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Wednesday 13 July 2011

Cardiff's team in the National Junior League has all but secured its position in the Midland Premier Division by coming fifth in this year's third round match, held at Derby last Sunday, 10th July. A strong performance by the men compensated for unavoidable absences and Ryan Leonard (pictured) was chosen as the overall athlete of the match for his winning throw in the javelin.

It was a very bleary eyed bus load of athletes and officials that left Cardiff at 6.15am on Sunday morning for the drive to Derby. A few minor adjustments were made on the way as one athlete was left sleeping soundly in his bed, totally unaware that he had had an appointment to keep. Another athletewas tracked down in a game of hide and seek in Newport!
Arriving in Derby, the weather was reasonably kind with just a little patter of rain that almost passed un-noticed. The temperature on the track was a little too warm at times but a headwind was sent to cool things down occasionally.
There was an abundance of PB's again in this match with the most notable one being the javelin throw of 59.65m by Ryan Leonard which earned him the Athlete of the Match award.
Mike Ward switched to 800m and was rewarded with a time three seconds quicker than his previous best. Talented athlete Jamaul Whyte decided to give the 400mH a try and did very well to record a winning time of 59.1s; could this be his new event? Rhys Williams extended his PB in the Long Jump to 6.54m in his debut in this league while David Callan set a new best of 4.10m in the Pole Vault. Bradley Cole also added to his Shot best with a putt of 11.32m.
It was very encouraging to see several new faces amongst the girls and they aquitted themselves very well - as under 17's they are getting their first taste of the next level of competition. Chloe Phillips managed a PB in the Hammer which was all the more impressive for being set with the heavier implement. Anna Morris also did very well to complete both the 1500m and the 3k. We also welcomed Izzy Lewis and Marthienne Mimbango to the team for the first time and both did well in their chosen events. Megan O'Sullivan had a good day setting a PB of 5.32m in the Long Jump and finishing in second place in the Triple Jump. It was also nice to see the return of athletes such as Aimee Hendrickson to the fold after the demands of exams.
The final score saw us pip Cannock & Stafford into fifth place by just one point. This also secured us the fifth place overall in the League with just one match to go at home on 24th July. Well done to all the athletes and officials who helped make this possible.
The last match of the season is at home and team managers Julie & Debbie hope to see as many as possible in action especially if you are interested in doing the less popular events such as the steeple-chase and sprint hurdles! We will be seeking you out over the next 2 weeks, so make yourselves available and let's have an enjoyable day!

Cardiff's individual event winners were:   Sam Gordon (100m B);  Jamaul Whyte (400mH B & High Jump B);  Matthew Field (Hammer B);  Ryan Leonard (Javelin A);  Bradley Cole (Javelin B & Shot Put B).

The match result was: 

1.  Birchfield H (579)
2.  West Wales composite (482)
3.  Notts AC (453)
4.  Rugby & Northants (431)
5.  Cardiff AAC (402)
6.  Cannock & Staffs (401)
7.  Mansfield (284)
8.  Charnwood (226)

To view the full results click on RESULTS.