Teuten and Farres grab wins as City are in credit again

Tom Farres
Tom Farres
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ANOTHER good performance from City of Portsmouth kept the team in a strong position in division four of the British Athletics League.

The second match was in Bedford on Saturday hosted by Rugby & Northampton, with City repeating their excellent third place from round one at Derby.

Two A-string winners boosted the points tally.

Alex Teuten returned from finishing university to achieve a personal best in the 1,500m with a time of 3.54.4.

The other win came from Tom Farres in the pole vault, who is still an under-20 athlete.

His win means his unbeaten run in the British Athletics League and Southern League for the club went to over two years.

Both these athletes will move on to individual national championship action later in the year.

Team manager Paul Farres was pleased to see everyone digging in to produce some top efforts.

He said: ‘As always our multi-eventers came through.

‘Steve Davey gave a captain’s performance with a season’s best in the pole vault, shot and triple jump.

‘Adam Akehurst kept the team in contention with a set of solid performances across high jump, javelin, discus and the 400m relay.

‘Higher-claim athletes Paul Derrien, with season’s bests in discus and hammer, and Ed Dodd, in B string 1,500m, gained valuable second places in their events.

‘Young Toby Roe came so close to breaking the two-minute barrier for the first time in the 800m (2.01.4) for third place in his event, and he then backed this up with a personal best in the 400m.

‘Yasha Bobash got second place in the hammer, while masters athlete Nialls Davies gave a season’s best in the 3,000m steeplechase.

‘Still in recovery from injury, Jamie Gabbidon gave a hugely brave performance to gain second in the B-string 100m.’

Farres also praised the versatile Tony Hooker.

He added: ‘Tony deserves a very special mention.

‘He competed in the 400m hurdles, 200m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and the triple jump.

‘It is athletes like this who are the real heroes in the club’s performance.’

The hosts won the match, with Derby & Mansfield second, City third, Brighton fourth, Reading fifth and Doncaster sixth.

City go to Reading on Saturday, July 2, and with a full team available second place or better is possible.