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Small team exceed expectations in British Athletics League

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BAL - Leigh 5Exeter Harriers senior men’s team travelled up to Leigh near Manchester last Saturday to compete in the third British Athletics League fixture of the season. With yet again a large number of late withdrawls, the team were able to call on only 11 athletes.

Nathan Higgins made up for the disappointment of being disqualified for a false start in the 100 metres by convincingly winning the 110 metres hurdles in a new personal best time of 14.65. This was an exceptional performance and set the foundations for the team that they are going to fight for every point possible.

Josh Tunstall had a strong triple jump to finish in his best position in the event for a couple of years in 2nd place with a best jump of 12.57.BAL - Leigh 1

The team had its strongest 5000 metres athletes out in a race for quite a few years and both Jack Bancroft and James Denne performed brilliantly to bring home strong points in the event. Jack Bancroft went off with the leaders and was rewarded with a personal best time of 15.00.90 in the A string and surely a sub 15 minute clocking must be on the card soon. Meanwhile James Denne started off steadier and was rewarded with a season’s best time of 15.39.20 in the B string.

With the low turnout, expectations were low but the men performed admirably to finish 7th overall, which means they are in 6th place in the league with one fixture remaining. A big turnout will be needed at the next fixture in Abingdon to ensure the men’s team are not relegated to Division 4.

British Athletics League Division 3, Leigh results:

100m: 7th Sam Peters 11.35 (A string). 110m hurdles: 1st Nathan Higgins 14.65 (A string). 200m: 5th Sam Peters 23.0 (A string), 8th Matt Dowell 26.2 (B string). 400m: 7th Sam Peters 51.9 (A string), 5th Josh Trigwell 51.4 (B string). 800m: 5th Sam Petty 1.54.59 (A string), 2nd Josh Trigwell 1.55.25 (B string). 1500m: 5th Sam Petty 3.55.60 (A string), 4th Matt Dowell 4.07.50 (B string). 5000m: 4th Jack Bancroft 15.00.90 (A string), 4th James Denne 15.39.20 (B string). 4 x 400m relay: 6th 3.30.40. High jump: 3rd Ashley Barker 1.90 (A string), 3rd Josh Tunstall 1.75 (B string). Long jump: 5th Josh Tunstall 6.21 (A string), 3rd Lewis Burges 5.85 (B string). Triple jump: 2nd Josh Tunstall 12.57 (A string), 4th Lewis Burges 11.44 (B string). Pole vault: 8th Josh Tunstall 2.30 (A string). Discus: 1st Dave Dawson 42.79 (A string), 8th James Denne 9.68 (B string). Hammer: 6th Dave Dawson 37.15 (A string), 8th Jack Bancroft 7.43 (B string). Javelin: 8th Ashley Barker 30.56 (A string), 8th Dave Dawson 27.50 (B string). Shot Put: 5th Dave Dawson 12.34 (A string), 8th Ashley Barker 8.38 (B string)

Match scores: 1st Crawley 344, 2nd Swansea Harriers 341, 3rd Bedford 331, 4th Nene Valley 285, 5th Trafford 264, 6th Mansfield 244, 7th Exeter 190, 8th Reading 177.