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Track & Field Update

Several Woodford athletes were in Birmingham over the weekend competing in the British Championships which were also the Trials for the British team for the London World Championships in August. Performances were led by medals for Mark Dry in the hammer and Youcef Zatat in the shot. Others also made finals and performed well.

Mark Dry placed 3rd in the hammer with a distance of 70.51, although down on his very best, Mark has had a truncated season after hip surgery during the winter. Youcef Zatat also placed 3rd in a shot competition which saw all competitors a little below their best. Youcef recorded 16.68m. Woodford's three athletes already selected for the European U/23 Championships were in action. Over 800m Dan Rowden finished very strongly to place 4th in 1m 50.27 secs. In a tactical race which saw the bell only just under 57 secs, Dan got a little boxed and then heavily knocked by eventual second placer Guy Learmouth with 200m to go. Although too late, when he was able to extract himself in the straight he was finishing faster than all those in front of him. In the heats of that same event, Canaan Solomon was 4th and recorded 1m51.92 secs. Jack Lawrie made the 400mH final where he placed 5th with 50.65 secs, and Joseph Dewar qualified from his heat of the 100m, with 10.59 secs (+1.0), but did not start his semi-final for precautionary reasons.  

The women's hammer saw Lucy Marshall place 5th with 61.03m, just behind HCA member Myra Perkins who was 4th with 61.27m. The men's steeplechase saw Adam Kirk-Smith finish strongly, but from a little too far back, and he placed 6th with 8m45.37 secs, whilst Phil Norman was troubled by an achilles problem, placing 13th with 9m19.54 secs. In the heats of the women's 400mH Anna Nelson recorded a personal best of 60.36 secs, and in the men's high jump Will Grimsey recorded 2.03m.

Competing in a Southern Inter-County match, Paul Scanlan placed 4th over 800m with 1m56.33 secs, Adrian Stamp recorded a season's best in the long jump of 6.81m (+1.5) as well as placing 4th over 100m with 11.89 secs (-2.9) into a strong headwind, and Katie Petyt was 5th in the women's triple jump with 10.13m (+1.8).