Ian Allen recorded a season’s best in the senior men’s high jump with a leap of 1.70 for second place as Exeter Harriers came third overall in the South West Cup at Yeovil. Allen’s result will give him a welcome confidence booster going into the British Masters Championships in Birmingham this weekend. Allen also claimed first place in the long jump with 5.69, with James Mclaren recording a PB in the 400 with 55.88 for second and third in the 800 with 2:11.40, and Jevgeni Judin claiming the runner up spot in the 200 with 25.02.
Miranda Hardacre had a good day winning both the senior women’s 200 and 400 in 26.57 and 59.18 respectively, and Anna Rust earned valuable points with a very busy day competing in five events including third in the 1500 steeplechase with 5:47.83 and second in long jump with 3.84.
Todd Allen claimed the runner up spot in the U20 high jump with 1.70, with brother Dominic (U17) competing as a guest in this age group to record 52.19 with the 800g javelin to gain the qualification standard to compete for the senior men’s British Athletics League team this weekend.
Jess Dobson claimed the runner-up spot in the U17 sprints with 13.11 and 27.17 for the 100 and 200, and Ellie Marok started her day with a tremendous run in the 1500 steeplechase for second in 6:16.86 then went on to come second in the sprint hurdles with 13.74 and third in the 300 in 45.54. Harriers dominated the 800 and 3000 with wins for Florence Livingstone in 2:34.7 and Maddie Roche in 11:12.06 respectively, this being a new lifetime best for Roche by 9 seconds, and throws specialist Lily Mills recorded wins in the shot with a fine new lifetime best of 11.23 and the javelin of 30.59, and claimed third in the discus with 17.71.
The Harriers U17 men dominated their age group, Dominic Allen winning the sprint hurdles in 15.94 and the javelin with a season’s best of 57.78, and claiming third in the shot with a fine new lifetime best of 12.14. Connor Cutler was third in the 100 in a new best of 12.66, winning the long jump with another best performance of 5.34 and taking third in the discus with 25.68. Mike Thornton won the 400 in 54.67 and claimed third in the 800 with a PB of 2:13.7, and Patrick Livingstone ran an excellent 3000 to win in a new best time of 9:18.26. Jamie Anderson’s new lifetime best in the high jump was good enough for second and the outstanding performance from this age group was Sam Dove’s win in the triple jump with a new lifetime best by over a metre of 12.38, with Dove also claiming third in the 200 with another new best of 26.29.
Anna-Rose Gabbitass was a fraction off her lifetime best in clocking 13.40 to win the U15 100, and Isabella Hargreaves gained an excellent new best in the long jump with 4.81 for third place, with Lauren Coleman taking third in the 200 in 28.89.
Finn McLear came away with three second places and two new lifetime bests in the U15 100, 300 and 800 with 13.05, 41.83 (PB) and 2:10.4 (PB), and Kyle Hartnell won the high jump with 1.55 and took second in the shot with 7.30. Jed Dove won the javelin and discus with 32.07 and 19.09 respectively, the latter being a new best for Dove by over a metre.
The Harriers U13 girls were unlucky not to win their age group, losing to Taunton AC by just two points, with Lynne Robertson fractionally outside her PBs with first place in the sprint hurdles in 12.81 and second in the 100 in 14.08. Rachel Champion was second in the 200 in 30.86 and Amy-Beth Curtis was second in the javelin with 24.10. India Leetham had a good day with second in the high jump with 1.30 and an outstanding new lifetime best in the long jump by 15cm with 4.09.
The Harriers U13 boys topped their age group, winning four of the seven events in style, with Will Penney claiming two wins in the 100 with 14.48 and the long jump with 4.18, the latter being a superb new lifetime best by 82cm. Lee Dart won the 200 in 29.80, Johnny Livingstone claimed first in the 1500 in 5:12.12, Josh Tyler took second in the javelin with 19.50 and Nathan Blatchford claimed third in the high jump with 1.10.