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Top performances at Harriers Combined Events

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Exeter Harriers’ annual Combined Events this year attracted in excess of 170 entries, with athletes travelling from as far afield as Gateshead, Peterborough and Coventry. Notably the standards were particularly high in the U13 girls’ competition, with the top four all recording new lifetime best scores and all four athletes conclude the season in the top 10 National Pentathlon Rankings. Isobel Pinsky had a superb day, taking overall fourth place with 2443 points, and just 10 points behind third. Pinsky recorded new lifetime bests in the long jump (4.31), shot putt (6.15)and 800 (2:34.56) and places eighth in the National Rankings.

The U11 girls also saw a high standard of performances, with Katie Chapman, the overall winner, smashing the Exeter Harriers all time club record to score 297 points. Chapman convincingly won the shot by over two metres (8.45), the hurdles(13.14) and the long jump (3.73). Fellow Harrier Abbie Freeman was third with 255 points, achieving a good position in each of the five events. Josh Cann also had a consistently good day winning the U11 boys with 271 points, claiming second place in a fast 600 (1:57.51) and third in the 60 (9.93). Saul Jackson Clist took the runner-up spot with 261 points, achieving second place in the shot (6.44) and long jump (3.46).

Anya Turner, following on from her seventh place in the U17 heptathlon at the English Schools Combined Events Championships the previous weekend, competed in the one-day heptathlon and in relaxed mood took the runner-up spot with 3755 points, including a PB in shot (10.50), a win in the high jump (1.63) and second place in the hurdles, shot putt, 200 and 800.

Jack Moncur had an outstanding day, recording new lifetime bests in all five events in the U17 pentathlon, taking first place in the long jump (5.55), second in shot putt (10.62) and high jump (1.63). Sam Dove also saw PBs come thick and fast with overall third place and a win in high jump (1.66) and second in long jump (5.37) and 400 (57.10).

Ian Allen won the Senior Pentathlon with 3331 points, including a good season’s best of 1.72 in the high jump.