Herts Phoenix women relegated from division three

PUBLISHED: 10:39 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

Steph Gaynor is one of the Herts Phoenix ladies athletes

Steph Gaynor is one of the Herts Phoenix ladies athletes

HERTS Phoenix AC s ladies have been relegated from the UK Women s League Division Three. Despite a valiant effort by the nine women that made the trip to Wigan for the final match, the team could not achieve enough points to survive. The Phoenix athletes

HERTS Phoenix AC's ladies have been relegated from the UK Women's League Division Three.

Despite a valiant effort by the nine women that made the trip to Wigan for the final match, the team could not achieve enough points to survive.

The Phoenix athletes that travelled to the north-west were Emma Kavanagh, Olivia Ross-Hurst, Stephanie Gaynor, Clare Marsh, Nicky Burrows, Natasha Taylor, Hayley Wills, Helen van Kempen and Julie Simmons.

A fantastic effort was made by Natasha Taylor, who ran the 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m races in the same afternoon in an attempt to save the team from relegation.

Natasha came fifth in the B string 800m with a time of 2 mins 30.15 secs, fourth in the A string 3,000m in 11 mins 16.81 secs and finally sixth in the 1,500m A string after clocking 5 mins 09.11 secs.

Joining Natasha in the 3,000m and 1,500m was Julie Simmons.

Julie ran well in the 3,000m to win the B string race in 12 mins 05.11 secs.

She finished seventh in the B string 1,500m in 5 mins 44.76 secs and came seventh in the B string discus.

Another great effort was made by the ever-reliable Hayley Wills.

Hayley was second in the A string 800m with a time of 2 mins 12.69 secs and then went on to win the A string 400m in 56.74 secs.

She also came seventh in the B string javelin.

WGC sprint hurdler Stephanie Gaynor was not happy with her start to the race, but hurdled well to come a close second in a time of 14.22 secs.

Steph went on to place fifth in the B string shot and seventh in the A string javelin.

Emma Kavanagh finished third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 67.37 secs.

She came seventh in the A string long jump and despite an injured shoulder cleared 1.45m in the high jump to come fifth in the A string.

Olivia Ross-Hurst was also prepared to make the journey north for her first outing of the season.

Despite not being fully fit, Olivia ran well in the B string 400m to come sixth in a time of 62.99 secs.

She went on to achieve third place in the B string high jump with 1.45m and was eighth in the A string shot putt.

Nicky Burrows, in her first match of the season, has not trained whilst away at university but came third in the B string hurdles, seventh in the B string long jump and eighth in triple jump.

Helen van Kempen, who has missed a lot of this season through injury, came fifth in the B string 400m hurdles and also threw a discus and hammer to try to achieve points for the team.

Women's team stalwart Clare Marsh turned her hand to the hammer and the 100m and 200m sprints, where she gave her best to achieve points for the team.

In the relays the 4x100m squad of Nicky Burrows, Hayley Wills, Stephanie Gaynor and Helen van Kempen were eighth.

The Phoenix 4x400m quartet of Stephanie Gaynor, Ross-Hurst, Emma Kavanagh and Hayley Wills came fourth with a time of 4 mins 03.56 secs.

The Herts team finished the match in eighth place and their final league position of eighth resulted in relegation to UKWL Division Four along with Reading.

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