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Juniors off to a strong start

Monday 20 April 2015

At Yate on Saturday last, 18th April, Cardiff's UKYDL team for the under 20 and under 17 age groups got the season off to a good start, taking third place in the Midlands Premier Division. As the first two teams were composite (made up of more than one club), Cardiff's performance was the best for a single club.

Within the team's performance, Jac Palmer stood out. In his first competition of the year, he broke his own Welsh and club hammer records with a fine throw of 70.88m which is only 00.62m short of the UK qualifying standard for this year's European Junior Championships. It also takes him to second place on the UK under 20 rankings.

To keep it in the family, Jac's sister Ffion (15) also set a big new personal best and new club record to win the under 17 women's hammer with 46.71m

Cardiff's under 20 men produced a particularly strong performance with 14 individual event winners as well as the 4x400m relay.

Cardiff's individual event winnrs were:

Under 20 men: Kristian Jones (100m A); Jake Dawkins (100m B & 200m A); Iori Moore (200m B); Nicholas Jones (800m A); John Cove (1500m A & 3000m A); Sam Curwen (2000m s/c B); Jac Palmer (Hammer A); Matteo Holmes (Hammer B & Javelin B); Adrian Lawrence (Triple Jump A); Gage Francis (Triple Jump B); Tom Trottman (High Jump A).

Under 20 Women: Melissa Roberts (100m A); Kate Seary (1500m A ); Carys Bill (3000m A); Ffion Gregson Lewis (3000m B); Eleni Zenbashi (Discus A); Elen Evans (Hammer B).

Under 17 Men: Kebba Saidykhan (200m A); Kieran Grimwade (Hammer).

Under 17 Women: Naomi Reid (800m A); Lauren Evans (80m Hurdles A); Melissa Bird (Discus); Ffion Palmer (Hammer); Sarah Omoregie (High Jump).

The team scores were:

1. Team DC (673 points)
2. Team Avon (620)
3. Cardiff AAC (606)
4. West Wales (515)
5. Cheltenham & County AC (429)
Swansea H (416)

The results can be seen HERE.

The next round of the series is a home match in Cardiff on 16th May. This is our chance to show what we can do and, with a full team, we could easily win this leqague.