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Beagles Baptiste of fire helps Newham to third place in Southern League

PUBLISHED: 17:17 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:17 23 May 2013

Matthew Baptiste of Newham and Essex Beagles

Matthew Baptiste of Newham and Essex Beagles

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Three victories for Beagles throwing star Matt Baptiste inspires them in West London

Field specialist Matthew Baptiste grabbed three superb victories for Newham & Essex Beagles on Saturday as the team battled to third place in their second Southern League Division Two North match of the season.

Having finished last in their opening encounter this was an improvement as they scored almost 60 points more than over at Basildon last month, but despite 18 individual wins they could not make an impression on hosts Thames Valley Harriers.

Baptiste was in imperious form as he celebrated a hat-trick of triumphs.

He kicked things off with an impressive win in the shot put where his throw of 13.27 metres was not only a season’s best, it also won the event by over a metre.

Next up was the discus where he was an even more emphatic winner. The 22-year-old threw 45.30m and with the next best being 35.35m for second spot, he really was head and shoulders above the field.

To wrap up an excellent day, Baptiste then completed his hat-trick in the B hammer. He managed a season’s best of 27.43m to win and grab maximum points once again.

He was understandably named as the male athlete of the match, but fellow Beagle Kirsty Smith was crowned as the top female.

The 26-year-old had a real battle with a Norwich athlete for top spot in the triple jump, eventually recording a season’s best leap of 11.79m to get the better of her opponent by 42 centimetres.

Smith also managed third place in the long jump where she managed another season’s best of 5.07m to complete an excellent day.

Triple jump seems to be the event for the Beagles at the moment as they cleaned up in the men’s event too. Guiseppe Baido was the man in form as he managed 13.56m to win the event and followed it up with 6.26m in the long jump to claim second spot in that.

On the track, Kelvin Tairou won the 100m, just as he did in the first match. He clocked 11.1 seconds to secure the points, while Finette Agayapong made it a sprint double by clocking 12.9 to win the women’s race.

Agayapong followed that up by winning the 200m as well with a time of 25.8, and there were a host of other winners for the Beagles.

Victor Nutakor clocked 50.4 to win the 400m, while Tope Faithnuga claimed the women’s equivalent with a time of 59.5.

Andre Duque won the 800m in 1.58.0, while in the sprint hurdles Lennox Thompson won in 17.1 seconds, winning by over three seconds for an emphatic victory and the 19-year-old followed that up with second spot in the 400m hurdles.

Shaun Slator won the pole vault as well as finishing third in the steeplechase.

Vanessa Owusu claimed first place in the B long jump, leaping 4.20m, while Hafeez Bisiriyu won the B triple jump and Shane Loveday claimed the B shot.

It was a busy day for Marcin Michalczyk as he managed a first, a second and a third.

His triumph came in the hammer where his throw of 41.80m took the honours, while he was second in the B discus with 24.94m and also scored vital points in the javelin with 25.85m.

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