Athletics: British University success for Harlow AC’s Beth
Athletics / Mon 9th May 2022 am31 07:39am
CHELMSFORD was the venue over Bank Holiday Weekend for the British Universities Championships. (BUCS) Harlow AC athlete, Beth Harryman, competed in the colours of her university, Loughborough. Harryman was selected for both the Long Jump and High Jump and there were two strong fields for both competitions.
Saturday began with fifty-five competitors, who had all achieved the entry standard, in the Long Jump. The format for the elimination round saw each competitor have three jumps, with the top twelve being taken through to the final. Harryman earned a spot in the finals.
Unlike the rest of her competitors, she did not have the luxury of a rest day on Sunday as she was also in High Jump action. There were thirty athletes who had made the qualification standard and once more Harryman was required to jump her way into the top twelve. She duly did so and then made the most of the rest she could achieve as the Finals’ Day programme was very unforgiving. Perhaps not anticipating duel jumpers, the timetable for both events was very close together. Harryman, literally, had to set up her markers for approaches and then make her way between both competitions.
Whilst she did not make the podium in either event, she finished ninth in the High Jump, with a best jump of 1.65m, and was tenth in the Long Jump. Her best on this occasion was 5.25m. She was the only heptathlete to make both finals and her performances will certainly keep her in the minds of selectors as they ponder teams for age group championships, summer internationals and The Commonwealth Games. Harryman does now have a week to rest before heading off to warm-weather training with a group of Loughborough and England heptathletes.
Well done Beth👍