A number of Woodford athletes have been in action indoors over the past week or so. There were debut England International vests for Anna Clark and Eugene Amo-Dadzie and fine performances and several personal bests from others both in the UK and overseas.
Anna Clark picked up her first England vest when racing at the Elan meeting in Bratislava where she placed 7th over 800m with 2m12.53 secs. This weekend at Lee Valley competing in the South of England Championships Anna recorded her fastest ever indoors when placing 3rd in 2m10.24 secs, having qualified from her heat with 2m12.44 secs. Eugene Amo-Dadzie, coached at Woodford by Alan James and only in his second serious season in the sport, had recorded a p.b. of 6.75 secs for 60m at the London Games a couple of weeks ago which caught the selectors attention and he picked up his first England vest at the Indoor Classic Meeting in Vienna on Saturday. He recorded a new p.b. of 6.73 secs to win his heat and then in the final improved to 6.72 secs to place 2nd. Also at that meeting Youcef Zatat opened his indoor season to win the Shot with a put of 17.85m. Last weekend at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow Ewan Dyer placed 3rd over 800m with 1m52.68 secs. Mid-week at the Newham sprints meeting Kaesi Opara whose previous best was 7.04 secs improved to 6.92 secs to win his first race and then again to 6.88 secs to place 5thin his second race. Also last weekend at the Welsh Championships in Cardiff Ellen McCartney placed 4th in the Pole Vault with 3.91m, and then this weekend at Lee Valley in the SoE Championships improved to 4.00m which took the title, where HCA member Nathan Gardner was 2nd in the men’s event with 4.70m
Several others were in action at Lee Valley in those SoE Championships and in the women’s long jump there was a good season’s best and 2nd place for Kitty Eleyae with 5.93m, whilst in the triple jump, new member Shanara Hibbert also recorded a season’s best of 12.60m to place 2nd. In that U/20 event Denesha Rocastle was 6th with 10.95m. Another new member Jasmne Mitchell raced over 400m and recorded 58.49 in her heat, whilst Lexus Ndiwe raced in the heats of both the 60m and 200m recording 8.34 secs and 27.01 secs respectively. In the U/20 men’s 60m Sikiru Onigbanjo equalled his personal best of 7.04 secs to place 2nd in his heat and then went faster with 7.02 secs to place 3rd in his semi, but just lost out on a place in the final. In the senior 60m Omololu Abiodun won his heat with 6.99 secs and then recorded 6.96 secs in placing 3rd in his semi but did not progress to the final. Olumide Isaac placed 2nd in his heat with 6.90 secs, then he set a p.b of 6.81 secs in placing 2nd in his semi to qualify for the final where he placed 3rd with 6.85 secs. Also in the heats there was a p.b. for Winfred Hakeem of 7.35 secs. Over 60mH George Vaughan recorded 8.25 secs to place 2nd in his heat then 8.26 secs for 5th in the final. In the U/20 women’s 60mH multi-eventer Amelia MacDonald recorded 9.43 secs and also 1.55m in the high jump. In that same age group Rennay Dobson and Nicole Alves raced over 440m recording 68.27 secs and 63.93 secs in their respective heats, whilst in the senior men’s event Adrian Richards recorded 52.83 secs in his heat for 3rd.
In the US sisters Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili were in action this weekend at Ann Arbor, Michigan and both recorded exactly the same time of 8.19 secs, with Cindy given the victory to head the UK ranking lists. The previous weekend at the Hokie Internationa, U/20 Andrew Robinson placed 5th in his 60m race with 7.03 secs and later placed 2nd over 200m with 22.39 secs. This weekend at the Penn State National Open Andrew improved to 22.29 secs in placing 3rd. Also in action in the US HCA member Matthew Arnold has recently recorded 1m55.44 secs for 800m and 4m17.65 secs for the mile.