Ilford sixth in final Southern League match of season

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 August 2018

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Injury and holidays hit Ilford AC hard as the club could only manage a sixth-place finish in the final Southern League Three North match of the season.

Top points scorer was Esmeralda Mengeyele, who started the day with third in the long jump, before quickly switching to the track for second in the 100m B race.

The Ilford athlete then tackled the shot put for the first time this season and came fifth, before placing second in the javelin with a throw of 24.73m.

Mengeyele’s final event was the 4x100m relay, where she teamed up with Krystle Balogun, Efe Autinz and Ellie Wright for second place in 52.26 seconds.

Balogun was busy as ever, firstly running a personal best of 13.07 seconds in the non-scoring 100m, then coming third in the 200m A race and winning the 400m A event. Joining Balogun in the 200m was Wright, who was second in the B string in 28.10, while Autinz came fourth in the 100m A race.

Gemima Eshimu Massamba continued her impressive season by winning 400m B race, with Jordan Hinds third in the 800m.

The final member of the women’s team was Nicola Hopkinson who scored valuable points in coming third in the 3000m A event.

Top scorers on the men’s side were Dan Wheeler and Jordan Akinpelu, who both did the 100m and 200m.

Wheeler was second in the 100m A race in a PB of 11.45, before setting another best of 23.14 to come third in the 200m A event.

The Ilford man also cleared 1.75m for fourth in high jump, before placing sixth in the javelin A event.

Akinpelu, meanwhile, came second in the 100m B race in 11.65, was second in the 200m in 23.93 and fourth in the long jump with a best of 6.10m.

Aaron Samuel and Farris Patel both did well to break the two-minute mark in the 800m in windy conditions, before the former set a new best of 54.26 to come third in the 400m.

Also scoring points for Ilford were Mungo Prior in the 1500m and high jump; Steve Philcox, Bradley Brown and Adnan Karim in the 5000m; and Pete Whiting, Wayne Hick and Gary Floate in a variety of events.

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