Hosts Sheffield start campaign strongly

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City of Sheffield and Dearne AC started their British League Premier Division campaign in style, winning the opening match at their Woodbourn Road track on Saturday.

Sheffield beat the rest in both the track and field events, their field events athletes being particularly dominant. They also finished well clear with Sale, holders Shaftsbury Barnet, Birchfield and Haringey in a separate contest for second place with only three points separating them.

Considering they are ranked equal first in the country, it was no surprise to see Adam Hague and Luke Cutts scoring maximum points for Sheffield in the pole vault.

Hague, 17, went on to win the A event with 4.80m and Cutts finding 4.60 good enough to win the B event.

The long jump was another top-scoring event for Sheffield, through Daniel Gardiner (7.52) and Liam Ramsay (7.22). Both decathletes, Gardiner also won the B 100m (10.72) and contributed in the sprint relay while Ramsay was third in the 110m hurdles (14.54).

The 3,000m saw Sheffield’s Matt Bowser take the runner-up spot in 8:16.07.

Mark Plowman had a welcome triumph for Sheffield in the discus (53.97m) and Lee Doran was runner-up in the javelin (68.13m) with Sam Ellis runner-up in the B event (55.94m).

The shot was another good event for Sheffield, Gareth Winter finishing second with 16.63m and Jamie Williamson runner-up in the B event with 15.19m.

Asafa Powell ran a world-leading 100m time of 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica International in Kingston on Saturday.

Powell headed a strong field, with American Ryan Bailey in second in 9.93 secs, ahead of another home runner in Nesta Carter, who clocked 9.98.

They were the first three times under 10 seconds in 2015.