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AFD Track and Field Team on Fire at Mil Stadium

AFD Track and Field Team on Fire at Mil Stadium
Mike Neighbour

Saturday 18th June 2016

Today AFD played host to Windsor Slough Eaton and Hounslow, Bournemouth and Salisbury for the 3rd Senior Athletics League of the season. The cloudy day brought with it quality performances and fantastic team spirit. AFD should be proud of their performance and their well-deserved second place finish.

The women’s track team got underway as 4 runners appeared in the 800m; Sofie Kent claimed victory in a time of 2:19.3. The 100m proved to be a popular event for AFD with Ellen Franklin winning her race and Georgie Darnell finishing 2nd. The non-scoring 100m saw no less than 6 AFD athletes competing, with Devon Mather setting a new PB of 12.9
Next on the track, Steph Twell swapped her long distance legs for a sprint start as she appeared in the 400m, finishing second in a time of 57.7. In the 3000m, Lily Partridge won the A-race in a time of 9:55.4 and Lauren Hall set a new PB of 10.09.4, finishing first in the B-race. Up next on the track were the 100m hurdles, where Melissa Peters put in a great performance, despite having practised only once this year! The Women’s 200m again saw a great turn out from the AFD sprint squad. Ellen Franklin and Georgie Darnell finished 1st and 2nd respectively in their races. Later on, Lily Partridge and Louise Small led the way in the 1500m. Louise won in a time of 4:28.6 with Lily coming in first for the B-race. The steeple chase competition showed a true team spirit as Molly Hyde, a sprinter / jumper and Leanne Davies, a javelin thrower, stepped in to run. Both girls did themselves and the team proud!

The relay races ended what had been a great day for the AFD team. Devon Mather, Georgie Darnell, Jess Gilliver and Ellen Franklin worked together seamlessly in the 4×1 to bring home the baton first in a spectacular time of 49.9. Finally, Annie Wright, Molly Pocock, Louise Small and Steph Twell put in a stunning performance to win the 4×4, taking the lead from WSEH on the penultimate lap.

A massive well done to all the AFD track runners: Sofie Kent, Katie Standen, Pippa Tilney, Lianne Lafreniere, Ellen Franklin, Georgie Darnell, Devon Mather, Grace Jacobs, Jess Gilliver, Kelly McMahon, Molly Hyde, Michelle Madin, Steph Twell, Annie Wright, Lily Partridge, Lauren Hall, Emily Dance, Melissa Peters, Louise Small, Daisy D’Santos, Lizzie Squibbs, Leanne Davies and Molly Pocock.

The women’s team started well, with Melissa Peters jumping a PB of 2.71m in the Pole Vault and Kirsten Workman equalling her PB of 1.30m. At the same time as the Pole Vault there were some good performances in both the long jump and hammer. Next on the field was the women’s shot put which saw a strong throw of 8.28m from (somewhat injured) Natalie Gilfrin. The women’s javelin competition saw Leanne Davies return from injury to win comfortably with a throw of 37.17m. Over in the triple jump, Lucy Hare jumped 9.45m, despite having an injured foot. Molly Hyde equalled her PB of 1.30m in the high jump while Leanne Davies also jumped 1.30m. Finally, the discus was a great success for the AFD throws squad with both Emma Broadey and Lucy Dalton throwing PBs. Lucy threw 26.17m, finishing second in the A-string, while Emma threw 24.81m to win the B-string. Mia Loten also threw an SB of 14.20m

Brilliant effort from the AFD field athletes: Lucy Dalton, Rachel Fraser, Mary Keet Mia Loten, Melissa Peters, Kirsten Workman, Kelly McMahon, Lucy Hare, Emily Dance Natalie Gilfrin Leanne Davies, Emma Broadey, Molly Hyde

Men’s Match report

We had over 30 athletes competing for the men’s team yesterday, filled every slot in the programme and as a team (F&M) AFD scored 216 points. Having scored 196 points in our 1st fixture, 181 in the 2nd, yesterday’s achievement was a superb effort beating the team currently in 2nd position in the league and only losing to the league leaders WSEH by 23 points.

