SOME 400 athletes from all points of the compass descended on the Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton for the opening competition of the track season on Sunday.

The was an excellent representation from Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow (WSEH) athletes at the Spring Open Meeting with a large number of personal bests (PB) being recorded.

The races were graded on times and were often a mix of male and female. WSEH athletes were the winners in several categories.

The 75m sprints saw victories for newcomer Jazzy Summer in 10.90 seconds (secs), while Sam Babis won the Under-11 (U11) boys event in 11.72secs. Summer also went on to win the 150m in 21.33secs.

The 100m races provided yet more WSEH victories with Kaif Rizvi winning his U17 race in a PB of 11.71secs.

In the 200m races, Victory Mabanga took the plaudits in the senior men's race in 24.47secs, while Rizvi went even faster in his U17 event in another PB of 23.16secs. Nick Mannke was first across the line in his U15 division in yet another PB of 26.0secs.

The 300m events produced wins for Ridwaan Omar in the senior men's race in 37.79secs whilst Jack Staunton took the honours in his U15 race with 44.14secs.

Race winners were harder to find in the 800m with Lily Porter the best of the U20 women in two minutes and 41.24 seconds (02:41.24).

Dylan Spencer was in a class of his own in the U17 1,500m with his success in 04:07.31, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Henry Birdseye, an international distance runner in the 1960s.

There was a glut of WSEH victories in the field events. The long jump provided wins for Ollie Carroll (senior men, 5.02m), Fran McLeod (U20 ladies, 4.39m) and a PB from Oscar Wiking (U17, 5.92m).

More victories were achieved in the high jump via the efforts of Lionel Owona with a PB (U17, 1.93m), Taliah Headley-Jones (U17, 1.50m) and Katrina O'Brien (U13, 1.20m).

The throws were generally dominated by WSEH athletes, particularly in the hammer. Victories ensued for Rachel Denton-Snape with a PB (U20, 41.72m), Francesca Williams (U17, 52.20m), Chris Williams with a PB (U15, 34.82m) and Lucy McCourt (U15, 24.22m).

The shot saw another win for Chris Williams with his effort of 7.71m and newcomer Jardae Hodge-Spencer took the U17 ladies with 10.54m.

The discus event saw another four wins for the club. International Amy Holder expectedly won the senior ladies with 50.41m, Denton-Snape achieved 32.96m and Naman Sharma in the U20 men's event with 27.55m. Alex Stirzaker was the other WSEH winner in the U15 boy's age group with his PB of 19.37m.

In the javelin, George Smith was the senior winner on 39.90m, with Monty Gurney taking the U15 boys' event on 27.70m.

Two league meetings take place in Eton this weekend. It is the opening match of the Southern League on Saturday, while the Alder Valley Girls League gets under way on Sunday.