Exeter Harriers senior men’s team travelled up to Peterborough last Saturday to compete in the second British Athletics League fixture of the season. After a solid performance at the first fixture in Bedford, hopes were high of improving on the position and the possibility of promotion. However with a large number of late withdrawals and injuries on the day, the team finished 8th overall. Those who did represent the team did admirably well with a number of athletes competing in 5 or 6 events.
The discus was a really strong event for the team with victories in both the A and B string competitions. Pete Howard marked his return to the team with victory with a season’s best throw of 47.13 in the A string and Dave Dawson followed up the result with victory in the B string with a best of 42.70
Matt Smith followed up his victory in the first victory with a dominant performance to win the A string javelin with a best throw of 62.13
A special mention has to go to Matt Parsley (6 events), Ollie Berry (6 events), Matt Dowell (5 events) and Nick Foxworthy (4 events) who filled in for a large number of events where the team had gaps due to a wide number of unavailabilites. Without these men covering these events then the result would have been very poor. The next fixture sees the team travel to Trafford, Manchester with the hope of having a full team available and a much improved overall result.
British Athletics League Division 3, Peterborough results:
100m: 8th Owen Styler 11.61 (A string), 8th Alec Crowter 11.58 (B string). 110m hurdles: 7th Matt Parsley 18.24 (A string), 7th Ollie Berry 27.78 (B string). 200m: 8th Owen Styler 25.38 (A string), 8th Matt Dowell 25.03 (B string). 400m: 3rd Sam Peters 48.85 (A string), 7th Matt Dowell 53.59 (B string). 400m hurdles: 5th Matt Parsley 58.25 (A string), 5th Ollie Berry 66.44 (B string). 800m: 5th Josh Trigwell 1.55.01 (A string), 7th Matt Dowell 2.00.23 (B string). 1500m: 5th Jack Bancroft 4.00.03 (A string), 4th Josh Trigwell 4.02.44 (B string). 3000m Steeplechase: 5th Ollie Berry 10.12.83 (A string). 5000m: 6th James Denne 15.42.72 (A string), 6th Jack Bancroft 17.00.59 (B string). 4 x 100m relay: 8th 60.81. 4 x 400m relay: 7th 3.38.51. High jump: 4th Ashley Barker 1.85 (A string), 4th Nick Foxworthy 1.65 (B string). Long jump: 7th Lewis Burgess 5.93 (A string), 7th Matt Parsley 5.29 (B string). Triple jump: 7th Matt Parsley 11.57 (A string), 8th Ollie Berry 9.87 (B string). Pole vault: 8th Nick Foxworthy 2.20 (A string), 6th Matt Parsley 1.50 (B string). Discus: 1st Pete Howard 47.13 (A string), 1st Dave Dawson 42.70 (B string). Hammer: 7th Dave Dawson 40.01 (A string), 6th Nick Foxworthy 18.88 (B string). Javelin: 1st Matt Smith 62.13 (A string), 5th Nick Foxworthy 39.24 (B string). Shot Put: 4th Dave Dawson 12.85 (A string), 8th Owen Styler 7.29 (B string)
Match scores: 1st Crawley 385, 2nd Nene Valley 326, 3rd Swansea 314, 4th Bedford 307, 5th Trafford 226, 6th Reading 220, 7th Mansfield 217, 8th Exeter 196