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Athletics: Naomi shines at Combined Events

Lifestyle / Wed 2nd Jul 2014 am31 09:53am

English Schools’ Athletics Association (ESAA) Combined Events Regional Championships 28, 29 June 2014

CORBY was the venue for the East of England Regional Combined Events Championships and Naomi Harryman, St Mark’s pupil and Harlow Athletic Club member, was part of the four strong Essex Under 17 team.
Day One was wet and not conducive to good performances. Nevertheless, Naomi began and ended the day with PB performances. She ran the 80m Hurdles in 12.1 secs and concluded the day with 26.1 secs in the 200m. In between she jumped 1.69m in the High Jump and threw 10.81m in the Shot Putt. This left her lying in second place over night and the Essex team in first place.

Day Two’s weather was no better than the first but Harryman began in confident fashion with 5.60m in the Long Jump and followed this up with a massive PB in the Javelin, 35.88m, nearly thirteen metres further than her previous best! This left Harryman heading for a huge score and requiring a time of 2 min 31 or better to break the magic 5000 points barrier. She narrowly missed out on this feat, managing a time of 2.31.9 mins. Her final points tally was 4924 points, securing first place and obliterating her existing club record. She and her Essex team mates now progress to the National finals to be held in Boston, Lincolnshire, in August.

Speaking afterwards Naomi said, “I am thrilled with my points tally and I have beaten people like Denise Lewis on the all time list. I’m really looking forward now to the National Championships in August.”
Harlow Athletic Club coach, Steve Lott added, “This is a phenomenal achievement and it’s worth putting into context just what she has done. Her points tally puts her sixth on the All Time list, above Denise Lewis and Kelly Sotherton to name just two. Above her are current senior athletes, Morgan Lake and Katarina Johnson-Thompson and, hopefully, she could surpass their totals with better conditions at Boston. She is a perfectionist and I know that she will be spurred on by this knowledge to do even better! Many congratulations to her.”

Meanwhile at Lee Valley, club compatriot and Bishop’s Stortford High School pupil, Will Marklew, represented Hertfordshire at the South of England event in the Junior Men’s Octathlon. Day One began for him in blustery conditions but he got away to a decent start with a solid 400m, in a time of 55.07s. He followed this up with 5.66m in the Long Jump; one of the few jumps not recorded as being wind assisted. The day ended with two strong events for him and he threw the Discus a shade under 30m (29.68m) to take fourth place and climb the standings. He won the Javelin (51.34m) by just over five metres and ended the day second going into Day Two.

naomiDay Two began with the 100m Hurdles and he produced an excellent PB (15.84m) taking three seconds off of his previous best mark. The High Jump saw him lose a little ground as he managed 1.75m and saw two rivals jump 1.90m. He closed the gap a fraction coming second in the Shot with a putt of 12.41m. All of which set up an exciting finish in the 1500m. Despite a new PB time of 4.54.04 mins, Marklew fell agonisingly short of second place: his combined score of 4580 points was just 20 points adrift of second. Hertfordshire did not qualify as a team for the finals in August but Marklew will go as an individual and is ranked fourth nationally.

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