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Improved result by juniors

Thursday 27 June 2013

Cardiff's UK Development League (under 15 & 13) team travelled to Rugby again last Saturday, 22nd June, for the third round match of this year's series.

In blustery conditions, Cardiff improved on its first and second round results, finishing a close third behind Rugby and Swansea and pushing Midlands giants Birchfield into fourth place. The team remains in fourth place overall.

The match result was:

1.  Rugby & Northants AC (515.5 points)
2.  Swansea H (486)
3.  Cardiff AAC (479.5)
4.  Birchfield H (447)
5.  Notts AC (390)
6.  Bristol & West (295)

The standings after three rounds, and with one round to go, are:

1.  Rugby & Northants AC (18 league points)
2.  Swansea H (15)
3.  Birchfield H (11)
4.  Cardiff AAC (10
5.  Notts AC (6)
6.  Bristol & West (3)

Cardiff's individual event winners were:

Under 15 boys:  Jake Heyward (800m A);  Ieuan Jones (1500m B);  Harry Hillman (80mH A & Long Jump B);  Jasper Hawkins (Pole Vault B).

Under 13 boys:  Thomas Hanson (100m A);  James Kennett (100m B & 200m B);  Jay Morse (Shot Put B).

Under 15 girls:  Catrin Lord (100m B & 200m B & Long Jump A);  Emma Ligthart (1500m A);  Lauren Evans (75mH A & Long Jump B);  Sarah Omoregie (75mH B & High Jump A);  Elen Evans (Hammer A);  Niamh Galton (High Jump A).

Under 13 girls:  Abigail Fisher (1200m A);  Anwen Gammon (1200m B). 

The official results can be viwed by clicking on RESULTS.

The team managers write as follows:

Under 15 Girls

Athlete OF The Day – Catrin Lord

The Under 15 girls, gave us, by far the most impressive performance of the year, of any Cardiff age group. A 3rd place, in the first two matches, was surpassed in Rugby, with an emphatic 11 point victory for girls. The team's dominance, capped off by a fantastic 4x100m .

So good was this performance, that choosing an Athlete Of The Day proved very difficult. There's multi eventer Lauren Evans. A win in the 75mH A race, and an excellent PB in the Long Jump (20 pts). The ever dependable Elen Evans, who is the Team's corner stone for the throwing events (19 pts). Another multi eventer, Sarah Omeragie, won the HJ, and 75mH B race(16 pts). Add to that Emma Lightart, who produced one of the biggest PBs of the day, in the 1500m, taking 10 seconds off her previous best, and smashing through the 5 minute mark, with 4:55.6.

But, it’s Catrin Lord, who walks away with Athlete of the Day. Firstly, for racking up more points than any other Cardiff athlete(23 pts). Also, 3 wins, Long Jump (A), 100m(B), 200m(B). It was in the LJ where Catrin produced arguably the single best performance of the day (along with Emma Lightart!). Adding a huge 20cm to her previous best, and going beyond the 5 meter mark for the first time. In doing so, finds herself number 2 in Wales. Great timing for the Welsh Champs...!!!

Elsewhere, Bethan Register followed a good performance in the 200m, with a great anchor leg for the 4x100m team, which saw Bethan overhaul Birchfield, and win the race on the line, to give the Under 15 girls maximum points in the Relay...

Rebecca Kennet, continues to impress with a solid 3rd place in the 100m, as well as being part of the winning 4x100m team. Another good day for the very popular Amber Harding, who came within a whisker of a new PB in the 800m. Angel Powell also picked up points for Cardiff in the 800m B race. In the 1500m, Olivia Morgan White, was a little off her best, but, still gained a good 2nd place in the 1500m B race.

Away from the track, Elin Glaves earned very good points for Cardiff in all three throwing events. Whilst, an off day for Niamh Galton, still saw her get maximum points in the HJ B competition.

Under 13 Girls

Athlete Of The Day – Abigail Fisher

A much weakened under 13 girls team, took 5th place overall. An improvement on finishing 6th in both previous YDL matches. With at least half a dozen missing, those who were there, fought extremely hard for every single point.

