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Athletics Report  27

        specialist event, celebrates
        by winning both the sprint
        and long hurdles. However,
        to begin at the beginning,
        as Dylan Thomas would
        have it: we are down to one
        pole vaulter, though Shaye
        finishes her season with a
        solid 2nd place. Having lulled
        the opposition, albeit briefly,
        into a false sense of security,
        we bring out our big guns
        for the long hurdles: Yasmin,
        making her League debut at
        the event, finishes a fine 2nd
        and Catrin wins the B, before
        Holly and Kate take maximum
        points in the 300mH. With   in the U20 and Yasmin and   team, the jumpers also make
        three wins out of four also   Eloise O’Shaughnessy, making   a healthy contribution by
        in the 100ms, thanks to Isio,   her YDL debut, win both U17   leading in all three triple jump
        Charmont and Katie (and   races. Not to be outdone, we   competitions (Annie, Karina
        a 3rd from Modupe), and a   then take 2nd in both strings   and Nicole Farmer) and taking
        clean sweep of the 1500ms   of the U17 steeplechase,   two 2nd places in the long
        (Katy-Ann, Jess, Kelsi Cornish   courtesy of Millie and Grace   jump (Jamiyla and Karina)
        and Millie), we lay down a   (matching her earlier run in   and two 1sts and a 3rd in the
        fairly fearsome statement of   the 400m).       high jump (Jamiyla, Antonia
        intent… and then reinforce it:   While all this has been going   Alapafuja and Maite).
        we again win three out of four   on, out in the field points   It may come as no surprise
        of the sprint hurdles (Isabella,   are being grabbed by the   that we carry this form to the
        Annie and Holly, with Kate   handful. In the U20 throws,   tape by winning both sprint
        3rd) and three out of four of   Divine again wins both the   relays and the 4x400, with a
        the 200s (Maya, in a PB, Isio,   shot (with Maite taking the B,   3rd for the 4x300 team, but
        again, and Immanuela) and   as well as 2nd in the javelin)   even so our winning margin
        both the U17 3000ms (Kelsi   and discus (where Anna is   of 150 points from Windsor is
        and Amy Leach), with Niamh   runner-up) and Emma is 3rd   quite remarkable. For the first
        taking 2nd in the U20. Add to   in the hammer. It’s the same   time in the League’s history
        that a 1st and 3rd in the 300m   glad story in the U17s: Eloise   (ok, it’s only been going 4
        from Megan Walsh, returning   wins shot and javelin, where   years, but still) we win the
        successfully from injury, and   Carys is 2nd, as she is in the   Southern Premiership title.
        Olivia and we’ve got real   hammer, and 3rd in the discus.   That’s the preparation done.
        momentum as we head in to   Another newcomer, Yinka   We’re in good shape. Now for
        the final track events. The   Shokunbi takes silver in the B   the Big One at Bedford!
        800ms don’t disappoint: Jess   string hammer. And as we are
        and Amy place 2nd and 3rd   a well-balanced and rounded        Tim Soutar
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