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Sweet Nuga is the star of disappointing day for Beagles ladies

PUBLISHED: 11:27 09 June 2011

Beagles UK women's team

Beagles UK women's team

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A personal best time for sprinter Tope Nuga was one of few highlights on an otherwise disappointing start for Newham & Essex Beagles to their UK Women’s League Division One season at Sunday’s first round meeting in Swansea.

With team manager Tim Mundle unable to travel to South Wales, the Newham & Essex Beagles team (pictured right) placed sixth, with 134 points from the match, earning three league points overall.

Nuga won the 100m in 11.90 seconds and the 26-year-old followed up to win the 200m B race in a season’s best 24.75.

Susanna Banjo was also among the race winners, taking first place in the 100m B race in 12.42, while the 21-year-old Birmingham University student was third in the 200m, finishing in 25.43 and eighth in the javelin, although her 13.35m throw brought up a personal best.

Leigh Lennon’s season’s best run in the 800m of 2.09.99 was only good enough for fifth spot, while in the B race 17-year-old Eleanor Bounds was third in 2.23.42.

The 400m hurdles races brought new personal best times for two rookie Beagles athletes. Neha Dabhi, competing alongside the A string, ran 75.27 while in the B race Yemi Akinshipo clocked 74.97.

There were season’s best performances from Stephanie Ugbo, who ran 16.59 in the B 100m hurdles and cleared 1.60m to place fifth in the high jump among a close field.

There were third place finishes for Chioma Matthews in the B high jump, for Melissa Stevens in the B pole vault and for the 4x100m relay team of Nuga, Temi Erinoso, Banjo and Holly Thomas.

Erinoso lept a season’s best 4.87m in the long jump, but placed seventh, while team-mate Rochelle Jones faired better in the B triple jump, finishing third with a jump of 11.34m.


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