The best race of the day was, the 1200m. Abigail Fisher and Annwen Gammon, ran the perfect race, to clinch a Cardiff One-Two, in the home straight, and earn the team maximum points. For that performance alone, Abigail is the Under 13 Girl’s, Athlete Of The Day…

Not content with a great run, and a PB, in the 1200m, Annwen then swapped spikes for flats, and joined twin sister Bethan, in the Shot Put. Still out of breath, Annwen, then recorded her second PB of the day. Also, a PB in the Shot, for Bethan. Not, the best day in the Javelin for Bethan. She’ll be looking to improve on that next weekend, in the Champs.

It was another competition where the newcomers made a name for themselves. Ellie-May Stonehewer, was Cardiff’s highest points scorer, with 11 points. An excellent 3rd place in the High Jump, and a 2nd in the Long Jump competition, with a PB of exactly 4 meters. Silva Brindle, continues to improve, and got a very good 3rd, in the Long Jump. Whilst Renee Moore, in her first competition, recorded very good times in the 75m and 150m.

As well as the newbies, Cardiff AAC’s, May’ Athlete Of The Month, Jessica Wadey, picked up 3rd in a very good 800m, and a new PB in the 75m. Jessica also anchored a newly formed quartet to 5th place in the 4x100m.

But, the last word has to go to two athletes, who never cease to amaze! Evie Poyner and Georgia Wink, have racked up almost as many points for Cardiff, as any other athlete in this age group. In virtually every competition this season, when called upon, both girls have never objected to taking part in any event, regardless of the outcome.


Boys Athletes of the Day

U13 - Thomas Hanson
U15 – Harry Hillman

A blustery day in Rugby saw the boys’ team collect 10 wins in all - 5 apiece for the U13 & U15s for 3rd & 2nd place respectively. If it hadn’t been for a fairly small squad & a couple of injuries we may have piped Swansea to 2nd overall.

There were many good performances with a number of high points scorers. In the U15s Kieran Grimwade amassed 18 pts with a highlight being a PB in the discus by a mighty 1.8m! Thomas Hanson was the top scorer in the U13 with 22 in all, including a win at 100m (A) and a PB in the shot. Tomi Owens (18pts) had 3 PBs at 75mH, 800m & Javelin - his first time at the event netting him 3rd place with a healthy 23m best. However like the girls, one athlete managed 23 points - Harry Hillman with wins in the 80mH(A), LJ (B) & a 2nd place in the 100m.

On the field the U15s had a great day, with the Pole Vault picking up 14 points through Rhodri Davies who was 2nd (A) with an effort that equaled his best ever, while Jasper Hawkins won the B competition. There was another 14 points in the LJ thanks in part to Jordan Fenders’ half metre improvement on his previous best. Adam Mohsin & Jonathan Gibson, the U13 jumpers, both put in solid performances in the LJ & HJ picking up 19 pts between them while Jay Morse won the U13 shot (B) with another personal best.

The middle distancers were another great source of points, in the U15 800m(A) Jake Heyward demolished the field for his win whilst Joe Scammell picked up a personal best. For the U13s, Daniel John put in a storming run and Morgan James sliced a huge 13” off his 1500m best on his YDL debut. The older 1500m runners produced a superb race with Ieuan Jones tracking Joe Alder all the way but Joe pipped it by 0.4” at the death.

The shorter distances were also solid for us with Sam Wink & Huw Ward picking up valuable points. James Kennet also produced some fine performances with 2 wins (100B & 200B) & he anchored the 4x100m team as they won a tight race by a couple of feet.

A special mention to all the boys who stepped up to try new events, like Jack Murray in the javelin. It’s these extra points that can make all the difference at the end of the day - DIOLCH!

The next YDL fixture is in Cardiff on 13.7.2013, so please make yourselves available so we can put in a great home performance.  Can all athletes take time to check their profile on www.thepowerof10.info - there are a few omissions/mistakes (e.g. no club, spelling mistakes etc.) that we need to get fixed.

Finally, good luck to everyone competing in the Welsh Championships this weekend!


With apologies for the late posting of this news item.