Sixteen year old Exeter Harrier Dominic Allen won the South West Schools Inter-Boys javelin title at the Bill Whistlecroft Stadium in Yeovil with a best throw of 56.01, but it was a closely fought competition with Allen eventually taking the title by just 26cm from Ben Dickinson of Dorset. Allen, who is coached by George Eccles, has together with other Harriers athletes, suffered with a lack of technical training facilities this season because of the ongoing refurbishment of the track, but Allen rose to the occasion of the Regional Championships in style. “I was very tired because of the hot conditions and I was a little disappointed as I was hoping to throw a PB if conditions had been better but I was happy to have a consistent series of throws around 55m again.”
Miranda Hardacre battled for the line in the Senior Girls’ 400 and was unlucky to be just pipped into second place in a time of 57.51, fractionally outside her lifetime best. Meghan Whittaker took second place in the shot with an equal PB of 10.21.
Matt Dowell dipped below the 2min barrier for only the second time, with a personal best, to achieve fourth place in the Senior Boys’ 800 in 1:57.74, and Jack Webber was sixth in the 100 and eighth in the 200 with times of 11.47 and 23.51 respectively.
Jess Dobson was sixth and seventh in the Inter Girls’ sprints, achieving 13.21 and 26.60 respectively for the 100 and 200, Ellie Marok was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 48.12, and Katie Olding had a battle for the line and was just pipped into second in the 800 in a new lifetime best of 2:18.85. Lily Mills was third in the javelin with 36.51, a new lifetime best by almost a metre, and Millie Bennett continues a steady improvement in her high jump with a new lifetime best of 1.59 for fifth.
Mike Thornton ran a new personal best in the Inter-Boys’ 400 hurdles of 60.50 for fifth place, Alfie Devine-Wright also ran a new best in the 3000 of 10:03.61 for fourth, and Matt Penney continues to better his times in the 1500 steeplechase with a new PB of 4:47.32. Jeff Angila claimed the runner up spot in the triple jump with 13.12, Ollie Langdon-Wright was fifth in the high jump with 1.79, and Jack Moncur seventh in the javelin with 49.16.
Anna Gabbitass was fourth in the Junior Girls’ 200 in 27.26, having recorded 27.13 in the heats. Olivia Dobson had a good day with third in the high jump with a new lifetime best of 1.60 to place her thirteenth in the National Age Group Rankings, and fifth in the shot with another PB of 10.63, and Isabella Hargreaves was seventh in the long jump with 4.63.
Abe Dellamuro achieved sixth place in the Junior Boys’ 200 in 24.82, a fraction off his lifetime best, and Finn Mclear ran an excellent new lifetime best of 4:21.58 for third place in the 1500.
The following athletes have been selected as part of a 35 strong Devon team to compete at the English Schools AA Championships in Birmingham 11/12 July: Olivia Dobson, Lily Mills, Meghan Whittaker, Miranda Hardacre, Finn McLear, Matt Penney, Jeff Angila, Dominic Allen, Jack Moncur.
Meanwhile, competing for Somerset Schools, Exeter Harriers’ Anya Turner confidently leapt to another new lifetime best in the Inter Girls’ high jump at the South West Schools Championships in Yeovil. Turner claimed the runner-up spot with 1.68 and has been selected to compete for Somerset Schools in this event at the English Schools AA Championships.