Team Avon Fourth in First YDL (UAG) Match – 27th April 2014

28 Apr

A number of club members took part in the first of the 2014 Youth Development League, Midland Premier Division fixtures at Alexander Stadium.

The Team Avon lacked athletes in many events.  With the aspiration of making the top two at the end of the season and gaining an automatic place in the National Finals the task is now more difficult. The outcome was fourth place which is a considerable achievement from the athletes who did compete.

 

Birchfield                          667

Rugby & Northampton     625

Notts AC                           568

Team Avon                       541

Team Oxfordshire           515

Swansea                           401

 

If you are reading this and you are Under-17 or Under-20 and did not take part I simply ask a few questions:

Have you signed up and had to miss yesterday due to injury, study commitments etc?  or

have you not signed up and should refer to the information on the club website and also look at the full results which will be on the www.ukydl.org.uk website fairly soon.

 

The performances are noted from the provisional results issued at the end of the meeting.

 

MU20

100m

11.22

Elliott

Prendergast

4A

 

MU20

400m

51.31

Freddie

Owsley

1B

 

MU17

400m

53.39

Tomas

Goodman

3A

 

MU17

HT

20.61

Tomas

Goodman

6B

 

MU17

PV

2.30

Jonny

Shine

3

 

WU20

800m

2.28.33

Joanna

Taylor

1A

 

WU20

1500m

5.09.46

Joanna

Taylor

3A

 

WU20

LJ

4.60

Samantha

Barrett

5A

-0.7

WU20

LJ

NJ

Madison

Thomas

 

 

WU20

HJ

1.60

Amelia

Hempleman-Adams

2A

 

WU20

PV

3.20

Elise

Gauntlett

2A

 

WU17

300m

42.21

Ella

Falk

1A

 

WU17

HJ

1.50

Samantha

Barrett

2A

 

 

Elliott was fourth in the 100 metres A race and was faster than all the runners in the B race which followed. No wind speed was note for Elliott’s race.

 

Freddie and Tomas both ran controlled races in the 400 metres and performed excellently in the relays as well.

 

Jonny Shine travelled up after a music exam and opened his 2014 season with third place. No B strings in the under-17 field events.

 

Joanna Taylor ran positively in both her races. The strength of the opposition in the 1,500 metres was a bit stronger but Joanna was still fresh enough to hold off the challenge from the Notts competitor and hold on to third place in the Pole Vault.

 

Samantha Barrett competed in the WU20 long jump jumping further than the team scorer in the U17 age group. Preparing for the 80 metre hurdles Sam was feeling a sore hamstring. Made the start line but withdrew after a false start saw her still waiting in the blocks. All the others had shot off false starting. A sore hamstring did not prevent Sam from a great effort in the High Jump.

 

Amelia, Elise and Ella all did well and a foretaste of even better performances during the summer. Yesterday was chilly, breezy and fortunately the clouds only deposited droplets at about 5pm.

Madison had a frustratingly disappointing long jump competition. Persuaded to take part in the 4 x 400 metres relay the first 300 metres was impressive and then Madison found the early effort made the finishing straight seem tremendously long. Nevertheless it was a winning quartet. Tomas and Ella ran the final legs of the U17 long relays bringing home the baton in first place.

 

There were some excellent performances but looking at some of the gaps and performances a full team would pose a serious threat even to Birchfield.

 

See you there next time at Abingdon on Sunday 1st June???!!!

 

Hilary Nash reports.