Woodford Green athletes take second spot at SAL meeting
PUBLISHED: 09:03 25 May 2012
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC finsih just behind Ipswich Harriers in latest contest
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies AC enjoyed a successful Saturday in a Southern Athletics League meeting at Ashton Playing Fields.
They were up against Watford Harriers, West Norfolk and Ipswich Harriers on the day, with the latter emerging victorious over Woodford by 15 points, though team manager Paul Manson was delighted with the runner-up spot.
Sarah Claxton’s 13.83 seconds clocking in the 100 metre hurdles, Hannah Frankson’s triple jump of 12.80m and Hollie Redman’s 40.75m in the discus, were complemented by Kathrine Foy, Chloe Michaud and Maxine Davies collecting 13, 10 and nine-match points respectively in individual events, before they each also made a contribution to the winning relay teams.
In the women’s 100m and 200m, Azaria Francis and Katie Skelding took first positions in the A and B strings respectively.
The men’s section also included some close in-house competition.
In the discus and shot putt, Devon Douglas and Chris Linque won maximum A and B string points for the club, while bettering the distances of all the other competitors.
Sylvester Juwe with 11.10 and under-20 Hasif Bedford with 11.40 were only separated by Tom Powell of Ipswich in the 100m sprint.
The 3,000m saw Bertie Powell finish in second place behind Ipswich’s Chris Rooke in a time of 8.56.80, with club-mate Jamie Nunn a creditable third in 9.01.80.
Tomaz Plibersek and Tom Beedell were running stride for stride in the 3,000m steeplechase, before the latter was unintentionally hindered by a runner being lapped at the water-jump barrier.
Plibersek went on to record a promising early season mark of 9.36.22 and Beedell, who had to backtrack at the water jump, ran on gamely to secure the top placing in the B string.
Dan Yaxley and Sam Benge made important contributions to the team score by running well in the 400m, 800m and the 4x400m relay.
But the individual performance of the day in the men’s section was under-17 athlete Joseph Dewar’s 6.97m long jump, as it confirmed his position at the top of the national rankings for his age group.