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Second place for juniors

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Cardiff's Welsh under 15 league team travelled to Hereford on Saturday last, 11th May, for the first round of this year's series.

In poor weather conditions (rain and cold blustery wnds), Cardiff produced 20 individual winners to score a total of 1113 points, 129 behind Cardiff Archers' 1242.

These two teams are well ahead of the others and Cardiff will be aiming to return to the top of the division in the remaining matches.

The match result was:

1.  Cardiff Archers (1242)
2.  Cardiff AAC (1113)
3.  Newport H (723)
4.  Cwmbran H (592)
5.  Hereford & County AC (520)
6.  Aberdare Valley AC (343)
7.  Blaenau Gwent AC (331)
8.  Rhindda AC (220)

To vie the full results click on RESULTS.

The team managers were pleased with the performances of the athletes who travelled to Hereford and their report is as follows:

UNDER 11s Girls:

In a team made up mostly of newcomers, a familiar name leads the way.  Cassey Grimwade, followed in her big brothers' footsteps and was Cardiff AAC's highest under 11 points scorer, after a 1st place in the Shot Put and a 2nd place in the Javelin.

As for the newcomers, Scarlett Russell had a fantastic win in the Javelin, along with Cassey, earning Cardiff maximum points in the Javelin. Scarlett also anchored the 4x100m Relay team to an impressive 2nd place.

Elsewhere, Emmanuella Kone showed good sprinting potential, finishing 2nd in her Heat and overall 7th out of 27 entries in the 150m. In the 75m, Olivia Thomas was Cardiff's fastest, in a good 12.20s, with Ruby Richardson also having a good debut winning the 4th Heat in the 75m.

UNDER 11 Boys:

Also following in his Big Brothers' footsteps, is Ben Vincent, younger brother of the extremely popular James. Ben's highlight was the 800m where he came in under the 3 minute mark, with 2:58.42, and also picking up points in the Long Jump.

The highest point scorer for the 11 boys was Kai Scurlock, who ran a good 12.02sec in the 75m, a solid 3.19m in the Long Jump, as well as going under the 25 second mark in the 150m. Also picking up points, was Alexander Kullkani, who clocked 12.50sec in the 75m, and 24.86sec in the 150m. Alexander was Cardiff AAC's only representative in the Shot.

Other point scorers include Carwyn Hastings who also ran the 800m in under 3 minutes, and Matthew Haughton who threw a good 13.07m in the Javelin. A competition where former Cardiff AAC athlete Elys Robjohn broke the all time Welsh Junior League record with a fantastic throw of 28.34m!! Smashing the old record of 27.20m, by over a meter...

UNDER 13 Girls:

As expected, it was the endurance girls that stole the show!! The 800m, saw Sofia Vella go head to head with Isobel Williams of Cwmbran. The two were shoulder to shoulder from the gun, to the finish line. Sofia's famed kick saw her inch closer and closer to, Isobel, the 2013 Welsh Indoor Champion. Cheered on by both clubs down the home straight, Sofia came within a whisker (0.3sec) of beating the girl currently ranked number 1 in Wales. In the 2nd heat, Annewen Gammon, took 3rd place overall for Cardiff, winning her heat by almost 100m!  

The 1500m, proved even more exciting. As we welcomed the 2013 1500m Welsh Indoor Champion Abigail Fisher to the club, it was a new name that won the race, helping Cardiff AAC to maximum points in the 1500m. Few people, apart from maybe coach Liz Davies, would have expected Jessica Wadey, to clinch this race, again on the line. There was just over half a second separating the two girls. A Cardiff One-Two!

Aside from the endurance races, there is no doubt who the star of the day was. Having had a very good competition in Bristol the previous week, Lana Culliford, produced what was arguably the performance of the day in winning the 70mH. Her time of 12.13sec, earning her a Grade 2 mark in the AAA Standards  and it didn't end there. Buoyed on by her success in the hurdles, Lana went on to win the girls High Jump. In an event, seen as a weakness for the club, this win will be most welcome. She then went on to pick up some useful points in the Discus.

In the 1k Walk, Jeri-Lyn Grabham gave Cardiff AAC a great start to the day, winning the first Track event of the day. Other point scorers, included Issie Tustin who went under 30 seconds, in the 200m, with an excellent new PB of 29.92s. Bethan Gammon, picked up points in the Javelin, Shot and Discus, along with, Sylva Brindle in the Long Jump.

