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SUCCESS AT SOUTH WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR EXETER HARRIERS

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It was a successful day for Exeter Harriers at the South West Track & Field Championships at Exeter Arena on Sunday.

It was a good afternoon’s work for the senior men in the field, as David Dawson won the shot putt with 13.93m and also came fourth in the discus with 42.84m, with Steve Turnock winning the javelin with a throw of 61.02m.

Not to be outdone, the Harriers’ track competitors also performed admirably, with Oliver Berry winning the 3,000m steeplechase by more than 40 seconds with a time of 9.35.14 and James Scarth finishing eighth in the 800m in 2.03.20.

In the senior women’s events, Clare Hodgson took home the gold medal in the 1,500m with a time of 5.15.35. Also, Meghan Whittaker finished second in both the shot putt (10.31m) and discus (24.32m).

In the under 20-categories, Shaun Johnson won the 2,000m steeplechase in 6.26.80 and Jamie Anderson won the high jump with a height of 1.85m, with Christian Pugsley fifth in the long jump with 6.19m and Jessica Dobson fourth in the women’s shot putt with 4.04m.

More success came in the under-17 boys’ category, with Jack Moncur winning the javelin with a throw of 51.31m – more than 17 metres clear of second place. Sam Dove  came second in the triple jump with 12.50m, having also finished fourth in the 100m hurdles in 15.33secs. Finley Mclear was second in the 400m in 59.39secs.

Olivia Dobson was the star for the under-15 girls as she won both the high jump (1.55m) and the shot putt (11.41m). Caitlin Apps and Runa Manby were fifth and sixth in the 3,000m in 11.17.62 and 11.24.49, respectively, Sophie Burden finished sixth in the 800m in 2.35.61, Courtney Howard came 11th in the 1,500m in 5.40.14 and Amy-Beth Curtis was sixth in the javelin with 27.73m. Newton Abbot’s Molly Canham, meanwhile, stormed to victory in the 800m in 2.14.15.

The flag was flown for the boys by Elliot Moran, who was second in the 800m with 2.08.69, while Jed Dove came third in both the javelin (38.16m) and hammer (25.97m), finishing a place behind Josh Tyler (31.34m) in the latter. Tyler was also fifth in the shot putt with 8.82m.

Theodore Jackson Clist won medals on the track and in the field in the under-13 boys’ section, winning the long jump with 5.37m and finishing second in the 100m (13.03secs) and javelin (33.48m).

Fellow all-rounder Craig Moncur finished second in the discus (20.04m), fourth in the 75m hurdles (13.78secs) and fifth in the shot putt (8.08m). In addition, Harrison Sime came second in the 1,500m in 4.50.44.

For the girls, Rachel Champion won her heats in both the 100m (13.32secs) and 200m (27.14secs) while Katie Chapman won the high jump (1.51m) and long jump (4.55m) as well as coming second in the shot putt (7.73m).

Rebecca Squires finished third in her 200m heat (30.18secs) and fifth in the 70m hurdles (13.34secs) and 100m heat (14.59secs), Brooke Coldwell was fourth in the 800m (2.35.45), Imogen Congreve fifth in her 200m heat (31.18) and Abbie Freeman was eighth in the 70m hurdles (13.99secs).