Athletics: Excellent results for Harlow AC at Eastern Champs

AN excellent weekend concluded for Harlow AC with success at the Eastern Region Championships at Cambridge on Sunday.

Mia Rowan competed in the U15 long jump and jumped 4.10m but was really there for the hurdles. In the hurdles, she ran 12.35s to clock a new PB and finish second in her heat. Then in the final she was in the cruellest position, fourth, but could take comfort in yet another new PB time reducing it now to 12.26s.

The 100m saw Mohamed Tambedou in senior action. He ran 11.14s in his heat and then 11.04s in the final. Even more agonisingly for him, like Mia, he was fourth and only a photo could separate him from third as both men were given the same time.

At U17 level, the event became a straight final with a number of no shows. Freddie Henderson took bronze in 11.48s and Marley Sarling won the race to be crowned Eastern Region champion. He did so in 11.14s in exhilarating fashion taking the Colchester Harriers athlete on the line. Sadly for both young men the wind was illegal and will not be recorded as a best performance.

James Petty was in 400m action and it was a good field that included five of the region’s top ten. The race began in blustery conditions and the entire field ran conservatively down the back straight, effectively reducing the race to a 200m fight. Happily, Petty came out on top taking the lead with about 40m to go and never looking like relinquishing it. The time of 52.08s was not the quickest but would still have been good enough to win the U20 final as well.

Next on track was the 200m. Sarling and Henderson were both due to start but unfortunately, and sensibly, Henderson felt a niggle in his hip and withdrew. The final itself was very fast and the City of Norwich athlete came out on top with Sarling in second only a mere step behind. 22.88s was good compensation as the wind was legal and so he left with a new PB for 200m as well as the silver medal.

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