YOUNG HARRIERS DOMINATE FINAL LEAGUE MATCH AS CLUB TAKES DIV 2 TITLE IN STYLE Exeter Harriers’ young athletes were out in full force for the final match of the South West League as the Club strived for promotion to Division One. The league covers all age groups but because of the Senior Men’s and Women’s involvement with their respective National Leagues throughout the season the club relies on its juniors to push up its points tally in the South West League and this was achieved in style with Harriers dominating the U13 and U15 girls and boys age groups and in particular the U15 boys winning their age group overall with 710 points over second placed Armada Network with 446.
Jack Turner gained valuable team points with two wins in the U13 long jump with 4.14 and a superb crowd-pulling high jump of 1.50. Jed Dove won the javelin with 28.74, more than seven metres clear of second placed Josh Tyler with a new best of 21.54. Harry Fewlass took second place in both sprints with new lifetime bests of 14.00 in the 100 and 28.7 in the 200. Newcomer Anna Gabbitass was the top female performer winning the U13 100 and 200 with 14.00 and 29.00 respectively, and also taking the top spot in the long jump with 4.44. Ella Crouch won the shot with 8.03 and took second in the javelin with 17.39. U15 Jack Churchill achieved a fine sprints double with wins of 11.7 and 23.6 respectively and Owen Coldwell took second in the 3000 in 10.36.6.
In the throws Connor Cutler dominated with wins in the javelin with a new lifetime best of 31.34 and the shot with 10.11. Sam Dove in turn was strong in the jumps with wins in the high jump with 1.50 and the triple jump with 10.77. Madeleine Roche led from early in the U15 800 to win by more than five seconds in 2.31.7 and Phoebe Killen placed second in the 3000 in 12.09.1.
Anya Turner won the shot with a new best distance of 9.93 and claimed second in the 200 in 27.7 and Georgie Fewlass was second in the discus with 20.01. Rachel Underhay won the long jump with 4.53. Ollie Langdon-Wright won the U17 high jump with 1.78.
Harriers’ domination of the sprints continued with Sam Peters winning the senior events in 11.1 for a new lifetime best in the 100 and 22.1 in the 200, closely followed by Jordan Finch who took second places with 11.2 and 22.4 respectively. Jack Bancroft won the 5000 in 15.29.8 and Mark Turner took second in the shot with 8.40.
“After the severe disappointment of relegation by one point last season the news that Exeter Harriers have regained their place in Division 1 after finishing top of Division 2 this year was tremendous to receive” said Godfrey Fry, Young Athletes Team Manager. “The U13 and U15 age groups have dominated at all four competitions – due to high class individual performances and a tremendous team spirit where many athletes entered events outside their usual specialism just to help the team. I must thank all who took part and to the great back-up from those who helped organise the teams, especially Debbie Marok, Kevin Skinner and Tracey Chamberlain.”
Full results can be found at the SW Athletics League website