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Young Harriers top at end-of-season pentathlon

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Young Harriers Olivia Dobson and Jack Turner triumphed at the Exeter Harriers Pentathlons, with Dobson taking top spot in the U13 girls’ competition and Turner the U13 boys’, each with new lifetime best scores.

Dobson won with 2137 points from Caroline Walder of North Somerset with 2054, and Turner won with 1683 from Taunton’s Andrew Paulin with 1494 points. Dobson was in joint fourth place after the first event, recording a long jump of 4.08, then dropping a place despite a season’s best of 12.71 in the 70m hurdles. A superb shot putt of 8.45 brought her up to joint first and a new lifetime best in the high jump of 1.45 gave Dobson a strong position going into the 800. This is not a strong event for Dobson but she gave it her all, crossing the line with another new lifetime best of 3:05.45 ensuring a win overall.

Jack Turner maintained the Harriers’ domination of the U13 age group, initially finishing second in the 75m hurdles with 13.55 and pulling up to first place with an outstanding new lifetime best of 8.62 in the shot putt. Turner never looked back, carrying forward the top spot with a long jump of 4.28 and a superb high jump of 1.50 which sees him top the South West rankings for this event. The 800 saw Turner finish third in the race but his consistency throughout the five events saw him win by almost 200 points.

Agatha Purser-Mountford was fourth in the U13 event with a new best points score of 2043, including a new lifetime best of 2:54.06 in the 800. Josie Bennett was ninth with 1856 points and included new lifetime bests in the shot putt with 5.80, high jump with 1.31 and 800 in 2:49.00.

Sam Dove was second in the U15 Pentathlon with 1960 points with Callum Short of Marlborough Juniors winning with 2006 points. Katie Chapman was second in the girls’ U11 Pentathlon with 253 points which included a win in the shot putt with 7.40, second in the 70m hurdles in 13.94 and third in the long jump with 3.33. Close behind in third place was India Leetham with 238 points which included a convincing win in the long jump with 3.51. Brooke Coldwell was ninth with 215 points, Imogen Congreve eleventh , Rachel Champion and Grace Flint equal twelfth and Kimberley Vanstone twenty-second.

Ben White took the runner-up spot in boys’ U11 Pentathlon with 289 points including second in the 70m hurdles in 13.31, second in the long jump with 3.81 and third in the 600 in 1:54.7. Just one point behind was Craig Moncur who claimed the third spot with 288 points including second in the 600 in 1:49.4, third in the 70m hurdles with 13.49, third in the shot putt with 5.98, and third in the 60m in 9.7. Josh Cann was equal eighth, Cameron Bryson was thirteenth, Arthur Mountford was nineteenth and Wilf Mountford was twenty-first.

This competition concludes the outdoor season for Harriers but training does continue each Tuesday and Thursday until just prior to Christmas.