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Pipped at the post

Monday 29 May 2017

After coming second in the first round fixture, Cardiff's YDL (upper age group) team came within a whisker of winning the second round match in Cheltenham yesterday, finishing second to composite team Team Avon by a mere half a point.

With the third round match in Cardiff on 25th June, the club team should make it through safely to the regional final in Yate on 23rd July.

The team scores were:

1. Team Avon (689 points)
2. Cardiff AAC (688.5)
3. Team Devon & Cornwall (594)
4. West Wales (548)
5. Cheltenham & County H (528)
6. Swansea H & AC (458.5)

After two rounds, Team Avon leads with 12 league points with Cardiff on 10 and third placed Team DC on 8.

Cardiff's event winners were:

Under 20 men: Arron Owen (100m A); Sam Curwen (3000m B); Jasper Hawkins (pole vault B).

Under 20 women: Issie Tustin (100m A & 200m A); Hannah Pachuta (100m B & 200m B); Georgia Cole (800m A); Rhian Jones (1500m A & 1500m s/c B); Bethan Evans (3000m A); Laura Wright (3000m B); Isabel Breeden (100mH A); Sarah Omeregie (shot put A); 4x100m relay; 4x400m relay.

Under 17 men: Jeremiah Azu (100m A); Iwan Robinson-Booth (400m B); Morgan James (1500m A & 3000m A); Jay Morse (shot put A & discus A); Harri Wheeler-Sexton (discus B); Rhys Barkley (hammer B); 4x100m relay.

Under 17 women: Lana Culliford (200m A & 300mH B); Kiara Frizelle (800m A); Carys Bill (1500m A); Gracie Wheeler (3000m A); Isabel Breeden (300mH A); Jessica Wadey (1500m s/c A); Sofia Vella (1500m s/c B); Caitlin Leggett (pole vault B); Bethan Gammon (hammer A); 4x300m relay.

Team manager Debbie Bull writes:

"The weather was much warmer than most of us anticipated and there were certainly a few red faces at the end of the day. Let's not forget the sunscreen next time! 
I don't usually pick out single performances for a mention but Harry Hillman had a great day. After a disappointing season last year he seems to have put his demons behind him and come out with a renewed focus. The times/distances don't tell the full story. He missed a PV pb by the thickness of a vest at the last second. He looked in fine form over the hurdles for the first seven flights but slowed slightly over the last few. There were plenty of positive points to take away and clear thoughts on how to improve further. It was good to see him smiling at the end of the meeting and looking recharged. 
There were many fine performances on the day and the athletes worked together as a team. Most gaps were filled willingly by volunteers although hurdles remain a difficult area to cover. Morgan James agreed to run an easy pace 3k after his 1500m and ended up winning it! 
Tom Britt was denied a big pb in the long jump by putting a small dent in the plasticine. Hopefully he will achieve it soon. 
Well done to all athletes, officials, coaches and parents for your commitment and enthusiasm on the day. We are hosting the next match at Leckwith on Sunday 25th June. I hope to see you all there and hopefully finding that extra point to give us the win we should have had in Cheltenham."
And Julian Bill adds:
Knowing that most of the team were taking a break from their studying, it was great to see everyone giving their best on track and field. Highlights included a sprint finish in the 3000m between Bethan Evans and Gracie Wheeler, a pb in the hammer from Bethan Gammon and a thrilling long relay where the lead changed briefly before we put the opposition back in their place! Many of the team took victories, going with form, and everyone gave 100% and picked up crucial points.

The official results can be seen here.