EYAL Chelmsford

Georgina jumps into top ten ranking

Harriers young athletes put up a great fight as they competed their second EYAL meet of the season against stiff opposition at Chelmsford Athletic track on Sunday 4 June. Team spirit was high as once again many of the youngest athletes continued to impress by taking on new challenges and achieving personal bests.

Notable performances of the day included debut hurdler Georgina Smith who proved she has potential in the event by taking first in the B string in an impressive time of 13.3s – she then went on to achieve a PB in both her 100m to run 14.00s and added a stunning 65 cm to her Long Jump PB to finish in first place. Her leap of 4.67m leaves her ranked in the top 10 jumpers for her age group in the country!  Team mate Zion Ateba, once again excelled in the U13 girls 70m hurdles in yet another personal best performance of 12.6s, in the last year she has knocked 3 seconds off her time! Immediately after her race she then competed in her favourite event, High Jump where she equalled her PB of 1.35m in blustery conditions.

U17 Katie Rice keeps chipping away at her 80m Hurdles and ran a nicely executed race to finish in 13.9s.

In the flat sprints Callum McKay maintained his rich vein for the Harriers by taking a comfy gold in the U17 men’s 100m in 11.3s. Strong opposition from Enfield and Braintree athletes in both the U15 men’s 100m and 200m meant that Graig Anya Joseph, felt the pressure for perhaps the first time in his life, but still managed to bring home two wins and maximum points in both, running 11.5s and 24 s respectively. Training partner Henry Lawes held his head to run two nicely accomplished performances in the U15 Boys B string to reward himself and the club with maximum points in both, running 11.9s and a fabulous PB of 24.7s in his 200m.

Both Anya Joseph and Lawes were part of one of the most exciting races of the day that saw the crowds on their feet as the U15 boys clawed back a spectacular win in the relays. Lawes set up a blistering start with newcomers Harvey Daniels and Jack Banyard displaying good form to bring the baton round to Anya Joseph who stormed through from fifth place and some twenty metres down to dip for the line in a photo finish with host team Chelmsford.  Just one tenth of a second split the top three places!

Definitely one to watch as the season progresses is U15 Kausara Ayoola after making her debut for the green vests in the sprints, where she showed that she has well and truly earned herself a top place in the Harriers squad, running a stylish 13.3s in her 100m and 28.1s for her 200m.  Despite a nervous start, Eleanor Hopgood, also U15, showed that with confidence she could be a very handy 200m runner, claiming a good second place in a time of 28.8s.

Non-scoring U15 Grace Rothwell impressed coaches by running a really positive 800m race finishing in 2:45.1. Milly Presland showed her talent by claiming a good 4th place as a first year U15 girl in the 1500m whilst in the boy’s equivalent U15 Ziggy Lambton once again proved himself as a dominant force to produce another season win in a time of 4:27.7s in a tough competition, well over a second ahead of the second placed runner.  Whilst in U17 men’s middle distances races, Harriers athletes continued their good form when Archie French – showing emerging talent –  and Joseph Boden both brought home good third place points and PB’s in their 800m, as did Max Caulfield and Danny Millward in the longer 1500m.

As well as gaining a new PB of 9.15m in U15 Girls 3k Shot Put, Aliyah Soames claimed a valuable first place, whilst U13 Olivia Simon also increased her PB by 8 cm with a put of 6.52cm.

PB’s gained:

U13 G: Alexandra Bell – Cobbold 1500m 5.35.1; Daisy Bullamore 200m 35.0s, LJ 3.02m; Grace Gardiner 1500m 6.10.6; Rebecca Collins 100m 15.7s, 200m 33.6s; Lois Gore 100m 15.00s, Shot 3.07m & 200m 31.5s; Anna Ritchie 200m 31.4s, 100m 15.5s; Olivia Simon Shot 6.52m; Lily Upton HJ 1.00m, LJ 3.36m & Discus 9.56m.

U15 G: Madeleine Claydon 1.90 PV (PB)

U17 G:  Savanna Harrison LJ 3.96m; Ammaarah Parker Hammer 16.76m; Hollie Speller Discus 13.99m & Jav 19m; Lauren Strutt TJ 9.00m;

U13 Boys:  Felix Ruiz Shot 4.23m; Noah Papley 100m 15.6s & 200m 32.6 s: Tommy Falco 800m 3:06.7; Theo Gardiner LJ 3.24m & Jav 11.86m; Ben Caulfield LJ 2.76m; Pierce Monoghan HJ 1.10m; Shot 5.39m

U15 Boys; Chris Smith 300m 45.00s, 800m 2:23.8 s; Sam Hoffman 800m 2:54.1 & Shot 4.38m; Graig Anya Joseph LJ 5.38m; Jack Banyard LJ 3.24m

U17 Men: Sam Shorter 100m 12.6s & 200m 25.6s; Daniel Jones 200m (equalled PB), 24.5s; Archie French 800m 2:15.4; Joseph Boden 800m 2:15.7; Max Caulfield 1500m 4:23.00; Danny Millward 1500m 4:31.7; Callum McKay Discus 20.79m.

With GCSE’s finished and no half term holidays, Harriers look to enjoy fielding a stronger team for the next meet on 2 July in Peterborough.