Written by DB
The K&P Women duly upstaged the Men's BAL with a thumping victory in the last match of the summer and,as a result of this formidable performance,roared up the table to finish a very commendable 7th of the 16 teams.Relegation! Pffft!! If we could mirror that turnout,we would be challenging for the Title in 2009.
The intent was immediately apparent as Les Girls swept up the 400H and Pole Vault - and from then on,we kept our noses well in front to give the team every chance of survival in Senior One for 2009.
Favouring a back injury which prevented her travelling to the Netherlands for an end-of-season Heptathlon,Dominique Blaize still made a typically-substantial 7-event contribution to K&P's best score of the summer by far;and sole ever-present,Camilla Thrush,also 'made the difference',though the Hammer comp. was by far the best in standard in a mediocre match. It was,however,exciting and satisfying for the 'home fans' - a win is a win is a win!
Sprints-wise,Mary Iheke,also hobbling a trifle,won the 200(25.9) with Emily McIlwain & the Schlerf sisters in back up,Anna running a pb 13.9 100. At 400,Lana Whatley produced a clear pb of 62.5 with Dominique takng the B.
In the MD races,Rachel Burbridge took the 1500 swiftly,after grabbing 2nd over 3k,whilst Nicky Atkins(V40) swept up good points over 3 events(a good 2.50.8 for her in the 800 standing out). Francesca Currie stepped in for her first SWL match this summer to add to her prolific support in all our younger age group matches,with Natalie Sacre continuing to show she will be a useful addition to our ranks.
The Hurdles reaped almost full points,twice from Dominique,once from Lana & once from Harriet Lester,now returned to fitness.
We took both relays quite comfortably,and even fielded a half-decent B team in the shorter event!
In the field we racked up plenty of points - Chyna Vincent winning the Vault in a pb 2.20 and also taking the B string maximums in the LJ & TJ. Dominique B headed the HJ(1.70),after a close contest with E&E's Emily Parker,with Emily McIlwain 2nd in the B. Harriet Lester exceeded her 2008 best in the LJ(4.79) and Liz Davidson was within inches of 12metres in taking the TJ in a 2008 best of 11.90.In the throws,the said Camilla T was completing another busy & successful 'full house',supported by Odette Butson(Hammer pb of 30.30),Dominique(2A SP 11.90) again in her 7th event(max allowable) and Natalie Sacre in the JT.
A promising way to wrap up the 2009 campaign for TMs Clare & Debbie.
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