Field events

SP – Allan and Ian Jennings got AFD off to a great start with 2nd (A event) and 1st (B) respectively.
HJ – Chris and Ian Bridgeman both finished 2nd, with Chris being awarded the position on count back.
LJ – The field proved a little too strong for Henry and Chris, however we still came away with valuable points.
PV – Who said athletics is a young person’s sport? The combined age of the AFD female and male pole vault team competing on Saturday was 200! (We only had 4 athletes in the event before anyone asks). With Allan coming 2nd and Andy Buchanan 1st, the field event points were beginning to rack up!
TJ – It would have taken a big PB to push Chris up the scores in the TJ, however he was very competitive against a strong field. Ian Bridgeman scored a valuable victory over the WSEH athlete finishing 2nd in the B to CoS.
HT and DT – The combination of Allan and Ian Jennings once again meant AFD collected 9 points from the two events.
JT – A grumpy looking Joe Parker who was 11cm off his PB finished 2nd with a superb 45.89 throw. First league outing of the season for Eric who won the B event with 43.43

Track events

400MH – Mark Hyde and Adrian demonstrated why we need every slot filled. Scoring 2 points each, we had points on the board in the first event.
800M – Jonny, the league 1500M record holder, was left to fight off Harvey and the CoS athlete to win the B race. The A was won by Oli who controlled the pace for the first 500M before accelerating away from the field to win. Good luck next weekend at the British Champs!
The fast pace had a positive effect on Mark Symes who recorded a PB of 2.07.4. Sean had the widest smile of the day due I’m sure, at the opportunity to race against such a prestigious field.
100M – While he was not pleased with his time, Luke Dorrell secured a superb win in 11s in the a string. Justin in the B dipped at the right time to secure 2nd in what was to prove a great day for him.
Henry, Jake and Gerard battled out the n/s event with Henry able to claim bragging rights in a time of 11.7
400M – The sniper hits again! This time Tom Bowerman pulled up with what looks to be a bad hamstring tear (hope it’s not too bad chap)!
“I didn’t want to” was the reply of a smiling Tom Knight who comfortably won the 400M in 51.4 after being asked why he didn’t ease up!
5000M – Some of the days best weather was enjoyed by Will, Dan, Paul, Richard and Rob. With Richard and Dan enjoying their debut in the track event and naturally recording PB’s, Rob shaved 4 seconds off his and Paul was marginally outside his. Will finished 2nd in the A and Dan won the B.
110MH – What drama! Allan hits the deck at the beginning and WSEH athlete takes a massive tumble mid race. Valuable points scored by Allan and Ian Jennings (again).
200M – With Henry and Justin both finishing 2nd, it’s started to look as though AFD have competitive sprint squad.
1500M – Strength in depth! With Jonny feeling his quad tightening and Josh out as well. Dane and Jack, who both thought they were n/s took 2nd (A) and 1st (B) in times of 4.08.1 and 4.08.7 respectively.
2000M s/c – In his 4 races so far this season Mark Hyde has hurdled 5,800M. In his first outing this season Andrew came second in the B race. 5 points won showing why it’s so important to cover every event. Great effort gents!
4 x 100M – Having witnessed the AFD ladies take the win, it was the turn of Justin, Henry, Gerard and Luke to show the crowd what they could do. The pre-race practice paid dividends as the smooth handovers gave Luke a useful lead which he retained. Great result to cap off a fine days performance by the sprinters.
4 x 400M – The trio of Dan, Jack and Justin (fresh from the sprint) kept AFD in the race, but gave Tom a large gap to close. Clocking 51.4 he gave it everything but WSEH were just too strong.

Well done to all the athletes who took part yesterday. The standout contribution among a huge team effort came from Justin Colyer. Well done!

The key to yesterday’s result was the strength in depth of the squad. A quick glance at our team sheet shows at least 15 changes from the one declared. A huge “thank you” to everyone who competed and we hope you can support the club in a similar manner for the final two fixtures.

AFD Men’s team:

Adrian Weston, Allan Leiper, Andrew Buchanan, Andrew Hislop, Chris Horlock, Dan Rickards, Dane Blomquist, Eric Workman, Gerard Campbell, Harvey Dixon, Henry McGoldrick, Ian Bridgeman, Ian Jennings, Jack Boswell, James Pocknee, Joe Parker, Jonny Hay, Jake Bainbridge, Justin Colyer, Luke Dorrell, Mark Hyde, Mark Symes, Oliver Aitchison, Paul Gaylor, Richard Lovejoy, Rob Wakefield, Sean Pocknee, Tom Bowerman, Tom Knight, Will Davies