BAL Jubilee Cup Semi FinalReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers senior women's team improved on last year's semi final to triumph at this year's prestigious Jubilee Cup, held at Cudworth's Dorothy Hyman Stadium.
Fellow first division members Birchfield Harriers and current division two leaders Edinburgh Woollen Mills, who finished third, were unable to match the strength of the Wakefield team. Without internationallists Penny Thackray and Suzanne Roberts, the team still managed to accumulate 127.5 points to Birchfield's 115 points.
In only one individual event out of 16 was a Wakefield athlete placed below fourth out of eight.
Helen Taylor, deputising for Roberts, won the hammer, with her throw being, 46.32 metres.
Nicole Crosby ran well in the 100m to clock 11.9 secs to finish well clear. Heptathlete Kerry Jury, in her only individual event, won in fine style in 14.1 seconds in the 100m hurdles. Postwoman Shirley Griffiths showed a clean pair of heels to all the field in the 3000m race in a season's best time of 9:35.5 secs. This followed up her road race success in London, which guarantees her a trip to the 'Big Apple' of New York as a representative of the Post Office's letters department. The club also won both relays, triumphing in the 4x100m in one of the best times in the country this year for a club side.
Another athlete, Fiona Westwood, improved her personal best to finish in 5.90 in the long jump, to clinch second place behind Kelly Southerton, who leaped 6.24m - one of the few British women to jump beyond six metres this year.
Outstanding performance of the day must go to international triple jumper Debbie Rowe, who cleared 13.14m to place her third in the British rankings for 2000.
Match result: 1st Wakefield Harriers 127.5, 2nd Birchfield Harriers 115, 3rd Edinburgh Woolen Mill 80.5, 4th Derby Ladies 71, 5th Liverpool Harriers 69, 6th Border harriers 68, 7th Hull Achilles 53, 8th Barrow 52.