National Junior Athletics’ Girls' League, Southern Premier Division, Croydon 28th July 2002

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.

Kate 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.

Natalie Adams showed tremendous team spirit running the 800m, 1500m & relay, placing a good third in the longer run.

Completing the 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 back with 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.

Match Result

1 Shaftesbury Barnet 280
2 Ashford 256
3 Havant 206
4 City of Norwich 204
5 Windsor SE & Hounslow 183
6 Aldershot F & D 179
7 Havering Mayesbrook 173
8 Bromley  142

League Positions  

Match Pts

Event Pts
1 Shaftesbury Barnet 21 765
2 City of Norwich 18 710
3 Windsor SE & Hounslow 17 658
4 Havering Mayesbrook 15 668.5
5 Ashford 12 626.5
6 Aldershot F & D 11 576.5
7 Havant 5 552.5
8 Bromley  2 466

  A STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist     B STRINGS Pos. Time/Dist
100   100
200   200
400 Hayley Mottram 5 60.1    400
800 Natalie Adams 7 2:33.0 800
1500 Natalie Adams 3 5:12.1   1500
3000   3000
100H Katie O'Sullivan 4 17.3  PB 100H -----
400H   400H
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
4x100 Natalie Adams       4x400
  Katie O'Sullivan        
  Faye Powell        
  Hayley Mottram 6 56.6