Athletics: Plenty of PBs for Harlow at Hemel

Athletics / Wed 15th Jul 2015 at 11:13am

Harlow ACEYAL Match Hemel Hempstead 12th July

Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, was the venue for the penultimate round of fixtures in the Eastern Young Athletes’ League. The weather was mixed providing a fitting metaphor for Harlow’s performance on the day. Numbers were again low but those who did compete provided some bright performances.

In the Under 13 Girl’s events Martyna Jakstaite was third in the 70m Hurdles in a new PB time of 13.5 seconds. She then followed this up with a new PB of 3.84m in the Long Jump, adding 35cm to her previous best. In the 100m Ella McFarlane set a new PB of 14.2 sec and claimed second in the B race. Her training partner Maye Ukuti was a fraction outside of her best time and was sixth in the A race.

In the middle distance events Charlotte Pratt picked up an excellent second place in the 800m and Grace Malcolm smashed her PB in the 1500m to secure fourth place; her new PB stands at 6.07.6, ten seconds better than her previous mark.

There were some good performances, too, for the U13 Boys: Regan Lawrence took first in the 75m Hurdles in a time of 14.2 seconds; Ethan Seal had a memorable debut as he picked up third in the 800m in a very good time of 2.33.8 minutes. Sam Sloan took second in the B race and Ben Sloan, making his first appearance since a nasty injury at Chelmsford, was third in the Javelin with a throw of 17.73m.

The theme of strong performances continued in the Under 15 age group and also provided the day’s highlight for Harlow. Ami Ashby and Claudia Andrews both set new PBs in the 100m and with an identical time of 14.6 seconds; coincidentally both were fifth in the A and B race respectively. The pair then bettered their 200m PBs. Lottie Rowedder took a second from her previous best and was second in the 1500m in the process. Eilidh Malcolm was disappointed not to have gone quicker in the 300m but still ran a good race in the worsening conditions.

Dominique Diomande and Aidan Proctor enjoyed good days in the sprint events. Proctor was making his first appearance since injury and still lowered his 100m PB by a tenth. He picked up two third place finishes in the A 100 and 200 respectively. Diomande equalled his best 100m time and set an impressive time, 26.1 seconds, in his first competitive outing at 200m. There was further sprint success but this time in the hurdles for Teale Cunningham, as he ran 13 seconds flat in the 80m Hurdles. He then went on to the Long Jump and jumped 5.23m to win that event.

The Harknett brothers, Owen and Lewis, had good days too: Lewis was second in the 800m and shaved two seconds off of his PB. Owen was third in the A 1500m and ran his fastest time of the season to date for the distance. Diomande, Cunningham, Proctor and Owen Harknett then got together to run the 4 x 100 relay. They were well clear, by almost two full seconds which is considerable in sprint terms, as they won the race in a time of 50.1 seconds. The time catapulted the boys into the top hundred times nationally for their age group.

There were only four U17 Men and Women but they performed well: Katie Champion ran her best time of the season to date in the 800m, taking fourth place; Jordan Sheridan was fourth in both the Long and

Triple jumps; Christian Barker was fourth in the 1500m and Jacob Juniper made his league debut with two fifth place finishes in the 100m and 200m, posting decent times to aim at in future.
After the match Steve Lott said; “It’s great that the small number who turned out picked up so many PBs. However, once again it’s disappointing that we couldn’t mobilise more youngsters. You can imagine my frustration when the Basildon team manager remarked to me after the U15 Boy’s relay great win that if we could get organised we could be a force. It’s something we’ve believed as coaches, and known perhaps, for a long time.”

The youth team now move on to their final event at Copthall Stadium, Barnet, in August.

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