Our joint men's/women's team in the National Junior League Premiership performed well in their first match, finishing 5th of 8 teams. Amongst a number for fine performances, the highlights included Sam Watts' significant pb of 21.58 secs (+ 1.3) over 200m, moving him to 3rd on this year's UK rankings, whilst Junior Ejehu consolidated his 2nd place on the rankings with a season's best, and pb equalling 21.46 secs (+0.3). In the field Anthony Oshodi confirmed his 2nd place in the UK rankings with a 17.33m mark in the shot, and Peter Clarke was just below his recent hammer pb with 60.61m. Of the women, there was some fine spinting from Rachel Giwa, Kitty Eleyae and Jo White, and in the field Sarah Smith and multi-eventers Sam Moodie and Chloe Galloway stood out.
There were excellent performances from all athletes, with Devon Douglas winning 2 A and 1 B event and if the club could have been competitive in all events the club would have challenged for top spot.
The day started with the Hammer, with Fergus Harford throwing 36.00m (2nd B) and Devon Douglas throwing 43.42m (1st A). Devon was later to compete in the Shot, throwing 14.29m (1st A) and to follow up with 39.11m (1st B) in the Javelin.
National Young Athletes’ League, Southern Premier Lee Valley
17th May 2009
Final Match Result
1st Enfield & Harringey AC 448 points
2nd Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers 398 points
3rd Tonbridge AC 337. points
4th WGEL 324 points
There were again numerous excellent individual performances.
First place and UKA Grade 1 standards were achieved by U17B Austin Joseph 400m 51.00secs, Youcef Zatat Discus 44.92m, Peter Kirabo TJ 12.97m, and U15G Katherine Birch Discus 27.46m.
A number of WGwEl athletes competed at the Loughborough International on Sunday. This traditional early season fixture sees Loughborough University past and present take on teams from England, Scotland, Wales, GB Juniors and a combined British Universities team. The match result saw England run out comfortable winners and, despite the unhelpful wet and windy weather, there were a number of fine performances, including useful season's debuts from internationals Emeka Udechuku and Graham Hedman, and a European U/23 Championship qualifying mark over 800m from Tara Bird.