as well as European junior champion Dina Asher-Smith, but didn’t look out of place with her third place finish.
Caesar met Asher-Smith again in the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay, after Shona Richards, Street and Becca Croft had kept WSEH in the race with three good laps.
And again she acquitted herself well to close the gap on the GB star and secure silver for her team.
Stephanie Clitheroe was also up against stiff competition in the 100m hurdles, running superbly to take silver behind GB international heptathlete Brogan Crowley.
Meanwhile, Freya See and Morgan Lake squeezed a 4x100m relay in the middle of their triple jump competitions, but it didn’t faze Lake as she returned from two no jumps to set a new British age record of 12.35m with her final effort.
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