Jordan banks a hat-trick for Hunts
ATHLETICS: Hunts third but they’re just eight and a half points behind winners
JORDAN Gillbanks impressed with three victories for Hunts Athletic Club in the Southern Men’s League Division Three North match at Milton Keynes.
The 16 year-old 2008 English Schools 400m bronze medallist began the day by taking seven tenths of a second off his 400m hurdles personal best and also won his specialist event as well as going within a centimetre of his long jump best.
Hunts dominated the sprints with Dave Leadbitter and Hakeem Duckworth-Porter winning the A and Bstrings respectively in both 100m and 200m.
Leadbitter’s brother Matt set a season’s best of 50.3 to win the 400m, with Gillbanks taking the B-string, as Hunts finished third - just eightand-a-half points behind winners Watford - with Peterborough Athletic Club fourth.
Hunts won both relays with Charles Pook, the Leadbitter brothers and Hakeem Duckworth-Porter clocking a club season’s best of 46.2..
Hunts also did well in the throws, Jonathan Edwards finishing second in three events while father John and Wayne DuBose recorded Bstring successes.
Chris Lawniczak cleared a season’s best of 3.50m to win the pole vault for Peterborough Athletic Club, narrowly failing at 3.60m.
The versatile athlete competed in another five events - winning the Bstring 110m hurdles - before pulling a hamstring in the 4x100m.
Sudanese athlete Bayah Gatuluk returned fron injury and finished strongly in both 800m and 1500m to finish second, Oliver Mason winning the B-string in the latter.
Martin Dawson, fresh from his Edinburgh Marathon, stepped back down in distance to win the B-string 800m while Matthew Dalton competed in his customary six events, winning the 110m hurdles but just missing out in a close 100m where the first three all ran 11.8.
Neil Torr also filled in with a couple of unaccustomed events, competing in seven events including a couple of relays.