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Athletics Report                  11

short. As we had anticipated,    Hubbard in the A 1500 and        Parris and Magda) and
we are not the only ones to      Jenny Sheasby in the B 3000      match this in the discus
be suffering from the timing     and in the U17s from Jo in       (Divine, Carys and Anna)
of the match, except for         the B 3000, Holly in the B       and triple jump (Kerri – in
Windsor, who appear with a       80H, Anna in the discus          her last match for us before
much strengthened team and       and Victoria Wiltshire in        heading off to college in the
fire a shot (plus a discus and   the hammer. (Not as many         US – Toyin and Annie). The
hammer) across our bows.         wins for the middle distance     double is achieved in the U17
They’ve even brought along       squad this match, but a          200 (Parris and Charmont,
Morgan Lake, though she          batch of good performances       nursing a slight foot injury,
doesn’t have the best of days    nonetheless. And, in the         but not that anyone would
at the office, being beaten by   throws, Emma James makes         have noticed) and 3000
Holly Mills in the LJ (with      good contributions on her        ( Jess and Amy Leach) and
a leap only 1cm below her        first appearance for the team.)  individual wins are added,
league record in the previous    We close out the match with      in the U20s, by Niamh (A
match) and DQ’d in the sprint    a win in the U20 4 x 100 and     800 and 1500), Emma (B
hurdles, so, beaten also by      three 2nd places in the other    hammer) and Helena (A
Annie (recording a PB).          relays. It’s 2nd again in the    PV) and, in the U17s, by Jess
The match begins with the        overall match, but this time     (adding the A 1500 to her
debut for our latest recruit,    by almost 80 points. No          3000), Isabella (A 300H),
Shaye Emmett from Sutton,        official confirmation, but as    Yasmin (A 1500 s/c), Divine
in the pole vault. After the     the boys again struggle to       (shot – not far shy of 15m but
all too common opening           contest a number of events,      a new League Record all the
height stuttering – do vaulters  likely that we win the girls’    same) and Jamiyla Robinson-
just do this to reduce team      match, but it’s much closer:     Pascal (LJ). And we finish
managers to jabbering            we have been warned!             strongly: despite only having
wrecks? Shaye improves her                                        one U20 sprinter available, we
PB by 20cm to 3.70 – a new       Allianz Park 28th June           win both sprint relays, plus
Club record. With Helena                                          the 4 x 300 (Lizzie Ibidunni,
Coleman clearing 3.35, for an    Yet again, we’re missing         Roisin Atkins-Dykes,
outdoor PB, vaulting appears     the Twins, who are in the        Georgina Taylor and Katy-
to be on the up! But the ‘team   final throes of preparation      Ann McDonald). But we can
within a team’ award has to      for the European Junior          only finish 3rd in the overall
go to the sprint squad with      Championships (from which        match behind Windsor and
a clean sweep of both the        they will return with silver     Shaftesbury and can’t afford
100s and 200s from Viv, Jazz     medals from their individual     to slip up in the final match if
Crawford, Charmont, Parris,      events of 200 and 400 and        we want to secure a place in
Magda and Olivia. Back in        relay golds from the 4 x 100     the final outright.
the field, Divine clears 14m     and 4 x 400, respectively).
in the U17 shot and Tabitha      Though other absences leave
Lisciotto and Robyn Petitt       us a little stretched, we still
take joint honours in the        cover all the events except
high jump. Other U20 wins        for the U17 vault. We duly
come from Niamh Bridson          maintain our clean sweep
                                 of the 100s (Viv, Charmont,
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