Champion Beagles slip to third despite great Scott’s double
PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 June 2011
Ryan Scott’s impressive sprint double victory could not prevent a disappointing performance from reigning British Athletics League Premier Division champions Newham & Essex Beagles in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Beagles team accumulated 287 points to finish third and pick up six league points, leaving them trailing local rivals Woodford Green with Essex Ladies and early pace-setters Birchfield Harriers.
Scott won the 100 metres in a season’s best 10.35 seconds, but his performance in the 200m was even more impressive, as he set a new personal best time of 20.90 to seal his second victory of the day.
Max Eaves (pictured above right), winner of a Commonwealth Games bronze medal, was named Athlete of the Match as he won the pole vault with a clearance of 5.40m.
European Indoor Championships qualifier Robbie Grabarz won the high jump with a 2.15m clearance, while there were also victories for the relay teams.
The 4x100m team of Scott, Suote Nyananyo, Andre Fernandez and Mark Findlay stormed home in a combined 41.48, while Billy Ryan, Nathan Woodward, Tom Burton and Richard Davenport made up the winning 4x400m team, clocking a collective 3.11.00.
Two season’s best runs from Findlay in the 100m and 200m B races added valuable points, while Burton won the 400m B race in a season’s best 48.90.
Davenport finished runner-up in the 400m hurdles, clocking 51.78, while in the B race team-mate Nathan Woodward finished first in 50.54.
Kairn Stone ran a season’s best 15.18.10 to place fourth in the 5,000m, while 36-year-old Andy Barber was fifth in the B race, clocking a season’s best 16.22.26.
Kola Adedyin scored a pair of second place finishes, leaping 15.34m in the triple jump and a personal best 6.78m in the B long jump competition.
There were also useful points added courtesy of second-place finishes for Simon Phelan, who cleared 2.00m in the B high jump and Abdul Buhari, who threw 56.89m in the discus.
In the B discus Simon Cooke was third, throwing a season’s best 53.91m, while Phelan threw a season’s best 42.52m in the B javelin, finishing seventh.
Newham were forced to come from behind in the competition last year, only securing the title in the last meeting. This time round it may be even more difficult to hang on to their crown.
The next meeting is on July 2.
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