County match for 12 Herts Phoenix athletes
PUBLISHED: 11:11 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 26 October 2009
TWELVE Herts Phoenix athletes donned their county vests to represent Hertfordshire at the Inter-Counties match in Basildon. Competing against Essex, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Middlesex, it was always going to be a tough call. However, those sele
TWELVE Herts Phoenix athletes donned their county vests to represent Hertfordshire at the Inter-Counties match in Basildon.
Competing against Essex, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Middlesex, it was always going to be a tough call.
However, those selected following their fine performances at the County Championships in May all acquitted themselves well.
There were a number of excellent displays in the girls' match, which resulted in some of the competitors recording personal bests.
Monk's Walk schoolgirl Katie Caulfield, fresh from her England international call-up, comfortably won the long jump with 5.77m.
Her winning leap was close to her career best of 5.84m, which she set in June.
The 15-year-old then went on to take part in another event in the shape of the 200m. It is a race she rarely competes in.
However Katie, who does regularly run the 100m, performed well to clock a PB of 26.68 secs to take third place.
Another WGC schoolgirl, Sir Frederic Osborn pupil Claire Humphries, showed a welcome return to form.
Claire claimed victory in a very close and exciting 80m hurdles race in a season's best time of 11.50 secs.
This time takes her back up to seventh in the overall national rankings for the age group.
Claire also took sixth in the A string 100m with 12.85 secs and was partnered by Lottie Cullen who, having just returned from holiday, was fifth in the B string race.
Deborah Willis, recently selected to represent the East of England at the UK School Games at the end of the month, was another who put in a good performance in the 300m.
The Presdales pupil crossed the line in third place with a time of 43.19 secs.
Back in the field, Chloe-Anne Currie came fourth in the B string triple jump with an effort of 9.24m.
Hannah Lloyd, also selected for the UK Schools Games, had a very tough race in the 300m hurdles.
Coming up against some top opposition, the Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School pupil did well to finish third.
The class field spurred her on to record a personal best time of 45.75 secs.
Thrower Eloise Meakins came out on top in the A string javelin with a fine effort of 36.63m.
Also in the field events, Millie Phelan recorded good performances in both the high jump and shot putt.
She cleared 1.55m in the high jump and a shot putt of 8.03m in the B string.
Finally, the 4x100m relay team of Claire Humphries, St Albans athlete Abbie Holman, Millie Phelan and Katie Caulfield finished in fifth.
This event rounded off a good day for the Herts Phoenix contingent.
Overall the Herts girls' team ended up taking fourth place in the match.