Athletics: Harlow AC show strength in depth at Ware

Athletics / Wed 17th Jun 2015 at 04:26pm

WARE was the venue for the latest round of young athletes’ matches and Harlow fielded its largest team this season; thirty athletes across all age groups. There were some excellent performances especially as many of the club’s athletes had represented their Essex school region the previous day at Chelmsford:

Shemar Boldiszar ran 11.1 seconds in the A 100m that, despite being a PB, saw him finish fourth in a high quality Under 17 race. Harry Woodall won the U17 B race in a time of 11.6 seconds. Both men went again in the 200m and again ran quickly. Boldiszar was third this time and Woodall won the B event.

Jordan Sheridan jumped 11.75m in the U17 triple jump to claim fourth; this distance was agonisingly five centimetres away from his PB but he was satisfied as he has been attempting to remodel his approach to the board.

Kieran Bull threw well in both the Under 17 javelin and discus events. His discus throw of 29.85 metres is a new PB and he looks set to break 30 metres in his first season in the age group. His best javelin throw was 27.42m which is also close to his best performance.

Christian Barker ran a brave 1500m to finish in third place in 4.49.7 minutes; his best time as an Under 17.

In the Under 15 age group Teale Cunningham enjoyed a good day as he ran his first 80m Hurdles of the season and won it in a time of 13.6 seconds. This time puts him straight in to the national ranking list at 150 and he looked as if he could go even quicker. And, Danny Sanderson won the B 80m Hurdles, his time would have put him third in the A race had he been allowed to compete in the same race as Cunningham. Cunningham followed up his hurdle success with first place in the High Jump and second in the 200m.

Dominique Diomond made his first team appearance and ran 12.2s to earn second in the 100m and there were two solid performances in the 800m. Sam Collins was fourth in the A race and Club debutant, Callum Parish was third in the B race. Laura Kulagowska was also making her track debut in the U15 girl’s 800m she ran well to set a time of 2.49.1 minutes.

Lottie Rowedder continued her strong track season with a third placed finish in the 1500m in 5.15.7 minutes and Eilidh Malcolm was just outside her PB as she ran the 300m in 47.4 seconds. Meanwhile, on the field Beth Harryman picked up a second and third place in the high jump and long jump respectively.

Ami Ashby, Izzy Brown and Lauren Barker all performed well in their events but found the step up in age group challenging; particularly Ami who was thrown into A competition following a late withdrawal through illness, and Lauren who was competing against bigger, stronger girls in the shot.

The club fielded ten athletes in the U13 age group, all of whom were young in the age group. There were some encouraging performances that suggest better things in their second year in the age group: Regan Lawrence picked up two third place finishes in the 100m and 200m respectively; Maye Ukuti won the B 100m; Charlotte Pratt was second in the 800m and Grace Malcolm was third in the B 800m and Ella Macfarlane ran an impressive 100m.

After the event Steve Lott said; “To be a competitive team you need twenty athletes per age group. Slowly but surely we are building a culture of competition and the numbers are increasing. And, today I saw some very encouraging performances especially from some of our younger athletes. I’m also particularly grateful to those who have turned out twice this weekend as it was the schools’ championships yesterday. It was a good day for the club and athletes alike.”

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