Seniors storm to track and field success

PUBLISHED: 11:39 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

Javelin thrower Pete Lundgren

Javelin thrower Pete Lundgren

HERTS Phoenix s senior women picked up the Alpha Trophy after storming track and field displays by their athletes. The team began the meet at Picketts Lock in style with two victories in the 400m hurdles. Christina Silva won the A string race in a time of

PICTURE BY TERRY RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY
PIC.. PETA LUNDGREN

HERTS Phoenix's senior women picked up the Alpha Trophy after storming track and field displays by their athletes.

The team began the meet at Picketts Lock in style with two victories in the 400m hurdles.

Christina Silva won the A string race in a time of 63.51 seconds, while Emma Kavanagh came first in the B string race with a personal best of 64.69 secs.

This was followed on the track by the 800m with Laura Whitehead coming sixth and Ashleigh Cattle fifth with times of 2 minutes 28.39 seconds and 2 mins 39.95 secs respectively.

Next up in the field were Peta Lundgren and Katie Grehan in the javelin.

Both triumphed, with Peta winning the A string after a throw of 38.34m and Katie coming first in B string with 34.76m.

It was the turn of the sprinters next with two U17s, WGC's Claire Humphries and Lottie Cullen, in the senior women's 100m.

Both ran well with Claire finishing seventh in the A string with a time of 12.98 secs and Lottie achieving a PB of 12.75 secs to come fourth in the B string.

Two good second places followed in the high jump for Natalie Farman with 1.55m and Jenny Hutchings in the B string with a clearance at 1.50m.

U17 athletes Deborah Willis and Nina Edwards competed in the 400m.

Deborah dipped under 60 seconds for the first time this season to come third in the A string with a time of 59.83 secs.

Nina, who was overcoming an illness, ran a good 60.58 secs to come second in the B string.

Next, the two javelin throwers Peta and Katie took on the discus.

Katie achieved another career best with 25.10m to come sixth in the A string and Peta's 23.37m won the B string.

Nikki Silva and Charlotte Davies ran in the 1,500m, with Nikki runner-up in the A string with a time of 4 mins 47.89 secs.

Charlotte crossed the line third in the B string with 5 mins 04.19 secs.

Laura Jones followed with two events in quick succession.

She came second in the 100m hurdles with 14.74 secs and soon after was fourth in the shot putt with a PB of 10.55m.

Natalie Farman ran the B string 100m hurdles, winning in a time of 16.36 secs.

Peta Lundgren, in her third throwing event, was runner-up in the B string shot with 8.97m.

Long jumper Katie Caulfield won her A string event with a leap of 5.32m, while Danielle Currie finished second in the B string event with a distance of 4.96m.

The final individual track event for the seniors was the 200m race.

Laura Wake crossed the line first in the A string race with a club U20 record of 24.65 secs.

In the B string, hurdler Helen van Kempen came home fifth after clocking 28.2 secs.

The 200m was soon followed by the 4 x 100m relay and the quartet of van Kempen, Caulfield, Jones and Wake ran well to come in third with a time of 50.38 secs.

These performances were enough to see the seniors win the Alpha Trophy by a margin of 18 points in front of Colchester.

Team captain Nikki Silva collected the trophy on behalf of her colleagues.


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