Athletics: Harlow claim success at Basildon

Athletics / Tue 5th Jun 2018 at 10:01am

Harlow AC Ware

Basildon EYAL 3 June

HARLOW enjoyed their most successful Youth League match for many years at Basildon on Sunday. They were up against five much larger clubs and yet managed to claim fifth place. The points tally of 405.5 points was the best return in over a decade for the club’s young athletes.

In order to achieve such a total, performances had to be at their peak and it is therefore no surprise that there were many personal bests set and broken.

The Under 13 Girls were again at the vanguard and were third overall in their section of the competition. Sophia Bridle had a particularly good day as she picked up a hat-trick of PBS; the most impressive a long jump of 4.69m that puts her eighth in the country.

Mia Rowan also enjoyed a successful day reducing her 70m hurdles PB to 12.4 secs and a good third place finish in the high jump, only missing out on second on count back. Olivia Williams won the B competition and Lizzie Stables, on her return to competition, out jumped them both with an impressive 1.35m. This will place her in the top fifty nationally when the new rankings are made later this week. She also won the B hurdle event in 12.9 secs.

It was good to see the team field two runners for each of the 800m and 1500m: Katie Lee ran well for fourth in the A race and Carmella Barrett on her debut ran a creditable time for fifth in the B race. Another debutant Gabriella Crowland ran well for fifth place and Lizzie Stables stepped up to score a useful point in the B event.

The Under 13 Boys had some good individual results and were fifth in their section. Alex Milkowski smashed his 1500m PB by eleven seconds; Jack Rushworth made his first appearance of the season and picked up good points in the B race; Johnny McNamara on debut ran an excellent 14.6 secs. in the 100m; Samuel Putt threw a PB in the shot; Logan Putt won the B string javelin and Arron Wilkinson threw over 20m for the first time as a non scorer.

The Under 15 Boys matched the U13 Girls by finishing in third place in their section. Newcomer Asa Fletcher-Snow had an excellent debut. He ran 39.1 secs. for first in the B 300m, which puts him straight into the top forty nationally. He followed this up with third in the shot and second in the B 200m in a time of 24.9 secs.

Hugo Hunt came for experience but ended up taking a scoring spot in the 100m due to injury. He ran a very decent 12.6 secs for fourth in the B 100m. Marley Sarling stepped into the A race and ran 12.2 secs for second place. He was second again in the javelin with a very good throw of 43.64m

Following a lengthy lay-off for injury, Regan Lawrence made his comeback with a new PB of 12.9s in the 80m hurdles. He was then third in the B shot putt and fourth in the A long jump.

James Petty was second in the A 300m and branched out into field events doing discus for the first time. He threw a creditable 22.77m and was third. He also picked up third in the B long jump.

A quartet of Petty, Fletcher-Snow, Sarling and Lawrence combined for second in the 4 x 100 in a rapid 49.2 secs, a time that puts them in the top thirty countrywide. The winning team on the day from Shaftesbury Barnet are currently ranked fifth in the country.

The Under 15 Girls were fourth in their section and just like the boys had some notable performances: Alex Gamzekova broke thirty seconds in a very quick 200m – a race she only ran for a point for the team. She was second in the shot and broke 9m for the first time – her distance of 9.06m will see her in the top 100 – and was third in the discus.

Grace Iyinbor set new PBS in two events. Her 80m hurdles time is now 12.2 secs. and she smashed her high jump best by nine centimetres, it now stands at 1.45m. She was not the only one to enjoy high jump success as both Millie Upton and Abigail Dawson also achieved huge new PBS. Millie has jumped well in training but her previous recorded height in competition was only 1.20m. And Abigail had jumped 1.25m at the last match in Ware. Both girls jumped 1.40m.

Millie’s good day continued as she furthered her long jump, to 4.58m and also beat her 80m hurdle mark. In the longer events Emily Scofield made her club debut and Mackenzie Cranfield looked like she was returning to some form after an injury. Both girls scored important points for the team, as did Maddie Piron in the 1500m as she shaved a couple of seconds from her last outing at Ware.

Alex Gamzekova claimed third in the A discus and a returning Katie Brennan won the B event. The girls rounded off their day with a safe relay crucially finishing ahead of St Albans.

The U17 were under represented once again, not helped by injury to one of only two men during the long jump. Louis Child managed a PB of 5.06m in the event but landed awkwardly damaging his arm. The only other man, Jamie Putt, ran 1500m for the first time and was second in a time of 4.25.4 mins. He ended his day with a PB in the javelin.

There were a few more women present and they performed solidly for fifth place in their competition. Amelia Loveridge lowered her PB in the 300m and set a javelin mark; Louise Owen set a PB for 80m hurdles; Lucy Kemp and Gabriella Bridle were consistent in the sprints and Grace Malcolm ran a strong 800m for fourth. Mairi Malcolm improved upon her previous 4k shot best and Gabriella Bridle increased her high jump PB.

Following events of the week Club Chair, Steve Lott, said; “This has been a fantastic week for the club as a whole and for the individuals who have performed so well. Pride of place is surely Richard Chiassaro’s week. He took Marcel Hug’s European T54 400m record at Notwill and then set a World Record for 800m at Stoke Mandeville on Sunday.

Then we had the news that Shemar Boldiszar has been invited to the international selection meeting at Bedford later this month. He’s certainly put himself in contention for a relay spot at the very least, which is fantastic for him and rewards years of dedication.

On Saturday, Leo Chashchin jumped 3.68m in a good pole vault field at a British Athletics League match for Enfield. His potential as a multi-eventer seems to be developing nicely.

No less significant is the improvement in the junior ranks. Those that we can get out are beginning to prove that hard work and perseverance can see them compete against larger clubs and good athletes. It’s great that so many performances will show up on the national rankings after this weekend. Many congratulations to them all and to their coaches.”

Match result: Basildon 794.5, Barnet 779.5, Ipswich 748, Braintree 423.5, HARLOW 405.5 and
St Albans 403

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