Athletics: Harlow AC young athletes shine at first meet of the season

Athletics / Sat 23rd Apr 2016 pm30 12:16pm

Eastern Young Athletes – Watford 17/04/16

Flying start for Harlow’s young athletes

HARLOW’S young athletes got their season underway at Watford on Sunday and it proved to be a very good day for them

In the Under 13 age group there were several debut performances: Annalyse Hassanally ran well in the 100m, recording a time of 14.7 seconds; at the same distance Lauren Coldicott clocked an impressive 14.2 to take third place in her race; Rhiana Noble threw the shot putt 4.88m to take third place, Mackenzie Cranfield made her debut in the 800m and Molly Womack ran her first 1500m. The quartet of Hassanally, Noble, Coldicott and her sister, Ella, combined to run a very strong 4 x 100m. They were second in a time of 59.3 seconds.

It was disappointing that the club could only muster three Under 13 boys but they acquitted themselves well: Regan Lawrence ran smoothly over the hurdles for second place in 13.4 secs; Harry McRae was placed fourth but achieved the same time as the third placed athlete in an exciting 1500m race and James Petty made a case for performance of the day with a mightily impressive run in the 200m in a time of 27.8 seconds.

The Under 15 boys were similarly short of numbers but the girls were strong: Jamie Putt, making his debut was second in the 800m; Sam Collins won the B event at the same distance and Ben Sloan stepped up to run a competitive 1500m.

Faith Ogengdenbe led the way with a blistering run in the 100m. Fractions of seconds split the field in a tight finish in which she was placed fifth in an excellent time of 13.7 seconds; Ami Ashby (13.4), Anna Clatworthy (13.2) and Lucy Smith (13.6) put on a great display in the hurdles. All three times rank in the country’s top 100 performances of the year so far; Charlotte Pratt and Grace Malcolm ran strongly in the 800m, taking third and first respectively in the A and B event; Zoe Rutter and Savanna Sirkett shared the gruelling 1500m duties and picked up useful points. Similarly, Melody Langson and Lucy Smith stepped up to the equally taxing 300m and scored points in an event rarely covered by the club. Pride of place went to the 4×100 team of Ami Ashby, Faith Ogengdenbe, Anna Clatworthy and Breanna Philip. Their time of 54.6 currently sits in the national top twenty.
Breanna Philip also had a good day in the field taking claiming second in the high jump with a jump of 1.40. Jasmine Johnson, making her debut, threw the shot well to take fourth place. Amelia Loveridge, also making her debut, threw the discus to take fourth place. Mairi Malcolm picked up crucial points in the shot, discus and javelin.

The Under 17 age group, whilst small, was better supported than in previous years and they turned in some quality performances: Georgia Cranfield ran well on her debut; Eilidh Malcolm equalled her 300m PB; Lottie Rowedder ran away from the field in the 1500m, a full ten seconds ahead of her nearest rival; Lewis Harknett ran a strong 1500m having already done so the previous day for the men; Bethany Harryman ran the 80m hurdles in a time that is in the current top fifty times nationally; Izzy Brown picked up third in the B 300m; Dominique Diomande broke twelve seconds in the 100m and Teale Cunningham broke 25 seconds in the 200m.

In the field events Ruvimbo Mukachana won the B shot on debut; Kieran Bull threw very well for third place in both the Discus and Javelin and Leo Chashchin smashed his Triple jump PB by 39 centimetres.
After the event new club chairman Steve Lott said, “This was by far the largest team we’ve turned out for the best part of a decade and there have been years when we’ve scored 300 points in the entire season. Today alone we scored 309 and I’m immensely proud of what our young athletes have done today. They couldn’t have done it without a strong team of coaches and volunteers behind them and I’m very grateful for all of their support. I think those in this league who’ve come to view us as an easy victory will be surprised this year.”

U13 Girls
Annalyse Hassanally 100m 14.7, 200m 31.8, LJ2.41; Lauren Coldicott 100m 14.2, 200m 30.9, LJ 3.63; Rhiana Noble 200m 32.4, SP 4.88; Mackenzie Cranfield 800m 2.54.6; Molly Womack 1500m 5.52.4; Ella Coldicott 100m 15.9

U13 Boys
James Petty 100m 13.7, 200m 27.8, LJ 3.93; Regan Lawrence 100m 14.6, 75mH 13.4, LJ 3.99 Harry McRae 800m 2.41.6

U15 Girls
Faith Ogengdenbe; 100m 13.7, LJ4.17 Ami Ashby; 100m 14.5, 200m 29.9, 75mH 13.4 Melody Langson; 300m 53.3 Charlotte Pratt; 800m 2.34.2 Zoe Rutter; 1500m 5.29.7 Anna Clatworthy; 75mH 13.2, HJ 1.35 Breanna Philip; 200m 30.2, HJ 1.40 Jasmine Johnson; SP 5.16 Mairi Malcolm; SP 4.40, JT 8.06, DT 10.34 Grace Malcolm; 800m 2.43.6, JT 9.06 Lucy Smith; 75mH 13.6, 300m 51.7 Savanna Sirkett; 1500m 5.44.4 Amelia Loveridge; DT 9.88, LJ 3.15 Maye Ukuti 100m 14.8

U15 Boys
Sam Collins; 300m 47.2, Jamie Putt; 800m 2.19.0, JT 16.76 Ben Sloan 1500m 5.17.2, SP 6.96, JT 16.85

U17 Women
Eilidh Malcolm; 100m 14.4, 300m 47.2, Lottie Rowedder; 1500m 5.07.0 Bethany Harryman; 80mH 13.6, SP 8.97, JT 19.65 Izzy Brown; 300m 53.8, DT 8.04 Ruvimbo Mukachana; SP 6.52, JT14.64 Georgia Cranfield; 100m 16.0, 200m 32.4

Under 17 Men
Dominique Diomande; 100m 11.9, 200m 25.4 Lewis Harknett; 1500m 4.27.4, LJ4.21 Teale Cunningham; 200m 24.9, 100mH 16.5, HJ 1.65 Leo Chashchin; LJ 5.18, TJ 11.05, HJ 1.55 Kieran Bull; SP 9.70, JT 26.35, DT 27.60

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