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Report by David Parsons

Top Team performance ensures best ever British League result for BAC

BACís Senior Menís team showed great team spirit on Saturday (31st July) at Winchester on a warm but breezy afternoon. A fine finish to the afternoon enabled them to clinch 3rd spot in the third League fixture of the season. There were one or two gaps due to injury and unavailability, however, a mixture of youth and experience produced a string of excellent and solid results and a steady accumulation of points throughout the afternoon.

Southend AC showed excellent strength in depth and deservedly won the fixture with a total of 320 points. There was very little between the next five teams so every point would prove to be vital. As a result, the athletes who Ďfilled iní gaps in the teamsheet for the team cause, proved the difference with their valuable points contributions.

The day didnít begin too well as we had no competitors in the Pole Vault and had to Ďfill iní for the B string Hammer. With an unfortunate disqualification in the A string 100m due to a false start, the team gave themselves something of a mountain to climb. There were some strong performances ongoing in the field events, however, and, things began to take a turn for the better with the 800m. Ryan Saunders underlined his huge potential by winning the A string event for the second successive fixture with an excellently timed finishing surge and a time of 1:54.18. He was well backed up by another of our youngsters, Conor Mugan who had a battling run to take 6th in the B string with 2:03.84.

We picked up excellent points in all of the Jumps. Matt Sloane took 1st A string in the High Jump with 2.00m and he was well backed up by Bradley Pickup who came 2nd in the B string with a seasonís best 1.75m. Brad also came 2nd in the A string of both Long and Triple Jumps with 6.87m and a season best 13.40m respectively. James Lelliott gave great support with 1st B string Long Jump (6.70m) and 2nd B String Triple Jump (13.24). James followed this up with a victory in the B string Javelin (53.21m) and with an excellent throw from Aaron Harris securing 2nd in the A string (58.49m) we were well and truly back in the mix for a good placing in the match.

The remaining throwing events produced more strong points with Simon Fricker securing 2nd and 3rd A String in Shot (14.13m) and Discus (41.47m) and veteran Andy Turner coming 3rd B String Shot (11.64m) and 4th B String Discus (35.90m).

Nigel Hayman ran well in 110m and 400m hurdles and Rob Hardyman gained an extra point by filling in for the B String 400 Hurdles. Rob then gained a PB in the 3000m Steeplechase (10:16:81) to finish 6th in the A String race. Adam Potter and Rhys Bennett picked up valuable points in the 100m and 200m. Darryn Campbell ran strongly to secure 5th A string 400m (50.37) and Karl Welch gained an extremely valuable 3rd B string (51.97). Ryan Saunders stepped in as a late replacement in the 1500m and once more showed his class with another well timed run to secure our final A string victory (4:05.54) and another youngster, Fergus OíReilly ran a great race in the B String to clinch 3rd place (4:10.69). In the 5000m, Ian Habgood continued his recent run of good form with another PB finishing 3rd A string (15:24.44) and although Rob McTaggart was disappointed with his run (16:13.38), this nevertheless gained more important points (4th B string).

This now left just the two relays to come. The last match score to have been given out was with some six events (including the two relays) to come and, at that point we were 6th but not far behind the 3rd, 4th and 5th teams. Our team for the 4x100m was Adam Potter, Bradley Pickup, Rhys Bennett and James Lelliott and they put in a very good, solid performance to come 5th (44.89) for 8 more points. It was now left for our 4x400m team of Darryn Campbell, Ryan Saunders, Adam Potter and Karl Welch to finish things off and to the delight of the rest of the team and the travelling supporters, they did so in style with an excellent performance to finish 3rd in 3:25.08 and 12 excellent points. When the final results were announced, we were delighted to find that the solid team performance was rewarded by a superb 3rd place with 278 points and just 9 points behind Havering.

This now leaves us in 5th place in the league with 13 points with just one match to go and 3 points clear of the teams in 6th and 7th place (Swansea and Yeovil respectively) and 10 points clear of Southampton in 8th. It will be important to ensure another good performance in the final match to build on this fine result.

[Correction 20th August 2010]
The initial results from Winchester were incorrect and the high jump was scored incorrectly, as a result Bournemouth AC were actually 4th in this match

Senior Men

Event A String B String
100m  Rhys Bennett - 11.84 (5)
200m Adam Potter - 23.37 (5) Rhys Bennett - 24.25 (7)
400m Darryn Campbell - 50.37 (5) Karl Welch - 51.97 (3)
800m Ryan Saunders (U20) - 1:54.18 (1) Conor Mugan (U20) - 2:03.84 (6)
1500m Ryan Saunders (U20) - 4:05.54 (1) Fergus O'Reilly - 4:10.69 (3)
5000m Ian Habgood - 15:24.44 (3) [PB] Rob McTaggart - 16:13.38 (4)
110m H Nigel Hayman (HCA) - 16.35 (6)  
400m H Nigel Hayman (HCA) - 62.99 (7) Rob Hardyman - 69.90 (8)
3000m SC Rob Hardyman - 10:16.81 (6) [PB]  
High Jump Matt Sloane - 2.00 (1) Bradley Pickup - 1.75 (2) [SB]
Long Jump Bradley Pickup - 6.87 (2) James Lelliott (U20) - 6.70 (1)
Triple Jump Bradley Pickup - 13.40 (2) [SB] James Lelliott (U20) - 13.24 (2) [PB]
Shot Simon Fricker - 14.13 (2) Andrew Turner (M45) - 11.64 (3)
Discus Simon Fricker - 41.47 (3) [SB] Andrew Turner (M45) - 35.90 (4)
Hammer Andrew Turner (M45) - 41.49 (6) Darryn Campbell - 12.93 (8) [PB]
Javelin Aaron Harris - 58.49 (2) James Lelliott (U20) - 53.21 (1)
4x100m Relay Adam Potter, Bradley Pickup, Rhys Benett, James Lelliott - 44.89 (5)
4x400m Relay Darryn Campbell (51.3), Ryan Saunders, Adam Potter, Karl Welch (51.2) - 3:25.08 (3)

Match Result

Position Team Points
1 Southend AC 320
2 Havering Mayesbrook AC 287
Bournemouth AC
4 Swansea Harriers 274
5 Exeter 270
6 Kingston AC 263
7 Yeovil 235
8 Southampton AC 206

Please Note:
The names of competitors are based on the team declaration sheets and so may not be entirely accurate (though should be). Any problems with names / times / positions then e-mail darryn@bournemouthac.co.uk.

[SB], [PB] and [Club Record] annotations accurate to the best of my knowledge when this page was generated (1/8/2010)