Woodford’s women were also in action at Copthall on Saturday for their first round of the UKWL Division One. In a close scoring match they finished in 5th place, as just 15 points covered places two to five. Hosts SBH ran out winners with 202 points ahead of Southampton on 181, Wigan 177.5, Harrow 170, Woodford 166, Swansea 149.5, Crawley 116 and Herts Phoenix on 95, which left the League standings as SBH 8, Southampton 7, Wigan 6, Harrow 5, Woodford 4, Swansea 3, Crawley 2 and Herts Phoenix 1. There were several decent performances led by “A” string wins for Lucy Marshall, Moe Sasegbon, Anna Clark and Gabriella Ade-Onojobi but, despite many athletes covering more than their specialist events, gaps in a couple of events proved expensive in the context of overall team scores, whilst on a positive note for the future the team on the day included seven U/20’s.
Big points scorer: Gabriella Ade-Onojobi
Gabriella Ade-Onojobi had a busy afternoon as she won her specialist event 100mH with 13.93 secs (-0.1), and contributed valuably elsewhere, placing 4th over 100m with 12.11 secs (0.2) and 2nd over 200m with 24.84 secs (-3.4), and later in relay action. In those “B” sprints Eloise Lewis covered both and recorded 1.06 secs (+0.4) and 26.96 secs (-0.8) for 8th in each. Lucy Marshall’s win came in her specialist event the hammer with a good 59.59m, and she contributed more valuable points with a 4th n the “B” discus with 30.07m. Backing up Lucy in the “B” hammer event was first year junior and UKWL debutant Andrea Golban who was close to her best ever with 44.21m for 2nd.
Anna Clark: took the "A" string win
Anna Clark enjoyed her first ever UKWL “A” string win as she took the 800m in very controlled fashion recording 2m10.44 secs, and Anna later was also a very good 2nd over 1500m with 4m43.27 secs. In that 800m, junior and UKWL debutant Louise Gilbert placed 6th with 2m26.57 secs. Moe Sasegbon’s win came in a close high jump competition where she was the best on countback of three athletes who cleared 1.70m. Moe had earlier placed a good 5th in the shot with 11.72m. In that “B” shot competition Sylvia Cruz was 4th with 10.29m, having earlier placed 2nd in her specialist event the javelin with 43.95m, with debutant Marlene Arujo taking the “B” with 41.95m.
It was good to have Kitty Eleyae back in action, and she placed 3rd in the “A” long jump with 5.68m and later 3rd in the “B” triple jump with 10.59m, as junior Denesha Rocastle placed 4th in the ‘A” with 11.10m. The “B” long jump was covered by multi-eventer Amelia MacDonald who placed 2nd with 5.49m, also 2nd in the “B” 100m H with 16.27 secs and later was 6th in the “B” high jump with 1.50m. In the pole vault and also making a UKWL debut for Woodford was Ellen McCartney who placed 2nd with a good 3.80m.
Ellen McCartney: 2nd on her WGEL debut
Another making a UKWL debut and another first year U/20 was Precious Hamilton who was close to her best ever with a good 36.68m to place 4th in the “A” discus.
Back on the track, Anna Nelson was in action in the day’s first event where, in a high quality race over 400mH, she placed 4th with 61.32 secs, with Taygan Henry 4th in the “B” with 65.10. Later Anna was in action in the flat 400m where this time she placed 5th with 57.0 secs. Samanta Bendaraviciute, another junior, covered that “B” event and was 8th with 65.01 secs. In longer events, Becky Wilby placed 7th over 3000m with 12m11.98 secs but, without a “B” competitor in that 3000m and with Alicia McArdell unfortunately unwell and unable to finish the “B” 1500m, potentially valuable points were lost, as they were also in the absence of steeplechase competitor.
Both relay teams placed 6th, with Eloise Lewis, Gabriella Ade-Onojobi, Kitty Eleyae and Denesha Rocastle recording 50.15 secs, whilst in the 4x400m, and with distance runner Becky Wilby standing in at the last minute on the 3rd leg, together with again Gabriella Ade-Onnjobi, Anna Clark and Anna Nelson, the team recorded 4m12.09 secs.
The next UKWL is in four week’s time at Stevenage where Team Manager Keith Newton will be looking to field as strong a team as possible to ensure progress up the League table.