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Senior men win

Sunday 7 May 2017

After topping Divsion two last year and gaining automatic promotion, Cardiff's British Athletics League team made a great start to their campaign in Division one with a win yesterday at Basingstoke.

With a solid all-round performance, Cardiff accumulated 318 points to win the match, with Welsh rivals Swansea close behind on 316.

The team scores were:

1. Cardiff AAC (318 points)
2. Swansea H & AC (316)
3. Harrow AC (291)
4. Blackheat & Bromley AC (283)
5. Sale H (265)
6. Windsor Slough & Eton AC (265)
7. Basingstoke & Hants AC (208)
8. Glasgow AC (208)

The day started with the hammer competition and Cardiff immediately picked up good points. Higher claim member Jonathan Edwards, making his debut for the team, was second in the A competition; and went on to win the B discus. Seventeen year old Kieran Grimwade, drafted in to the team only a few days previously and never having thrown the senior hammer in competition before, surpassed himself to win the B competition with a throw of 48.68m

Club captain Brett Morse won the A discus and A shot put competitions while Jason Copsey and Richard Dangerfield took second spots in the javelin. With decathlete Curtis Mathews covering two field events (long jump A 4th and shot put B 1st) as well as the 110m hurdles, Cardiff was the top scoring team in the field events.

On the track, Cardiff scored some impressive wins, none more so than Rowan Axe's dominant run to easily win the 1500m. Paul Bennett had got the track events off to a good start with second place in the A 400m hurdles, despite the handicap of lane one and a strong headwind in the back straight, and Ryan Cooper showed much improved form to take second in the B race. Alex Coomber matched Rowan Axe's control of his race to win the 800m A race, an event that saw another seventeen year old, James Vincent, make his debut in the senior team. James ran a very well judged race to take third spot in the B race.

Sam Gordon clocked a legal 10.49 to win the 100m with James Griffiths taking second in the B race and Dan Nash doubled up to take third in the B 1500m and fourth in the A 3000m.

One of the classiest performances of the day was Owen Smith's smooth 47.36 to win the 400m A race.

With only the two relays to go, Cardiff was leading the team scores with 304, with Swansea second on 297 and, with two strong relay squads, Cardiff was confident of finishing the day on top; until disaster struck. Following a mix up over the runners in the 200m, which had cost the club valuable points, the 4x100m relay team failed to get the baton round and scored no points. Swansea had come second. The final event, the 4x400m relay saw Cardiff cross the line in second place and Swansea in seventh. Both Cardiff and Swansea team managers were biting their nails until the final score was announced and Cardiff had held onto its lead by two points.

Cardiff can be satisfied with this team performance, especially as there was a number of gaps in the team which could be filled with strong performers. The next round is in Swansea on 3rd June and Cardiff should be looking to capitalise on a strong start. Could Wales see its top two clubs both in the Premiership next season?

The results can be seen here.