Woodford’s women’s team was at the 2nd fixture of the UKWL Division One at Crawley on Sunday. Unfortunately, a full set of accurate results has not yet been made available by the organisers and those currently published on Po10 contain errors in the high jump, notably excluding Moe Sasegbon’s 1.85m clearance and personal best, and likely some errors in some other events also. Nevertheless, it seems as if the women will have finished 4th on the day (with a slight possibility of elevation to 3rd when the errors are corrected) and then will lie 2nd in the division ahead of Notts by a few match points and some way behind leaders Cardiff leading into the final fixture at Leigh on August 5th. In addition to Moe’s high jump personal best there were others for Eloise Lewis, Taygan Henry and two for Gabriella Ade-Onojobi, a win for Lucy Marshall and many other good performances and great team spirit as athletes rallied round to ensure as few gaps as possible.
Photos (by Alex Wardle & Terry McCarthy)
4x100m team, l. to r.: Gabriella Ade-Onojobi, Jo Ryan, Eloise Lewis, Moe Sasegbon
Prior to the high jump Moe Sasegbon had competed in the long jump where she had placed 5th with 5.58m (w ?) and Moe’s 1.85m high jump clearance, although currently missing from the results was a personal best, and should have been no worse than equal first in that competition. Moe’s clearance took place just prior to the start of the women’s 100mH B race which she was unable to get to, but Anna Nelson was standing by and performed admirably placing 3rd in a personal best of 15.08 secs (+1.5). Anna had earlier placed 3rd in a high standard 400mH “A” race in 59.25 secs and had won the 400m “B” race in 56.54 secs. In the 400m “B” there was a debut for U/20 Taygan Henry who was 3rd with a personal best of 64.39 sec. The “A” 400m was filled by Jo Ryan who in another good quality race placed 5th in 57.56 secs. Jo later took on the “A” 200m and recorded a season’s best of 24.90 secs for 6th (w?). It was in that “B” 200m race that Gabriella Ade-Onojobi, who had just missed a place in the final of last week’s UK Championships over 100mH, recorded one of her personal bests as she won with 24.28 secs (+1.8). The other was over 100m where her 11.99 secs (w?) placed her 3rd in that “A” race. In her speciality, the 100mH, Gabriella won that “A” race with 13.99 secs w (+2.9). In the “B” 100m U/20 Eloise Lewis recorded her personal best to finish 4th with 12.44 secs (+1.3).
Gabriella Ade-Onjobi on her way to victory in the 100mH
Some athletes were missing in the middle-distance events and team Manager Keith Newton was grateful to those that stepped in to cover the gaps. The “A" 800m and 1500m events were each covered by specialists and in the 1500m, fresh from an 800m personal best of 2m 07.84 secs the previous evening at Eltham, Chloe Bradley finished 2nd with 4m31.64 secs. Anna Clark placed 3rd in a close 800m with 2m12.23 secs, and Alex Wardle gamely covered the “B” and picked up useful 6th place points before covering the “B” 3000m where she placed 4th with 13m27.58 secs as Georgina Warren was 7th in the “A” with 12m05.29 secs, before covering the “B” 1500m where her 5m42.84 secs placed 5th. Unfortunately, the steeplechase (along with the PV) could not be covered.
Hammer winner Lucy Marshall also contributed in the Shot and Discus
In the field there were good performances in the hammer with Lucy Marshall winning the “A” with 59.07m and U/20 Stephanie Howe placing 2nd in the “B” with a season’s best of 44.36m. Lucy later threw 32.08m in the discus for 7th and put 10.71m in the shot, also for 7th. The “B” discus saw Eike Vardja 6th with 27.36m and the “B” shot saw debutant Emaline Okofar 7th with 8.53m. The javelin saw Maia Dart record 33.40m for 5th and Eike Vardja also covered this “B” event where she placed 6th with 27.36m. In the other jumping events Denesha Rocastle was 5th in the “B” long jump with 5.16m, and 7th in the ”A” triple jump with 9.91m. Rebecca Fafowara was just behind Denesha in the triple jump where her 9.78m placed 4th in the “B”, and recorded 1.45m in the high jump.
In the relays, the 4x100m team of Eloise Lewis, Gabriella Ade-Onojobi, Jo Ryan and Moe Sasegbon placed 3rd in a season’s best of 48.10 secs, and the 4x400m team (Jo Ryan, Anna Clark, Chloe Bradley and Anna Nelson) were 4th with 3m52.59 secs.
Team manager Keith Newton will be hoping for a strong turn-out for the final fixture to enable the women to push for promotion and an immediate return to the Premier Division.