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Harriers haul in medals and new records at County Championships

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Exeter Harriers were represented in outstanding style at the Devon County Athletics Championships in Plymouth with a total medal haul of 88 and three new Championship records to their credit.

James Mclaren took silver in the senior 800 in 2.06.17, just fractionally outside his lifetime best, and Mark Turner reciprocated with silver in the 400 in 59.01. Throws specialist Dave Dawson won the shot title with 13.15 and gained silver in hammer with 39.87, with Peter Howard winning the discus in 42.85 and Ian Allen winning the senior long jump title with 5.91.

Todd Allen claimed golds in the U20 high and long jump, recording 1.73 and 5.35 respectively, and Jack Webber claimed silver in both sprints, recording 11.48 in the 100 and 23.49 in the 200.

Rebecca Jones claimed the senior sprint double with 13.01 for the 100 and a new lifetime best of 25.68 for the 200.

The first new Championship record fell to Rosie Chamberlain in the U20 400 with an outstanding time of 56.72, with Chamberlain also taking the 200 title in 25.68. Former English Schools 800 bronze medallist Chamberlain stepped down from her specialist event for the day and this superb display over the one lap places her 16th in the National Age Group Rankings. Meghan Whittaker took gold in the shot with 9.46.

Sam Talbot’s return to Devon soil was worth the journey with a new Championship Best Performance in the U17 100 hurdles. For Talbot, last years English Schools U15 hurdles champion, his first run over the new hurdles distance having just gone up an age group, produced a time of 13.60 to place him 6th in the National Rankings. Talbot also won the long jump title with 6.39 and took silver in the shot with 12.00, both performances being new lifetime bests.

Jack Churchill claimed silver in the U17 100 in 11.58, having run a new lifetime best of 11.43 in the heats, and Michael Thornton also took silver in the 400 with a new lifetime best of 54.27. Matthew Simpson claimed silver in the 1500 in 4.33.41, with silver also going to Matthew Penney in the 1500 steeplechase in 4.33.41. Dominic Allen took gold in the javelin with 54.93 and silver in the hurdles with 15.38. Jamie Anderson won gold in the high jump with 1.65. Jack Moncur threw a new lifetime best to go over 50m for the first time in the javelin for second place with 50.73, and also took the silver in the high jump with an outstanding new lifetime best of 15cm with 1.60.

Madeleine Roche claimed silver in the U17 1500 with a new lifetime best of 5:05.33.

Matthew Petty took silver in the U15 300 with 46.31, and the strong middle distance duo of Finley McLear and Elliot Moran claimed gold and silver in the 800 with 2:14.81 and 2:18.57 respectively, both new lifetime bests. Jack Turner again showed great high jump potential with 1.50 for second, also taking the shot title with 8.07.

Olivia Dobson’s excellent U15 shot of 9.65 gave her the gold and a new Championship title, with a win by almost two metres over second place. Dobson, a promising young multi-eventer, also won the high jump with a new lifetime best of 1.53 and silver in the long jump with 4.43.

Theodore Jackson Clist had a good run in the U13 100 to claim gold with 14.05, and Zac Baylis also took gold in the 600 in 1:45.2. Young throws specialist Josh Tyler had an outstanding day, winning gold in all three events, with 23.69 in the javelin, 7.18 in shot and 19.32 in discus, the shot and discus being new lifetime bests.

Lynne Robertson claimed two silvers in the U13 100 with a new lifetime best of 13.90 and 70m hurdles in 13.03. Amy-Beth Curtis took the javelin title with 21.82 and silver in the shot with a new lifetime best of 8.05, and Imogen Congreve claimed silver in the javelin with 10.17.