Senior Men produce strong performance to maintain status in Division 3.
Exeter Harriers senior men’s team travelled up to Bristol last Saturday to compete in their final British Athletics League fixture of the season. With only a few points separating 4 teams before the event, relegation was still a possibly but also mid table was also possible. However some strong performances in key events lead to the team finishing 5th in the fixture which meant the team finished the season 5th overall and maintain their standing in Division 3 for another season.
Star of the day has to go to Sam Petty who produced three outstanding performances in the 800 metres, 1500 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay, scoring big points in each event. In the 800 metres Sam had a fascinating sprint over the last 100 metres with Peter Richard of Bristol and West to finish 2nd in 1.51.75. Just an hour and a half later he turned up on the start line again but this time in the 1500 metres. Feeling quite fresh he ran a sensibly paced race to finish 2nd in 3.58.49.
In the final event of the British League season Sam joined Richard Scott, Dan Petty and Sam Peters in the 4 x 400 metres relay. Traditionally this used to be one of the team’s strongest event, however over the past couple of years athletes have gone into the relay tired. On Saturday though the team felt quite fresh and clocked the quickest time by an Exeter team for 5 years by winning the relay in 3.20.38, only 1 second slower than the club record.
Just before the relay Matt Smith was competing in the javelin in the pouring rain which is far from ideal as it can seriously affect the run up. However Matt produced one of his best throws of the season in tricky conditions to win the event with a best throw of 66.82.
A big thank you has to go to the Team Manager Sonya Ellis, as without her effort over the last two seasons in rebuilding the team then we would not be where we are today. She decided to blood some junior athletes to give them experience of the big time and see where the future of the club lies. A big well done to Jordan Finch, Dan Petty, Jack Webber and Todd Allen who all made their debuts this season and hopefully will be in the team for many years to come. Next season we hope to build upon the improvement made this year, increase our turnout at events and maintain our standing in the league.
British Athletics League Division 3, Bristol results:
100m: 7th Tyler Johnson 11.14 (A string), 4th Jordan Finch 11.16 (B string). 110m hurdles: 8th Matt Parsley 18.71 (A string), 8th Ashley Barker 27.20 (B string). 200m: 4th Tyler Johnson 22.99 (A string), 4th Owen Styler 23.16 (B string). 400m: 3rd Sam Peters 48.74 (A string), 2nd Dan Petty 50.31 (B string). 400m hurdles: 8th Matt Parsley, 63.67 (A string), 7th Ashley Barker 64.60 (B string). 800m: 2nd Sam Petty 1.51.75 (A string), 3rd Richard Scott 1.56.18 (B string). 1500m: 2nd Sam Petty 3.58.49 (A string), 1st Josh Trigwell 4.00.81 (B string). 3000m: 4th Jack Bancroft 8.44.33 (A string), 5th Jake Waldron 9.18.58 (B string). 4 x 100m relay: 5th, 43.99. 4 x 400m relay: 1st 3.20.38. High jump: 4th Ashley Barker 1.83 (A string), 3th Todd Allen 1.78 (B string). Long jump: 5th Josh Tunstall 6.20 (A string), 4th Ian Allen 5.75 (B string). Triple jump: 2nd Josh Tunstall 13.47 (A string), 4th Ashley Barker 11.03 (B string). Pole vault: 8th Matt Parsley 1.70 (A string). Discus: 2nd Peter Howard 45.97 (A string), 1st Dave Dawson 40.00 (B string). Hammer: 6th Dave Dawson 33.32 (A string), 7th Ashley Barker 17.41 (B string). Javelin: 1st Matt Smith 66.82 (A string), 1st Steve Turnock 62.13 (B string). Shot Put: 4th Dave Dawson 12.69 (A string), 4th Peter Howard 10.75 (B string)
Final league standings: 1st Bristol and West 32, 2nd Kingston 27, 3rd Nene Valley 25, 4th Swansea 16, 5th Exeter 14, 6th Reading 13, 7th Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets 12, Havering and Mayesbrook 5.