UNDER 13 Boys:

There is only one place to start! The 4x100m relay. The newly formed quartet, started the race as overwhelming under dogs. They came up against, an excellent Cardiff Archers team, consisting of 3 former Cardiff AAC athletes, including last year's standout under 11 and still good friend with many Cardiff athletes, Daniel Murathodzic. Alfie Davies handed the baton, to Thomas Hanson, who has been a fantastic recent addition to the Team. Thomas' leg made a huge difference and tipped the balance in Cardiff's favour. Jonathan Gibson, fresh from his exploits in the Long Jump, kept the pressure up to hand over to anchor man James Kennett. Starting neck and neck with Daniel, no one could take their eyes off the home straight. James dug in deep and held off a never been beaten before Archers quartet. The result, however, has been over shadowed by an error in the results sheet, which gave the win to Archers.

Away from the relays, there were two very special individual performances. Scoring the most number of points was Jay Morse, winning the Shot Put and Discus. Yes. Think Morse, think Discus! Jay is the younger brother of Welsh Record holder Brett Morse. Jay's throw of 25.53m, earned him a Grade 1 mark in the AAA Standards. Jay has his sights on matching (and beating) his big brother’s records. With this impressive performance in his first ever competition, who can disagree?!

The other individual to stand out, was Jonathan Gibson, winning an extremely competitive Long Jump event. In very strong windy conditions, Jonathan followed a solid performance in Bristol last week, with a great jump of 4.31m in Hereford. In a competition that contained the current Welsh number 1. Jonathan dealt with the bad weather better than his competitors and produced the 3 best jumps of day, having also jumped 4.24m and 4.26m. Finishing 2nd in the High Jump, meant that Jonathan had a day to remember.

Other point scorers included, Alfie Davies who took more than 2 seconds off his 800m PB to come a very close second. He later dropped down to the 200m, to finish 5th out of 23 athletes. Adam Mohsin, who is currently too injured to take part in his normal event, the High Jump, nevertheless, helped Jay Morse to get maximum points for Cardiff in the Discus with a good 15.69m throw, to take 2nd place behind Jay. Another Cardiff One-Two!

In the 1500m, Morgan James crossed the line 3rd, adding good points to the Cardiff tally, along with Carwyn Phillips in the 800m and Oliver Cooper in the High Jump. The newly acquired Thomas Hanson took 2nd place in the 100m and 200m, as well as another Cardiff one-two in the Shot with Jay Morse.

Another possible error in the results sheet, means that the Javelin results are being reviewed by Welsh Athletics.

Under 15 Girls :

A great performance from Cardiff’s Under 15 girls, taking first place in their age group with 230 points.  Notable performances were from:

Lauren Evans who took a first place double in both the 75m Hurdles and  High Jump. Catrin Lord, recovering from injury, took 2nd place in the long jump.   Elen Evans  took 2nd place in the hammer.  Caitlin Exton came 1st in her debut performance at 300m. Emily Griffin and Emma Lightart stormed to an excellent finish in the 800 to take 1st and 2nd places respectively.  Elishka Coupar had a great run in very difficult conditions to take 2nd in the 1500m followed by Caitlin Exton in 3rd place. 

Under 15 Boys:

Also a great performance from Cardiff’s Under 15 boys who took 2nd place to Cardiff Archers with 231 points to their 262. Notable performances came from:

Jake Hayward, was seen in the unfamiliar setting of the 200m and 300m.  In the 200m Jake had a convincing win in the first heat and went on to take 2nd place overall.  His excellent performance in the 300m saw Jake storm through, not only to take first place, but the league record with an outstanding result of 38.97, previously set by Ryan James also of Cardiff.

In the 800m Joe Alder had a convincing performance winning by 6 seconds, also in the top 3 was Ieaun Jones who took 3rd place for Cardiff.

Despite the terrible weather conditions of cold winds and rain, James Vincent brought home 3rd place in the 1500m. James also went on the win the high jump with a new personal best of 1.48m, with 3rd place going to Liam Francis.

Owain Thomas Jenkins had an excellent day making it a triple 1st in the shot, Hammer and Javelin.  A great performance also came from Kiaran Grimwade, who took 1st place in the discus and 2nd place in the Hammer and Javelin.

Jack Murray also did well to take 2nd place in the Discus.

Finally in the 4 x 100 relay Joe Alder, Jack Murray, James Vincent and Jake Hayward brought home 2nd place.

Well done to all our athletes a great start to the season!