Mike Strange’s Track & Field Round-Up – 6th March 2017

The highlight of this week must be the fantastic performances of British Athletes at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.  Bristol & West had only remote connections to athletes competing for GB but there is a claim that 4 x 400 metre relay silver medalist Mary IHEKE was training regularly with Debo ADEMUYEWO’s sprint group at Whitehall this time last year, and of course Jazmin SAWYERS occasionally trained at Whitehall during her recent time at Bristol University.  Never the less well done to all of the British Athletes.

The main domestic event on Sunday was the Welsh Under-20 International between England and Wales.  Hannah WILLIAMS was our sole entry on the programme (as a guest) and she did us proud with a resounding victory in the 60 metres with a personal best of 7.74 seconds.  Hannah has looked more dominant each week indoors in the sprints and seems well prepared for a great 2017.  Also competing were Higher Competition athletes Tom GALE who won the High Jump with a winning leap of 2.13 metres and Long Jumper Abby MILES who jumped 5.07 metres with her second round jump to finish sixth.

Nick HARRIS took a handful of Sprinters to the Windsor, Slough and Eton Open at Eton and all benefited from the keen competition.  Ben TULLOCH led the way with a win in his 60 metre race just off his season’s best with a 7.42 second clocking followed by a second race at 7.43 seconds.  Alexandra BRYANT improved her PB massively with an 8.34 second clocking to win her race and Hammer Thrower Anna LOUGHLIN showed that throwers can also sprint with an 8.52 timing in second place.  Nina NEMI completed the team with an 8.60 run for I think her first indoor race.

There is much to catch up from last week (I was away)

Most notable were the outdoor Hammer Throwing performances of our outstanding throwers Catherine BEATTY and Christina JONES.  Both threw in excess of 60 metres in an exciting competition at Loughborough with Catherine on home ground throwing a PB of 60.80 metres to take second place.  Christina so long our leading thrower came out early for her outdoor season but was headed by Catherine for the first time I believe with a throw of 60.13 metres.  Christina does hold the Club record with a 63.98 metre throw.  Nevertheless two 60 metre throwers in February is fantastic and must bode well for a great season in the UKWALg for our throwers.

We had two athletes selected to compete for representative teams in the Inter-Area Masters competition at Lee Valley.  Peter MOUNTAIN was delighted to run a season’s best in his final race in the V50 – V59 age group when he ran 2:24.9 for his 800 metres.  Sarah EVERITT was frustrated after so much hard training to find the opposition quite poor.  She won both her 800 metres and 1500 metres in season’s best of 2:31.91 and 5:09.56. Sarah was also selected for the winning V50 4 x 200 metre relay where she clocked a 30 second leg.  A Sprinter eh Sarah?

In the USA Miranda SADLER had two excellent races in the Boston area where she ran 2:56.27 for 1,000 metres on 10th February 2017 before posting a PB 800 metres of 2:16.48 on the 19th February.  Lucy BRYAN continued her outstanding Pole Vaulting with her third best Indoor Vault of 4.27 metres again in Akron on 17th February.  International Long Jumper Emily WRIGHT opened her season quite late in Ames IA with a 5.92 metre jump to head the Club Rankings for the year.

New signing Jamie ANDERSON cleared 1.90 metres to come seventh in the British Under-20 Indoor Championships which was won by our outstanding Higher Competition Athlete Tom GALE with a 2.13 metre clearance.  Another HCA Ada’ora CHIGBO came second in the Shot with a throw of 12.28 metres and matched Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS best jump of this season with a 1.69 metre high jump clearance in fourth place.  In the sprints apart from the exploits of Tia JACKSON we also had HCA Yvette WESTWOOD competing.  Evie ran a super 200 metres in 25.08 seconds and 7.74 seconds for 60 metres to win her heat but disappointed with a below par 7.90 second semi-final and did not qualify for her final.

Mike Strange – 6 March 2017

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