B.A.L. Womens Jubilee CupReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers clinched their Jubilee Cup final spot on count-back in a thrilling nail-biter at Eton. The match went right to the wire with Wakefield and City of Norwich tied on 87 points behind Windsor, Slough and Eton AC whose match-winning haul of 143 points gained them qualification for the final.
Wakefield joined Windsor, Slough and Eton by virtue of a superior number of third places over Norwich. The final will be contested later in the year. It was a tremendous performance from the women's team.
Penny Thackray, who the previous day had clinched the AAA 10000m championship, turned out in the 1500m and provided the team with second-place points with a 4:36.02 finish - an outstanding achievement considering she had put in 25 gruelling laps the day before.
Emily Freeman was the only winner for Wakefield following a tremendous tussle with GB international sprinter Domita Benjamin. Freeman held her form to win the 100m in 12.1 secs (+0.3m/s head wind) from Benjamin (12.2 secs).
Helen Taylor threw 50m but the hammer landed outside the sector lines. She secured third place, however, with a throw of 47.73m.
Fiona Westwood jumped 5.59m to claim second in the long jump, and Nicole Crosby netted another second for the team in the 200m, beaten by Nicole Bowring of Windsor who clocked 24.5 secs (-0.4m/s). Crosby clocked 25.0 secs dead.
Clare Sykes had to double up with outings in both the 400m and 800m.She finished third in the 800m in 2:19.02 with very little time to recover after the one-lap race.
Ruth Dales had to tackle a strong -1.8m/s head wind in the 100m hurdles but clocked 15.2 secs for third behind Pearce(Huntingdon) in 15.0 secs.
Julia Sykes' versatility in the throws ensured she claimed valuable points in the discus, shot and javelin.
Relays: 4x100m 2nd 48.7 secs; 4x400m 6th 4:04.09.