Athletics: Harlow AC place an impressive second at Lee Valley

Athletics / Tue 18th Jun 2019 am30 07:16am


SAL Division 3 North Match 3, Lee Valley 16 June

Braintree were the hosts for the third match in the Southern Athletic League for Harlow. However, due to the cage at Braintree not meeting the latest and more stringent safety specifications, the match was hastily switched to Lee Valley.

It was another excellent day for Harlow’s senior team as they finished second in the match, behind a strong Thurrock team and beating a Herts Phoenix team looking to return to Division Two at the first time of asking.

The day began with 400m hurdles and Teale Cunningham and Glen Paxman got the day off to a good start for the men. Teale was second in the A race and Paxman won the B race. There was no such momentum for the women as regular hurdlers were missing due to exams.

On the field men’s shot and women’s hammer were underway. Carl Paxman was fourth in the A competition and Glen returned from the hurdles to take second in the B event. Harlow’s sole woman competitor was Dawn Jones, making a welcome to return to the team following a fall Fell Running in the off-season.

Next on track was the 100m. Marley Sarling was making his senior debut and finished third in the A race in a time of 12.0 seconds. This was a hugely impressive feat for the youngster up against some experienced athletes and a strong headwind. Benison George was fourth in the B race, while Lucy Kemp and Mackenzie Cranfield were both fifth in the two women’s races.

Meanwhile, on the field there was jumping action, high jump for men and long jump for women. In the high jump there was a win double as Leo Chaschin and Teale Cunningham dominated the A and B competitions. Beth Harryman jumped well for second in the long jump. 5.42m was a high quality jump and was noted amongst the top ten female performances on the day. Millie Upton was also second in the B competition, just short of her best performance.
Back on track it was the turn of the long sprinters and the first of the endurance races. Breanna Phillip and Mackenzie Cranfield were fourth and second respectively in the women’s 400m and there were two excellent performances in the men’s races: Harry Woodall was third in the A race and James Petty was first in the B race. His time of 51.77s was only just outside of his best and the second fastest time of the day.

In the 800m that swiftly followed there was a welcome return to Harlow colours of Sharon Wright. She was second in the A race and this was matched by Grace Malcolm in the B race. The men’s race saw a longer distance runner and a sprinter filling in for points. To their credit, Donald Campbell and Asa Fletcher-Snow both finished fourth to pick up six valuable points.

In the field the men and women jumpers rotated from horizontal to vertical jumps and vice-versa and javelin and discus action got underway. Millie Upton jumped 1.45m to secure third in the A high jump and Dawn Jones was also third in the B jump. Leo Chaschin was second with a new PB in the long jump that now stands at 6.78m. Regan Lawrence was fourth in the B jump with a best leap of 5.38m. Breanna Phillip was fifth in the women’s discus and Jess Nicholls secured third place and four team points in the B throw. The brotherly rivalry continued in the javelin and Carl bettered Glen Paxman’s performance by taking third in the A throw. Glen was second in the B competition.

Track action turned to 1500m action and 200m sprinting, whilst on the field a combined pole vault competition took place. Jamie Putt was second in the 1500 just outside his PB and Carl Paxman was fourth in the B race. Grace Malcolm and Lucy Kemp were fourth in both women’s races.

Dawn Jones cleared the minimum height for a point in the women’s pole vault and Leo Chaschin and Glen Paxman were both second in the men’s event. The real story, however, was the height that Chashchin cleared as he finally went over 3.90m to further improve the club record and his own PB.

Sarling and George were fourth and fifth in the men’s 200m races and Upton and Kemp picked up fourth and third for the women. At the conclusion of the sprints the 5000m for men and 3000m for women took place. Adrian Fell made his club debut and ran well for fifth in a keenly fought A race. Campbell was fourth in the B race. Sharon Wright was the club’s sole competitor in the long women’s race and was first.

The final rotation on the field saw the reverse of the discus and javelin and the triple jump. The men’s discus was notable for the return of Dave Bauer who has not made an appearance since injury curtailed his last season. His throw of 35.74m was good enough for fourth place in the A event. Glen Paxman was third in the B throw. In the women’s javelin Beth Harryman was sixth and Breanna Phillip fifth in the B throw.

The triple jump was a high quality affair that saw Chaschin win with yet another new PB as he jumped 13.04m. Regan Lawrence also set a new PB as he jumped 12.04m for victory in the B competition. Dawn Jones and Jess Nicholls were both third in the women’s events.

The final action of the day was the relays interspersed with the steeplechase. In the 4 x 100 the women were third and the men won in a very quick 44.4s. Donald Campbell was second in the A race and Glen Paxman second in the B race. Grace Malcolm was the winner in a single women’s race. The women’s 4 x 400 was third and the men’s team ran powerfully for first place in the men’s event.

At the day’s end club chair, Steve Lott, said; “Today has been a good day and I’m so grateful that people switched their plans and made it to the change of venue on a change of date. Such commitment is appreciated and reaps its rewards as we beat some fancied teams today and ran another contender for promotion very close.”

Thurrock 311.5, HARLOW 297, Herts Pheonix 258.5, Braintree 163, Enfield 160, West Suffolk 93

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