Junior Athletics’ Girls' League, Southern Premier Division, Croydon 28th
The eight-strong Ladies Junior League team did all that was asked of
them at Croydon on Sunday. With
only 9 of the 30 eligible athletes available due to holidays, including a large
contingent in Manchester watching
the Commonwealth Games, the squad was further hit when English Schools Champion
Natalie Street pulled out on the day after a calf injury, jumper Fran Rigby
withdrew after aggravating an injury when setting a new PB in her first event the long jump, and
Hayley Mottram arrived too late for her first event the 800m. So a potential
third place became seventh.
With track coverage
thinly spread it was the field
events where the points were won. Mel Harrison won B hammer in a new PB and also
placed 2nd in the discus & 4th in the shot. Throwing
partner Sarah Deacon won the B discus, was second in the hammer, third in the
javelin & B shot and
even tackled the triple jump for valuable points.
O’Sullivan performed superbly with a 100m hurdles PB, for 4th, and
was 2nd in the B pole vault & third in the high jump as well as
running in the relay. Faye Powell, normally a distance runner, turned out
despite a chest infection and filled in to score jumps points with an excellent
high jump3rd, a triple jump PB & long jump points, as well as a relay leg.
showed tremendous team spirit running the 800m, 1500m & relay, placing a
good third in the longer run.
team were Fran Rigby, whose PB long jump gained 3rd, Hayley Mottram, 5th in the 400m and Hannah Gamester, 5th
pole vault & 4th B javelin.
Despite the set
one fixture left the team
occupy the fourth qualifying place for the National Final on 8 September, and will
hope to turn in a good result in the last meeting at “home” at Walthamstow
on 18 August.
|4||City of Norwich||204|
|5||Windsor SE & Hounslow||183|
|6||Aldershot F & D||179|
|2||City of Norwich||18||710|
|3||Windsor SE & Hounslow||17||658|
|6||Aldershot F & D||11||576.5|
|A STRINGS||Pos.||Time/Dist||B STRINGS||Pos.||Time/Dist|
|L.J.||Fran Rigby||3||4.93||PB||L.J.||Faye Powell||7||3.67|
|H.J.||Katie O'Sullivan||3||1.60||H.J.||Faye Powell||3||1.35|
|T.J.||Faye Powell||7||8.55||PB||T.J.||Sarah Deacon||5||8.35 PB|
|P.V.||Hannah Gamester||5||1.90||P.V.||Katie O'Sullivan||2||1.70|
|S.P.||Mel Harrison||4||9.48||S.P||Sarah Deacon||3||8.46|
|D.T.||Mel Harrison||2||34.84||D.T.||Sarah Deacon||1||32.66|
|J.T.||Sarah Deacon||3||26.88||PB||J.T||Hannah Gamester||4||16.83|
|H.T.||Sarah Deacon||2||40.43||H.T.||Mel Harrison||1||32.52 PB|