Written by DB
With a very,very disappointing response to invites,the final YAL result was far from a true reflection of the effort put in by our Team Managers and our Training Groups. Any chance of overhauling Oxford for a return to Division One was gone,though,as always,those present committed themselves &,importantly, enjoyed themselves.
Full results from your Team Managers or on the Watford Harriers site - www.watfordharriers.org.uk
With only 24(14 Men & 10 Women),compared to 49 & 38 at the 2 previous fixtures,we can only praise those that did commit themselves - the team results speak for themselves - St Marys Richmond 641.5/Oxford 571.5/Watford 486/Chiltern 434/K&P 395/Newbury 243/Abingdon 187. Overall,we finished 3rd and have to try again to get back to Division One level in 2008.
Under 17 Men - Eight here,the biggest contingent,of whom 5 were ever-presents. Jake Budd ran 24.2 at 200,his best of 2007;Tom Parry won both hurdles(14.4/62.7);Matt Clements threw the DT 26.90;William Trimble posted a PV PB at 2.50;Patrick Hillyer reached 11.84 in the TJ and has jumped as well in the Watford pit as anywhere and wants to buy it;Adam Wicks looked sharp with 15.3(100H) and a Triple Jump at 10.73;Gordon Lester was over 3.60 again(PV);Richard Smeaton was under 55.0 yet again(400);and the 4 x100 squad looked efficient. Some BAL possibilities here.
Under 15 Boys - Only 3 appeared - Alex Buchan improved substantially in all his events including 67.5 over 400;George Wilkins and Alistair Orr picked up useful points.
Under 13 Boys - Only 3 here,too - Aidan Fahey shone,returning to his early season form with a 13.9/29.2 sprint double;Nikolay Schubert improved to 2.46.6 over 800 - both these were ever-presents;whilst Matthew Broderick ran 2.58.7 at 800,his best in club colours.
Under 17 Women - Just the 5 stalwarts here with Roseanne Mackay & Harriet Lester making all 4 matches,not unsurprisingly - Roseanne starred,upping her Triple Jump PB to 10.69,a new U17 Club Record,as well as running 43.7 over 300;Harriet won the LJ(4.80) but was just pipped again by Miss Warland in the 80H;Emily Kneebone won both LJ & TJ B strings;Lucy Jones,looking sharper than recently and with her 2nd year still to come,ran a PB 12.5 over 80H;and Natalie Ellis improved her Shot(6.82) & her Hammer(18.40).
Under 15 Girls - a mere 3 here - Rahannah Gillette-Vernon(the only other 100 %er) made a hefty improvement in the Javelin to 21.49;Lucy Clacher also upped her Javelin to 16.88;and Francesca Currie ran a handy 800.
Under 13 Girls - A dismal 2 competed - Philippa Allcock ran a PB 75(11.4) and equalled her HJ PB at 1.20;whilst Claudia Noakes,pining the absence of a Pole Vault,ran a PB instead at 75Hurdles(13.1).
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