National Junior Track League – 24th June 2012 – Results

Bristol & West AC made a significant contribution to the successful day for Team Avon competing in the first Premier Division match at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on Sunday 24th June 2012 following promotion last year. The earlier Match at Derby was abandoned before the start due to inclement weather.

Joanna Taylor and Maria Jones stepped into the team following a desperate plea from Team Manager, Rachael Fisher. The performances of Bristol & West athletes are noted below. The dramatic final event to be recorded was the discus with Liam Biddlecombe winning the “A” string and Connor Farr, Team Bath, winning the “B” string. Thanks to the points gained by all the other athletes this lifted Team Avon into a very creditable third place just 7 points ahead of Rugby & Northampton but adrift of Birchfield and the winners West Wales. Birchfield claim they were not at full strength (not surprising as the UK Olympic Trials were on their home track from 22nd to 245th June 2012) and perhaps other teams like Team Avon suffered non-availability as well.

 

800m

02:37.70

Maria

Jones

 

5B

100m

13.75

Alyssa

Small

 

5B

200m

28.39

Alyssa

Small

 

5B

100m

13.43

Yemma

Songu

WS +2.0

5A

800m

02:24.02

Joanna

Taylor

 

2A

1500m

05:02.76

Joanna

Taylor

 

4A

4x 100m

50.7

Small, Songu, Skeates & Winfield

 

3

1500m

04:33.62

Daniel

Bagnall

 

5B

DT

46.50

Liam

Biddlecombe

 

1A

SP

15.63

Liam

Biddlecombe

WS +0.4

1A

100m

11.09

Elliott

Prendergast

WS +0.4

3A

JT

34.02

James

Taylor

WS +1.8

5B

LJ

5.60

James

Taylor

 

3B

4 x 100m

44.10

Prendergast, Pontin, White & Phillips

 

3

 

Officials associated with Bristol & West played key roles in organising and officiating. Hilary Nash dealt with the pre meeting administration, provided the full results service on the day and subsequent publication of results. Bill Kingston was the Field Referee, Pete Davenport was the Track Referee supported by Violet Small. Derek Wolfe was the announcer.

Alice Grosjean, Mendip, was 4th in the “A” Discus 32.90 metres and 5th in the “A” Shot Putt with 9.95 metres.

Matt Lattibeaudiere ran in the guest 100 metres (Wind Speed +2.0) and 200 metres (WS +1.0) recording 12.14 and 25.0 (one decimal place means that the 200 metres time was a hand timed performance). Anicia Skeates, North Somerset who trains at Whitehall ran a non scoring 100 metres in 12.74 (WS +2.6) and as well as competing in the relay was 4th in the “A” high jump 1.45 metres and 5th in the “A” long jump with 4.97 metres.

Hilary feels as though he is on a crusade because he thinks all U20 and U17 athletes and their coaches should be aware of the quality of competition provided by the Midland Premier Division. He forwarded a copy of the full results which can be found at: http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/track-and-field-competitions/national-junior-track-field-league/

So what is the quality and should you put yourself forward for selection on merit? Of course look at the results, look at the remaining dates and remember that guests are allowed in all events. If selected for one event you may do more if you choose to do so.

There is a good relationship being established between athletes from the five participating clubs that make up Team Avon. The ethos is still enjoyment but with almost full teams the provision of appropriate competition for U17s/U20s encourages individuals to compete and the collective outcome is team success. 

The team management is eager to finish in the top two in the League and qualify for the National Final on 9 September 2012. Third position at Match One is a very good start but you may be just the person to improve the team and help fulfil such an ambition. Information has already been circulated more than once and there is a section on the club website.

Anyone wishing to get on the band wagon if the team qualifies for the Final must be aware that only by travelling to Derby or competing yesterday or in either of the next two matches qualifies you to compete on 9 September 2012. Hilary was disappointed that more did not step forward for Sunday’s event, although he acknowledges the clashes with Exeter on Saturday or in some cases the Olympic trials in Birmingham!

Please be fully aware of the selection process for NJAL and whilst Hilary Nash is the club link the operating team managers are Sandra Woodman (Yate & District AC) and Rachael Fisher (North Somerset AC).