SOME 200 athletes descended on the Thames Valley Athletics Centre from places as far apart as Newcastle and Southampton to take part in the third competition in the Winter Indoor Series.

Races were graded on times rather than age groups or sex hence males and females often competed against each other.

The meeting opened with a victory for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow Athletics Club star Deji Tobais in the senior 60m with a time of 6.88 seconds (secs).

Harriet Jones was the best of the senior ladies with her 7.85secs. Newcomer Matt Rowland was second in his 60m with 7.47secs whilst Eton schoolmate Basil Tuma was the top U17s athlete with his 7.33secs clocking.

Adan Huhu (U17s) was another second place finisher in 7.88secs whilst Nick Mannke (U17s) dominated his race in 7.67 secs. Liana Williams (U17s) was the runner-up in her race in 8.07secs.

Anna Babis (U15s) had a good run for her second place in 8.19secs whilst younger brother Sam Babis (U13s) showed a clean pair of heels to older rivals in his race with a time of 8.62secs.

Louie Seamons (U15s) was second in his race in 8.36secs. Xavier Williams (U13s) went one better to win his event in 8.48secs. Maisie Slaney (U15s) was also in the frame with her second place in 8.68secs.

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The next races saw first and second places for WSEH athletes. Mya Kara (U17s) with 8.64secs and Demara Gumbs (U13s) with 9.03 secs, followed by Woody Radford (U13s) on 8.99secs just getting the verdict ahead of Molly Staunton (U15s) with the same time of 8.99secs.

Giovanni Sealy (U20s) improved to second place in the second series of 60m sprints with his time of 7.25secs. Vet Jess Armah was another improver to second place on 7.94secs as was Tyra Coker (U15s) with her 8.55secs and Erin Rees(U15s) with 8.63secs.

In the penultimate race Sophie Winters (U15s) was second on 9.27secs.

There was a single 60m hurdles race to provide the opportunity for WSEH athletes to achieve the National Schools Championships qualifying mark. Erin Rees (10.34secs), Venice Mensah (10.42secs) and Molly Staunton (10.49secs) all were below the 10.50 secs necessary mark.

There was good support from WSEH athletes for the Pole Vault event. Megan Morris won the U20s age group with her 2.70m. Nina Balut repeated the feat in the U17s with 2.80m whilst Erin Rees completed a busy afternoon with second place in the U15s on 2.50m with Molly Staunton third with 2.40m.

There were just two WSEH athletes who contested the high jump with Eugenio Ambruzzini winning the U17s on 1.70m and Harris Truss second in the U15s on 1.40m.