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EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES FROM SAM GOODING AS HARRIERS FINISH FOURTH IN SW CUP

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The annual SW Combined Cup match saw Exeter Harriers finish in fourth place overall, narrowly missing out on third by just 4 points to Yeovil Olympiads, with some excellent individual performances. Sam Gooding won all three of his events and Dave Dawson, Sam Dove, Rachel Champion and Theordore Jackson Clist each doubled up with wins in both their events, amassing valuable team points between them.

Versatile Gooding, a promising multi-eventer, was outstanding claiming wins in the U15 80m hurdles in 12.15, fractionally outside his lifetime best, long jump with 5.56 and finished the day with a new PB in the triple jump of 11.38. The throwers excelled in this age group, with Josh Tyler winning the discus with 27.20, almost 10m clear of second, and taking second in the shot putt with 9.70, both new lifetime bests, and Jed Dove won by over 6m in the javelin with his throw of 38.21.

The senior men saw Dave Dawson once again claim wins in the discus and shot with 42.74 and 13.28 respectively. Dawson has competed consistently well this season in all SW league matches. Jamie Anderson cleared an excellent 1.85 in the high jump for second place and third in triple jump with a new PB of 11.00. On the track Jevgeni Judin had two excellent second places in 400 and 800 with 53.32 and 2:02.82, the latter being a new PB, and Sam Peters claimed third place in each of the sprints with 11.34 in the 100 and 22.88 in the 200.

Shaun Johnson claimed an excellent win in the U20 2000S/C in 6:32.12, and in the field Dominic Allen took the top spot in the javelin with 49.64 and Christian Pugsley was second in the long jump with 5.99. Sam Dove had good wins for the U17s with a smooth run in the 100 hurdles to win in 15.47, also winning the shot putt in a new PB of 9.48. Abe Dellamuro claimed second in the 100 in 12.21, Fin McLear was second in the 1500S/C in 4:43.24, and in the field Sam Milverton was second in long jump with 5.25 and Jack Gooding did well equalling his lifetime best in the high jump with 1.60

Theodore Jackson Clist took wins in the U13 100 in 13.76 and an excellent 5.29 in long jump, an event in which he is undefeated this season and currently stands in second place in the National Age Group Rankings. Nathan Blatchford won the 75 hurdles in 13.56, Harrison Sime won the 1500 in a new PB of 4:49.99 and claimed second in the high jump with 1.25.

Florence Livingstone claimed two second places in the SW 800 in 2:32.61and long jump with 4.20, Meghan Whittaker won the shot putt with 10.13, Lauren Coleman won the discus with 22.53 and Phoebe Killen took first place in the 3000 in 11:49.43.

Madeleine Roche won the U17 800 in 2:21.65 and Caitlin Apps won the 3000 in 11:08.23, and Amy-Beth Curtis had a busy day with three second places in the U15 throws events with 8.38 in shot putt, 27.08 in javelin and a new PB in discus of 23.65.

Rachel Champion again won the U13 sprints with 13.57 in the 100 and 28.22 in the 200, remaining undefeated she tops the SW Rankings in both events this season. Brooke Coldwell was second in the 800 with 2:33.26, Ella Parke claimed second in the high jump with 1.25 and Abbie Freeman was an excellent second in the long jump with a new PB of 3.96. The Harriers U13 squad is particularly strong and came through winning their relay and topping their age group on the day.