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   Junior Women: YDL Upper Age Group 2014

       Normal service has been resumed – our girls bounce back in the National Final

  For the first time in many       finishing 4th in the 200m          Maya Bruney
  a year, our Junior Women         and Cheriece anchoring the
  embarked on the summer’s         4 x 400m team to silver medals     4x300m and wins for a hastily
  league programme other than      – but every silver-lining has its  reorganized U17 sprint relay
  as National Champions.           cloud and this meant we were       squad (Jazz, Lizzie, Parris and
  Work to do, then, to put         to be deprived of their services   Toyin), following an injury
  things right. This was the       for most of the season.            to Maya, and the U20 400m
  second year of the new YDL       However, as you will see, we       quartet (Cheriece, Natty, Janae
  and, of all the changes that     are a team and, as a team, we      and Jess). In the circumstances,
  could have been made to          take adversity in our stride!      it was a solid, and encouraging,
  improve the experience, the                                         start to our campaign:
  one that was imposed on us       Norwich – 27th April               although no official scoring
  was to find an extra U17                                            breakdown was produced for
  athlete in each track event:     Thus, it was with a mixture of     the women’s match, we most
  well, we wouldn’t want to        hope and trepidation that we       probably won it. The combined
  make the team manager’s          ventured up the A11 for our        match score, however, saw
  job too easy now, would we?      first fixture. True to form, the   us finish a disconcerting 4th:
  Perhaps that actually played     throws didn’t start (or finish)    early days, but if we can’t make
  to our strengths, but it didn’t  well: apart from Anna Barnett      it to the Finals, we don’t get
  always seem to be the case!      in the U17, who battled away       the chance to win that title
With a welcome influx of           determinedly all season, we        back. Food for thought!
middle distance runners            struggled and went entirely
from the lower age group,          unrepresented in the U20           Norman Park – 1st June
our main concerns centred          hammer. But, fortunately,          Our home match and things
on the throws, where we            these proved to be relatively      were certainly looking more
had, for a number of reasons,      minor setbacks on a day which      positive, with throwers
lost the core of our squad,        saw everyone, not for the first    emerging from retirement
and covering these events          or the last time, help out as      (albeit briefly). Missing both
was to remain a challenge          they could. The icing on the       Dina and Shannon, the
throughout the season. On          cake came in the form of A&B       individual sprints were a
the (very) bright side, we were    string wins in the U20 100         challenge, but Viv stepped up
destined to have the honour        and 200 (Dina & Viv), 1500         (winning the 200 and 2nd in
of three of our number             (Niamh and Anna Myers)             the 100 – a feat replicated by
achieving selection for the        and TJ (Kerri and Toyin) and       Jazz in the U17) and others
World Junior Championships         further wins from Janae (B
in Eugene, Oregon in July          800), Jess (A 3000 and U17A
– and how well they all ran:       1500), Kerri (A LJ), Jazz (U17B
Dina winning the 100m (so          100 and A 300), Charlotte
that, if only for about half       (U17B 800), Isabella (A 300H)
an hour, we had the reigning       and Jamiyla (U17 HJ). Despite
male and female World Junior       a minor hiccough in the U20
100m champions!), Shannon          sprint relay (DQ – an early
                                   reminder of the cardinal rule
                                   of relay running: GTBR!), we
                                   ended strongly with 2nd in the
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