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   Southern Athletics League –
   Women’s Team Report

  A mixed season with some         points to the South Coaster’s     young alike with Natalie Jones,
  excellent results and involving  192, with Basingstoke & Mid       Parris Johnson, Elizabeth
  a lot of organisation to         Hants third (176.5) and the City  Ibidunni, Isabella Hilditch,
  integrate the various elements   of Portsmouth fourth (143).       Bethany Frost, Mel Kane,
  of an effective track &          Highlight of the B&B              Sarah Belaon, Phillippa Croft,
  field team into a cohesive       performances was a new            Anastasia Davies, Brooke
  unit, resulted in the team       League record in the women’s      Hollett, and Yemisi Sofolarin,
  managing to maintain its         4x100m courtesy of Dina           all achieving better than they
  status in the top division       Asher Smith, Rachel Dickens,      had before.
  of the Southern League.          Shannon Hylton and Vivien
  However much assistance          Olatunji. They timed 45.81        Match 2 – Croydon Arena
  was needed from other teams      nearly two seconds quicker than   Our 2nd match unfortunately
  such as the Juniors and Vets     the previous record and a time    clashed with the National
  to accomplish this but there     which is also a Club Record       Masters Road Relays, meaning
  were in addition to the team     for an electric timed relay. In   that whilst the B&B 35-45
  effort some fine individual      addition to her Record, Rachel    female team recorded their
  performances and records         also received both the League     highest ever finish position,
  across the broad age spectrum.   and B&B Athlete of the Match      we were stretched to cover the
Match 1 – Norman Park              awards for winning the 400m in    middle distance track events.
We made a bright start to the      a new personal best of 54.48.     Fortunately, there was not a
Southern Athletics League          There were plenty of other        clash with the YDL and our
season with a home win at          wins, including Jessica Keene in  under 17s stepped up to fill the
Norman Park. It was no easy        the 800; the women’s 4 x 400m     gaps. A string of wins came
win as we were fought all the      quartet; and from Samantha        from Toyin Orelaja (triple
way by a promising Brighton &      Milner in the discus with an      jump), Rachel Dickens (200),
Hove team and it was only in       impressive early season throw     Krystal Galley (400), Shannon
the last handful of events that    of 48.18, after travelling some   Riskey (800), Jessica Keene
B&B pulled clear to score 204.5    distance to attend the match.     (3000), Kelsey Fuss (2000
                                   In the B string discus Anna       steeplechase) and the women’s
Maureen Miller                     Barnett set a new best of         4 x 400m relay teams.
                                   29.46 and she also set a pb of    There was also a new Club
                                   23.54 in coming second in         record as Jackie Montgomery
                                   the A string hammer. Whilst       improved the women’s
                                   Anna is just 14, her B string     over 50s pole vault record
                                   in the hammer Barbara Terry       by a massive 90cms with a
                                   is a slightly older 68. Being a   clearance of 2.50.
                                   veteran this was the first time
                                   she had thrown the senior         Match 3 – Southampton
                                   implement for four years and      Not so successful a match as
                                   she recorded a commendable        we finished in 4th place in the
                                   distance of 20.00.                fixture at Southampton. This
                                   In fact it was a day of personal  was despite victories on the
                                   bests for young and not so        track for Natalie Jones in the
                                                                     100m and Isabella Hilditch in
                                                                     the 400 hurdles and fine runs
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