Female sprinters put down early-season markers

Female sprinters put down early-season markers
30 Apr

It looked a fascinating match up and so it proved as the women’s 100m was the outstanding race at the first Intertrust Track & Field Challenge of the 2018 season. The weather was somewhat a mixed bag for the sprinters in particular who benefited from a tailwind just under the legal limits (though this luck did not extend to the men’s race) but had to contend with drizzle and chilly temperatures throughout…not to mention splashing through puddles from the downpour that preceded events.

It was hard to pick the likely order of the top 3 before the race and even halfway down the home straight most would have probably put their money on 400m star Indi Gallagher to take the win. However it was her long-time training partner Jasmine Norman who finished strongly to take victory ahead of Gallagher and Abi Galpin.

It was the first time that three Guernsey women have achieved times inside 12.60sec in the same race, and all three of them recorded times faster than the leading Guernsey time in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Galpin did record a wind-assisted time last season of 12.41sec at the Hampshire Championships, which incidentally she and Norman will be facing off at over 100m and 200m in just under two weeks’ time.

The top 3 set PB’s of 12.49, 12.52 and 12.58 respectively and there was also joy further back for their training partner Hannah Barrett who went under 13sec wind-legally for the first time with 12.93. All four girls returned for the second round at the end of the meet and came home in the same order and within a few hundredths of a second of their new PB’s.

Tom Druce, who coaches all of the women, said: “Jas has really stepped up this winter and been recording big numbers in the gym and on max velocity sessions. So I think we all expected her to open up fast and she delivered. Indi has had a difficult time this winter with an ankle problem and I wouldn’t have put her in any distance beyond 100m yet as she is still in the early stages of her return. So I expect big improvements from her as the season progresses.”

The men were unfortunately not as lucky with the wind readings but Josh Allaway and Joe Chadwick were both pleased with their openers of 10.83 and 11.18 respectively (+3.8m/s). Only the latter will be in action in Portsmouth and he’ll have his fingers crossed for good conditions there.

The star in the 1500m was Alex Rowe who benefited from the pacemaking of Ryan Burling as he ran away from the field to record a sizeable PB of 4:08.18 as he continues his rise up the local all-time list. Rowe has plenty of options open to him this year following his impressive solo-run over 2,000m steeplechase on Thursday and his late season sub-2min 800m last year. He looks likely to go chasing age group accolades over the steeplechase alongside Island Games selection in the flat events.

Another athlete with similar age-group balances to make this year is Island Games 4x400m relay bronze medallist Amelia Lees, who took victory over the U17 long sprint distance of 300m a mere 0.01sec outside of her PB set indoors earlier this year. The 16 year old ran a scintillating first 200m but was unable to maintain momentum in the final 50m on this occasion. She will look to correct that and win a medal at the Hampshire Champs.

A young lady who unfortunately does not have Island Games on her agenda until 2021 (because her event is not in the 2019 programme due to logistical reasons) is Guernsey newbie Sia Banbury. She threw the 4k hammer 40.34m in her season opener and only her second ever competition with the senior implement having been U17 last season. She was left frustrated by “what could have been” following a couple of fouls but the Guernsey senior and U20 records of Emma King look within reach (42.05m).

Elsewhere in the throws Rebecca Le Tissier had a good season opener with 30.33m in the javelin – she is also unfortunate that her Island Games debut will have to wait until at least 2021 due to the 2019 programme being limited in throws.

U17’s Rhiannon Dowinton and Sofia Mella will likely need to look towards the jumps if they want to be on the plane to Gibraltar because of the age-group specification of their hurdles event – but they both opened up well over the barriers with 12.44 and 12.75 over 80mH. Mella also recorded 9.93m in the triple jump where she was headed by the pleasing return of Alice Hunt, who leapt out to 10.05m. The latter will be in action at Thursday’s Field Fest in one of/both the long jump and high jump.

The inaugural U13 Quadrathlon was very well supported and included an U13 record for Tilly Beddow in the 600m of 1:47.51 which currently ranks her 5th nationally. There was very nearly an U13 record in the 75m as well courtesy of Macy Ozard but the wind tipped marginally over the legal limit, meaning Sara Marley’s mark evades the clutches of her father’s latest protégé for a while longer.

Quadrathlon points will be published shortly.

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Results downloadable below.

Videos courtesy of Chris Chalmers

Intertrust TF Challenge 29th April Results
Intertrust TF Challenge 29th April Results
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Quadrathlon 29 April 2018
Quadrathlon 29 April 2018
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