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YDL team roars ahead.

Monday 26 June 2017

Taking full advantage of a home fixture, Cardiff's YDL (upper age group) team dominated the third round match yesterday, winning by a huge 168 points and leapfrogging Team Avon to take the top spot in the division and a guaranteed entry to the regional final in Yate on 23rd July.

After the heatwave earlier in the week, Sunday started off cold, windy and wet but, thankfully, the rain disappeared and the sun came out although the wind did not ease and the athletes had to battle what was often a strong headwind in the home straight.

The final team scores were:

1. Cardiff AAC (789.3 points)
2. West Wales (621.3)
3. Team Avon (585)
4. Team Devon & Cornwall (577)
5. Swansea Harriers AC (407.3)
6. Cheltenham & County AC (396)

After three matches, the league positions are:

1. Cardiff AAC (16 points) (2080.8 match points)
2. Team Avon (16 points) (1974 match points)
3. Team Devon & Cornwall (11)
4. West Wales (9)
5. Swansea Harriers AC (6)
6. Cheltenham & County AC (5)

Cardiff's individual event winners were:

Under 20 men: Arron Owen (100m A); Richard Lee (100m B); James Vincent (3000m A); Sam Curwen (3000m B); Kieran Grimwade (hammer A).

Under 20 women: Issie Tustin (100m A); Hannah Pachuta (100m B); Naomi Reid (400m B); Georgia Cole (1500m B); Bethan Evans (3000m A); Rhian Jones (3000m B); Ellie Powell (1500m steeplechase B); Sarah Omoregie (shot put A); Ffion Palmer (hammer A).

Under 17 men:
Iwan Robinson-Booth (100m B); Jeremiah Azu (200m B); Seth Kelly (400m A); Joseph Coope-Franklin (400m B); Morgan James (800m A); Larry Ryan (800m B); Louis Spencer (1500m A); Cameron Pamment (100m Hurdles B); Harvey Reynolds (400m Hurdles A); James Gold (1500m steeplechase B); Tom Britt (long jump A); Simeon Santima (high jump B); Daniel John (triple jump B); Jay Morse (shot put A & discus A); Harri Wheeler-Sexton (shot put B); Rhys Barkley (hammer B & javelin B); Cameron Taylor (javelin A).

Under 17 women:
Ffion Waddon (200m B); Hannah Longden (300m B); Kiara Frizelle (800m A); Gracie Wheeler (1500m A & 3000m A); Isabel Breeden (300m hurdles A); Sofia Vella (1500m steeplchase B); Catrin Jones (high jump B & triple jump B); Grace Leggett (pole vault B); Bethan Gammon (hammer A).

In addition the under 17s won all four relays and the under 20s won two of the four.

The top three teams qualify for the regional final where they will meet the top three from the Midlands Premier North/East division. The best two from this match will then go on to the national finals in Birmingham on Sunday 3rd September. Cardiff qualified for the national final last year. Can we do it again?

Congratulations to all those who made yesterday such a success for Cardiff and thanks also to the team managers and especially to Debbie Bull who somehow managed to combine being a team manager with organising the meeting.

The full results can be seen here.