UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 1
Cardiff Saturday 10 May 2014
|2||Bristol & West||235|
|1||Newham & Essex Beagles||197|
|4||City of Portsmouth||134|
|8||Herne Hill Harriers||111.5|
A ten-strong ladies team started their season will with a fourth place finish in their first UK Women's League Division 2 fixture at blustery Cardiff on Saturday.
It was a good all-round squad performance as the small team, restricted by league rules to three individual events plus relays each, rallied to cover all but three slots.
Vicky Smith led the charge with a surprise victory in her first event, the 800m just six days after her 10,000m debut. She added a 3000m B string second place and despite sore calfs ran the 2000m 'chase for third to total 22 points. Her middle distance partner Robyn Matson, who herself had run the London Marathon four weeks earlier, bagged a hat-trick of second places in the 800m B, 1500m & 3000m A strings for a 21 point tally.
Former heptathlon international Kate Cowley returned from maternity leave to score well in the jumps placing second in the high jump, third in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. Ellie Watson provided good support with B string third places in the high & triple jumps and covered a vacancy in the B 1500m for fifth.
Georgie Taylor made her league debut with third in her discus speciality, fourth in the shot and scored in the 400m and both relays. Another debutant Sam Hill was fourth in the discus seventh in the 200m and was in both relays quads.
Emma Christmas opened her account for this season with fourth in the javelin and added 100m & hammer points and a sprint relay leg, while Zoe Young was B javelin runner up, fourth in the B long jump, fifth in the 100m B and was also a member of the fourth placed sprint relay team.
The ten-strong roster was completed by the Brennan sisters. Claire was fourth in both hurdles and sixth in the 200m and contributed the fastest 4x400m relay split, while Nina was fifth in the 400m, added B shot & hammer points and ran well in the 4x400m quartet which placed fifth to round off a good team effort.
Team Manager Tony Benton was delighted with the team's efforts "While we lacked in numbers we made up for with experience and great team spirit as everyone rallied to the cause. We hope to have a much bigger squad in round 2 at Newham on 8th June when we are joint hosts."
|A STRING||Pos.||Time/Dist||B STRING||Pos.||Time/Dist|
|100||Emma Christmas||7||14.21s||100||Zoe Young||5||13.67s|
|200||Claire Brennan||6||28.63s||200||Sam Hill||7||31.42s|
|400||Georgie Taylor U20||8||70.98s||400||Nina Brennan||5||69.87s|
|800||Vicky Smith||1||2:26.20s||800||Robyn Matson||2||2:34.60s|
|1500||Robyn Matson||2||5:17.09s||1500||Ellie Watson||5||7:16.35s|
|3000||Robyn Matson||2||11:04.48s||3000||Vicky Smith||2||11:16.31s|
|L.J.||Kate Cowley||3||5.30m||L.J.||Zoe Young||4||4.74m|
|H.J.||Kate Cowley||2||1.60m||H.J.||Ellie Watson||3||1.35m|
|T.J.||Kate Cowley||6||9.54m||T.J.||Ellie Watson||3||8.83m|
|S.P.||Georgie Taylor U20||4||10.34m||S.P.||Nina Brennan||6||7.09m|
|D.T.||Georgie Taylor U20||3||38.96m||D.T.||Sam Hill||4||26.20m|
|H.T.||Emma Christmas||8||18.88m||H.T.||Nina Brennan||7||18.59m|
|J.T.||Emma Christmas||4||37.75m||J.T.||Zoe Young||2||25.53m|
|4x100||Sam, Zoe, Emma, Georgie||
|4x400||Claire 68.3, Sam 70.7, Nina 68.7, Georgie 71.6||
Pics to follow: Tony Benton (only a few = timekeeping)