BAL Premiership

Andy Frost
Amidst torrential downpours and strong winds at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium on Sunday, WGwEL's men produced a solid all-round team performance in placing third, behind NEB and Birchfield, in the first BAL Premiership meeting of the season. Woodford's team, which had a number of younger athletes making their BAL debuts as well as experience elsewhere, were led off to a fine start in the meeting's first event, the hammer, as Andy Frost and Mark Dry took a double victory.

Andy who relinquished his position as Britain's number one last year as he struggled following knee surgery, reaffirmed his position last week with a 70.36m effort, and confirmed that form as he took victory in the rain with 69.10m. Andy was ably backed up by debutant Mark who took the "B" event with a fine personal best of 68.32m - the best of three p.b's Mark threw during the competition. It was the hammer, together with the other throws, that laid the foundation for Woodford's team performance.




National Young Athletes League photos

Photos of the 1st National Young Athletes League meeting are now on the website under "Photos".

Hengelo Games

Racing in Holland last night at the Hengelo Games, Joice Maduaka achieved a Berlin World Championship "B" standard over 200m as she placed 3rd in 23.22 secs (+0.3). Joice also raced over 100m where she placed 6th in 11.50 secs (+0.1).

Track and Field Round-up

Elaine O'Neil
WGwEL athletes were in action at the Bedford International Games on Sunday, and at the BMC Manchester Grand Prix on Saturday. The weekend's warm weather helped the arthletes at Bedford and there were pb's for Elaine O'Neill, Kim Murray and Hannah Frankson. There were also some good performances at Manchester the previous evening.

Elaine O'Neill, in placing 3rd over 200m with 23.58secs (-0.1), improved her pb for the second time this season and set a qualifying mark for the European U/23 Championships. Two jumpers also set pb's at Bedford, Kim Murray recorded 6.08m (-0.8) for 3rd in the long jump, and Hannah Frankson recorded 12.86m (-0.6) for 3rd in the triple jump, behind Stephanie Aneto who was second with 13.02m w (+3.1). In the men's long jump Ezekiel Ewolu was 4th with 7.12m ( 0.0), whilst Sayo Ojo jumped 13.22m in the triple jump.

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