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Athletics: Excellent weekend at East and Essex Indoor Championships for Harlow AC

Athletics / Tue 6th Feb 2018 at 04:28pm

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Excellent weekend at East and Essex Indoor Championships for Harlow

Twenty-one athletes from across the age groups at Harlow AC took part in this year’s indoor regional championships, held at Lee Valley. The format saw athletes competing for Eastern Region medals and Essex medals for those who qualify for the county under birth and residency rules

Day One began with the 60m sprints: in the U15 age group, James Petty was third in his heat in a time of 7.88s; Jamie Scott won his heat in a club record equalling 7.76s. He then came sixth in a hotly contested final in a time of 7.77s. For the girls at the same age group Lauren Coldicott fell foul of the brutal qualification rules – her time of 8.76 was quicker than a couple of heat winners but as she finished third in her heat she did not progress. The U17s were represented by Benison George who ran a personal best of 7.92 in his heat.

It was unfortunate also for the U20 men that both Dominique Diomande and Shemar Boldiszar were in the first semi final together. Diomande’s 7.28s was a new PB but he was pipped to qualification by Boldiszar in 7.1s. In the final, he ran 7.01 to earn the silver medal. Harry Woodall competed at senior level for the first time and ran 7.55s in his heat.

There was a break from the track as field events took centre stage. Beth Harryman’s performance of 10.40m in the U20 earned her double gold as winner of both the Essex and East of England events. Also in the U20 Shot, Dara Shekoni (12.32m) won both bronze medals for the region and county and Mia Rowan (4.08) won U13 Essex Bronze. Meanwhile, in the U15 Long Jump Millie Upton jumped 4.37m for Essex bronze.

Track events resumed with the 60m hurdles. Mia Rowan qualified for the U13 final and ran a new PB of 11.25s to secure Essex bronze. Millie Upton was agonisingly denied qualification to the U15 final by just fractions of a second, but 10.76 was a new PB for the event. Team mate Grace Iyinbor did qualify and her time in the final of 10.01 was a new PB and good enough for regional bronze and Essex silver. Ami Ashby reached the U17 semi final and also achieved a new PB of 9.66s.

Day Two proved to be just as successful for Harlow and its athletes. Leo Chaschin began a busy day by jumping 6.03m to earn silver for both Essex and Eastern U20 competitions. He then followed this up with 12.14m in the triple jump; 1.80m in the high jump to secure Essex gold and Eastern bronze and ended his day as Essex Pole Vault champion with a height of 3.40m.

Beth Harryman endured a bittersweet day as she won the U20 High Jump but had to withdraw from her favoured event, the long jump, due to an injury picked up in the high jump.

Back on the track was the U15 300m events. Mairi Malcolm and Amelia Loveridge both ran for the girls but their times of 51.9 and 47.22 respectively were not enough to reach the final stages. James Petty for the boys did qualify and ran 39.32s for Eastern bronze.

Next came the 200m with James Petty going once more and training partner, Marley Sarling also. Both young men reached the final. Sarling was agonisingly outside of the medals, but could be consoled by a new PB of 24.98. Petty rounded off his day with Essex bronze in yet another PB of 24.92s.

Shemar Boldiszar was back again and he qualified for the final of the U20 200m final. He was second in 22.21 seconds. The centre piece for the distance, however, came from Sophia Bridle. In her first ever championship event she won the U13 gold with a new club record for the age group of 28.52 seconds.

In the longest sprint, the 400m, Teale Cunningham ran a new PB of 53.05s and secured U20 Essex bronze in the process. At the same time, Breanna Philip went in the U17 long jump; 3.97m was outside the medals.

The day ended with the middle distance events: Katie Champion earned U20 silver in a time of 5.45.10; Dawn Jones ran 2.42.45, which sets her up nicely for the European Masters event in March; Grace Malcolm smashed her PB by almost seven seconds for fourth in the U17 800m, it now stands at 2.38.0 minutes. The final event of the day was the U17 men’s 800m final. Jamie Putt was just outside the medals in 2.06.18.

After the event club chairman, Steve Lott said; “Many congratulations to all of the athletes who have done themselves and the club proud. The fantastic haul of medals and the string of Personal Bests rewards their hard work and that of their coaches. I hope that it inspires others to get out and compete later in the season.”

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