A fierce battle saw Newbury Athletic Club edge second place in their Southern Athletics League Division Two opener, finishing ahead of Oxford City by just one-and-a-half points.
It was in the men’s throws and the middle distance races where Newbury shone. In the throws in particular they came within one point of a clean sweep.
Oliver Hewitt was one of the stars of the show on his senior league debut, coming away with wins in the hammer and javelin after throwing 48.87m and 37.62m respectively.
Jamie Kuehnel won the discus with a 37.70m hurl, while Bob Boardbridge made sure the club took all the A-string wins with success in the shot putt.
Kuehnel and Bruce Bamber added two B-string wins in the hammer and javelin for a very successful day for the men’s throw team.
More impressive performances followed in the middle distance races, with Yasmin Ryder earning victories in the women’s 800m and 1,500m.
Peter Crisp led from the gun to win the men’s 1,500m, while club captain Mike Robbins picked up a solid second place in the 800m.
Izzy Fry shaved four seconds off the club’s under-20 record for the 3,000m, with 10.24.2 enough to win the A-string event, while Jess Franklin made sure of the double by winning the B.
There was another double in the men’s 2,000m steeplechase courtesy of Mike Robbins and Wayne Lillis, while Rebecca Downie and Rebecca Elsmere both impressed in the women’s races with two second places.
In the sprint races, Matt Davies did the best for Newbury as his 11.6 run in the 100m put him second, a result he matched in the 400m hurdles.
Trinity O’Connor, another youngster making her senior debut, came second in the pole vault after clearing 2.60m and equalled the under-17 club record in the process.
Trinity was then able to clear 1.50m in the high jump for a share of first place, while there were also second places in the triple jump for Amber White and Jemma Colbourne. All the results meant that Newbury ended on 171.5 points for second overall, narrowly ahead of Oxford City on 170 with Brighton fourth on 162.5.
Newly promoted Reading took the win on 184.