The third South West Div 1 League match this season saw Exeter Harriers’ young athletes dominate their age groups once more, the U13 girls and boys and the U15 boys all leading their age groups and U15 girls in second by only a very small margin. Three league records were broken, two of which went to Harriers athletes, with Rachel Champion and Katie Chapman producing outstanding performances.
Champion again came through, winning the U13 sprints double, but this time pushed all the way to the line in the 100 by Lily Clark of Yeovil, winning by 0.02 of a second in 13.33. The 200 saw Champion break the League record with her time of 27.43, winning by over a second in a new lifetime best. Katie Chapman again dominated all three of her events, winning the long jump with 4.51, shot with 8.07 and setting a new League record in the high jump with a superb 1.50, and both Champion and Chapman remain undefeated in their League performances this season. Champion is now placed top of the SW rankings for 100 and 200, and Chapman for long jump and high jump. Harriette Bond had a good run in the 200 to place third with 29.43, Brooke Coldwell also placed third in the 1500 with 5:27.77 and India Leatham third in the high jump with 1.35.
Theodore Jackson Clist picked up maximum points in his three events, winning the 100 in 13.29, the javelin with 32.58 and shot putt with 9.56, with Craig Moncur placing third with 8.58. Nathan Blatchford’s excellent run in the 75 hurdles placed him second in 13.22.
Isobel Pinsky claimed an easy win in the U15 75 hurdles in 11.95 with Harriers team mate Alice Please taking second in 13.08. Pinsky was also runner up in the high jump with 1.50, narrowly missing out on winning on count back, and was third in the long jump with 4.80. Cecily Turner claimed a win in the 300 in 45.44 and Runa Manby was second in the 1500 in 5:11.53.
Sam Gooding is proving to be a new talent coming to the fore with a superb win in the U15 80m hurdles in 12.07, and placed second in the long jump with a tremendous new lifetime best of half a metre with 5.55 in a competition which saw the lead change with virtually each round between the top three athletes. Newcomer Jasper Forsyth was one of those athletes, and with a jump of 5.48 took the third spot behind Gooding. Matthew Petty placed third in the 300 with 40.56 and in the throws Josh Tyler claimed a win once more in the hammer with 29.59 and second in the discus with 24.00, with Jed Dove taking the runner-up spot in the hammer with 27.73.
Anya Turner gained valuable team points with third in a competitive U17 80 hurdles with 11.97 and second in the 300 in 42.82. Florence Livingstone was third in the 1500 in 5:00.39 and Phoebe Killen also claimed third in the 1500 S/C in 5:52.74.
Kyle Hartnell had a good win in the U17 1500 S/C by more than 12 seconds with 5:00.25, and Sam Dove won the javelin in 34.29 and took third in the 100 hurdles in 15.42. Christian Pugsley had a win in the U20 long jump with 6.16, Jevjeni Judin was second in the Senior 400 in 51.80 and Dave Dawson had an excellent day in the hammer and discus, winning both events with 38.00 and 44.04 respectively