Also competing at Cardiff were Woodford’s women’s team, as the first match of the UKWL first division was hosted concurrently with the Man’s BAL Premiership. The women had been relegated from their Premier Division last season but were determined to make a strong effort to bounce straight back. The team performed well, placing 3rd overall, as they scored 174 points behind hosts Cardiff on 207, Shaftesbury 184, and ahead of Notts 150, Harrow 145, Crawley 138, Sale 137 and Enfield 126. Woodford therefore lie 3rd overall with the top two teams to be promoted. This was also a good all-round team performance, and as with the men, many took on additional events, several made debuts and there were “A” string wins for Lucy Marshall, Sylvia Cruz and Revee Walcott-Nolan, plus a personal best for Anna Nelson.
Photos (by Alex Wardle)
Moe Sasegbon: on her way to winning the 100mH B string
Lucy Marshall’s win came at the start of the day in the hammer, where she won a good competition by just 9cm with a throw of 57.55. Later Lucy also covered the discus where she placed 7th with 30.29m. In the “B” hammer and missing a specialist, Sylvia Cruz stood in and with 26.93m placed 4th.
Sylvia’s win came in her specialist event, the javelin, where she threw 45.90m and Sylvia (photo right) also gained useful shot points with 11.96m which placed 4th, just further than Moe Sasegbon whose 11.83m won the “B”. Heptahlete Moe also placed equal 1st in the high jump with 1.70m, and won the “B” 100mH with 14.56 secs (-0.8). In that “A” race a debutant, Gabriella Ade-Onojobi, was 2nd with 14.33 secs (-0.8). Gabriella was later 7th in the 200m with 25.23 secs (-0.2), as Jo Ryan won the “B” with 25.34 secs (-1.4). Jo had earlier placed 5th in a good standard 400m with 56.58 secs, with Anna Nelson 3rd in a good “B” race with 56.10 secs. In the first track race of the day Anna had lowered her one week old 400mH personal best by a further 0.02 secs as she placed 2nd in a good quality race with 58.87 secs. Covering that “B” string was Jade Currie who placed 5th in 68.36 secs, before gaining additional useful points with 6th in the “B” 1500m with 5m52.59 secs (where another debutant, Becky Wilby, was 7th in the “A” with 5m14.09 secs) and 6th in the “B” long jump with 4.77m. In that “A” long jump Amelia MacDonald, also a multi-eventer, was 6th with 5.61m, and later was 4th in the “B” high jump with 1.55m.
In the 100m two of Woodford's young U/20’s stepped in to fill the places and make UKWL debuts and, although faced with a step up in class from their recent SAL and YDL competitions, acquitted themselves well; Karina Hope-Bruce was 8th in the “A” with 13.13 secs (-1.0) and in the “B” Rebecca Fafowora was 7th in 13.20 secs (-1.0). Later, Rebecca also competed in the triple jump where she was 7th with 9.74m. In that “B” event Eike Vardja was 5th with 8.87m, and also 3rd in the “B” javelin with 27.99m, and 5th in the “B” discus with 26.86m.
Revee Walcott-Nolan’s win came in the 800m where, having passed 200m in 30 secs, and 400m in around 62 secs, she found herself well clear of the field and then ran strongly to win comfortably with 2m08.24 secs. In the “B” string, Anna Clark had a good run and just lost in the final 100m and finished 2nd with 2m11.02 secs. The 3k saw Danni Nimmock, more used to racing marathons than on the track currently, cut out the early pace, and, showing good form, recorded 9m46.18 secs for 2nd. In the “B” Rachel Lund ran the first part of a tough double and placed 3rd with 10m57.45 secs, later running the 2000m s/ch where she was 4th with 8m02.49secs.
The 4x100m squad of Rebecca Fafowora, Jo Ryan, Gabriella Ade-Onjobi and Moe Sasegbon were 7th with 48.78 secs, whilst in the 4x400m Anna Nelson (photo above, 56.8), Jo Ryan (57.5), Anna Clark (58.9) and Revee Walcott-Nolan (55.7) combined to place 3rd in a good 3m48.72 secs.
Team manager Keith Newton was very encouraged with the performance in Cardiff and hopeful with additional athletes available in due course a push for promotion is a real possibility.