Wessex YAL – Salisbury – 14 April 2013
Paula Hine reports on
a great start to the T&F season.
Grace, Ellie and Charlotte won the 4 x 100m relay
What a great result for
our first Wessex League meeting of the track and field season on what
was a relatively warm day compared to our recent forecasts. We finished
in third place overall beating two clubs, Salisbury and Marlborough &
District (MADJA) who finished above us in the league last year. Team
Kennett and Oxford City finished in first and second place respectively
but both are much larger clubs than ours. We beat the home club,
Salisbury, into third place by a small margin scoring 376 points to
their 358. These extra points are earned by the many athletes we have
who are prepared to put themselves out of their comfort zone and compete
in events that they have not trained for. Last Sunday a fine example of
this was Jess May, a thrower, who finished fifth in the high jump
scoring a valued two points.
Our under-17 women and
under-13 boys teams both finished second in their respective age group
competitions, a great result especially for the boys who were a young
team with many athletes competing for the first time in track and field.
The girls were one of only two clubs who had enough athletes to field a
relay team and thereby increase their score.
The under-17 men and
under-13 boys teams both finished a respectable third in their groups.
The under-15 girls, struggling to cover all the events, finished in
fourth position leaving plenty of room to improve on next time with,
hopefully, more athletes to call on. The under-13 girls, despite their
fantastic relay win, and several individual event winners including a
club record broken by Grace Copeland, also struggled to cover all the
events and finished in fifth-place overall.
The red and black army
were also in force in the under-11's match. With five girls and two boys
our largest entry so far. Cheered on by their older team-mates they put
in some great performances with many personal-bests recorded.
Abbie and Charlotte in Wimborne warpaint!
Once again we had many
individual personal-best performances, perhaps you should take time to
have a look on the power of 10. But most importantly, in the words of
Steve Snook, it was tremendous to see so many of our athletes out
competing, plastered in WAC war paint and enjoying their competition and
companionship. Lets keep building this head of steam!
Results will be posted
on the Power of 10 website
and on the Wessex League