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Ladies move up to third in UK Women’s League

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UKWL - StevenageExeter Harriers ladies team maintained their good start to the season by coming fifth in their second league match, moving up from fourth to third in the league, and only seven points away from finishing third it was a close match in which Harriers led the match in the early stages.

Exeter had their best turn out on the track for two years but were missing a couple of key athletes in the field events which proved crucial to the final result.

Rebecca Chapman was the outstanding athlete of the day with two wins in the long jump and the 100 and second in the javelin with a superb PB of 36.65m. In the long jump just 5cms separated her worst and best jumps, with Chapman winning with 5.91m in a close competition.

Sarah Kearsey made her debut for the team with an excellent third in the 400 hurdles, just a shade off her PB with 64.8. She also won the 100 hurdles B string and came sixth in the 200.

Emily Weeks travelled down from Sheffield and ran a well paced 800, pulling away on the second lap to win in 2:15.24.

Catherine Harman expected to run the 800 and 1500 but ended up running the 3000 as well after Anna Rust was unable to take part in the match. This was a tough combination given it was quite a hot afternoon, nevertheless she scored valuable points with fifths in both the 800 and 1500 and fourth in the 3000.

Rebecca Jones was up against strong competition in both short sprints but did well to get third and sixth in the 100 and 200 respectively. She also came sixth in the 100 hurdles A string.

Exeter scored well in the 400. In the A string, Rosie Chamberlain paced her race well and came through very strongly in the home straight to win in 56.78s and in the B string Miranda Hardacre also came through strongly at the end but had to settle for second place with 58.96.

Rosie also ran the 1500 later in the afternoon and found herself in a high quality race, and was pulled along to a good time of 4:51.04 in fourth place.

Lucy Smith once again had a busy afternoon in the throws and despite a hand injury came second in the javelin B string with 33.97. She also came fifth and seventh in the hammer and discus respectively.

Maria Brett also had a busy afternoon doing three throwing events, with second again in the Hammer A string with an excellent 44.54 and  fifth and seventh in the shot and discus respectively.

Katherine Humphreys ran the B 400 hurdles for the first time for fourth, also competing in the 3000 and triple jump for a hat-trick of fourth places.

Sara Geary started off the afternoon with a second place in the B string long jump with 5.12, but unfortunately aggravated a foot injury which ruled her out of the high jump but gained a PB of 9.79m in the shot putt A string for third place.

In the 4×100 relay Chapman, Jones, Kearsey and Weeks teamed up for fifth place, and in the 4×400 Hardacre, Jones, Weeks and Chamberlain did not disappoint, just missing breaking the 4 min barrier by one hundredth of a second for third, placing them 29th in the UK rankings.

This result maintained the good start to the season, and a realistic target for the final match at Liverpool in July would be to secure third place in the league.

Match 2 Result

1. Bedford                     213
2. Harrow                      209
3. Belgrave                   189
4. Herts Phoenix           183
5. Exeter Harriers          182
6. Leeds                       168
7. Liverpool                  146

League Positions after 2 matches

1. Bedford            16      431
2. Harrow             14      420.5
3. Exeter Harriers  9        366
4. Herts Phoenix   9        355
5. Belgrave          9        344.5
6. Liverpool          8        334
7. Leeds              5        311