Young Athletes EYAL match – Norwich
Colchester Harriers youth contingent took the long Journey up to Norwich onSunday 8th July to compete in their 4thEYAL meeting of the season againstteams from City of Norwich, Basildon, Stevenage, West Suffolk, Team Norfolkand Waveney Valley. Temperatures were touching 30 degrees for much of theday and athletes and supporters were looking for shade wherever possible.The team that took to the Track & Field had been decimated with lots ofunavailability due to Little Mix choosing to bring their considerable talents toColchester as part of their UK tour which has proved quite popular with anumber of our female squad, however despite this the team sheet declared foraction was still strong testament to the strength in depth the youth section nowcontains.Provisional results put Colchester Harriers in 3rdplace with a very respectablepoints total of 460 beating local side Team Norfolk in the process and alsoStevenage who Colchester have now leapfrogged into 12th place in the table,meaning should they remain in the top 12 following the final round of fixturesthey will have made the end of season plate final.Yet again the outstanding performance of the day was delivered by MillyPresland in the U15 Girls 800m won in a club record time of 2.22.7 in a fantasticrace where Milly led out the final lap only to be passed on the final bend by herCity of Norwich competitor, unperturbed Milly held it together and outsprintedher rival for a fantastic win.There were other victories and maximum points scored by Olivia Simon in theGirls U15 Pole Vault 2.50 m and Hammer 34.02m, Mary Olayiwola in the LadiesU17 300m 44.0s and B String Triple Jump 8.57m both new Personal Bests forMary, a 3rd PB was also delivered by Mary in the Long Jump pit with 4.24m. Itwas a win double in the Ladies U17 Triple Jump as Eliza Betts also took firstplace in the A String competition, her jump of 10.02m seeing off her rivals.Not to be outdone by our fantastic female athletes our Male athletes deliveredvictories in the Boys U15 100m B String courtesy of George Lavender in a newPB of 12.2 s, it was a win double in the Boys U15 A & B String 200m with OliverMitchell winning the A race in a new PB of 23.8s and Sam Shippey winning the Brace in a time of 24.6s. Sam also helped deliver a pair of victories in the BoysU15 800m winning the A race in a time of 2.13.4 and a winning distance of half a
straight and was joined by George Mann who won the B race in a time of 2.22.9.Kai Chilvers also delivered a victory in the B String Javelin with a new PB of32.0m. In the Men’s U17 800m Thomas Palmer again led from start to finishwinning the A string race in a time of 2.04.01, not to be outdone Ziggy Lambtonalso delivered a brilliant start to finish victory in the A String Men’s U17 1500msmashing his PB in the process, his new mark being 4.17.4 a super effort in thatheat!One of the reasons Colchester find themselves in the lofty heights of 12thplacein the EYAL table is the consistency of performances across each and everymember of the team, each Athlete striving to better their PB’s and delivercrucial points for their team.There were PB’s for Jessica Scotchmer in the Girls U13 200m of 31.3s and HighJump 1.10m, Hollie Martin-Whymark also setting a new PB in the Girls U13 HighJump, her new best being 1.15m. Grace Kelway set new PB’s on her debut forColchester Harriers in the Girls U13 70m Hurdles with 13.8s, Girls U13 Shot,her new mark of 6.37 beating her last mark by a full metre and completing theset with 13.65m in the Girls U13 Javelin an improvement of over 2metres. DaisyRickwood also set a pair of PB’s in the Girls U13 Discus bettering her previousmark by over 2.5 metres her new PB being 11.64m, Daisy also setting a new bestin the 200m of 34.2s. Lastly in only her 2ndever meeting Georgia Payne set twonew PB’s in the Girls U13 100m 16.8s and 200m 36.8s.The Girls U15s also had many athletes setting new PB’s. A pair of new marks wasset in both the 100m & 200m A & B String races, Lilly Sillett with 13.6s andLauren Roan 14.1s in the 100m with Zion Ateba 28.0s and Raine Tylor 33.2s inthe 200m. Lilly Sillett, Raine Tylor made it a hat-trick of PB’s for the day asLilly bettered her 75m Hurdles with a new time of 13.0s and stretched her LongJump best to 3.95m whilst Raine improved her 100m time to 15.4s and LongJump best to 3.27m . Excellent performances by Madeleine Claydon in the AString 300m shaved over half a second off her PB with a new mark of 44.7s,whilst in the field Mia Farrell set a new PB of 7.20m in the Shot and KatherineHarvey launched the Javelin out to 11.76m in the B String competition takingover 2m off her previous best, and made it a trio of PB’s with 14.7 in the 100mand 15.0s in the 75m Hurdles.
The Ladies U17’s also had a few more notable performances leading to new PB’sMegan Stevens 1.25m and Chanel Mba 1.25m setting new marks in the HighJump. Aliyah Soames set a new PB of 23.30m in the Hammer with Victoria Uttisetting pair of PBs in the Shot 9.48m and 100m 13.5s.The Boys U13 athletes maybe don’t share the same enthusiasm for Little Mix astheir female counterparts as a full side (minus the hurdles) also delivered somegood points for the team, A trio of PB’s being set by William Long with 15.0s inthe 100m, 5.08.8 in the A String 1500m a super performance given the qualityof field and the mid afternoon heat and lastly the High Jump with 1.15m.Thomas Ashley also managed 3 PB’s on the day with 5.06m in the Shot, 10.85m inthe Discus and 5.17m in the Javelin. Harrison Leek set 2 PB’s in the Shot 4.87mand 200m 36.2s. The boys U13 1500m gave the most light hearted moment ofthe day as B String competitor Theo Gardiner having lapped the last competitordown the back straight, had obviously miscounted his laps and took the sound ofthe bell to mean he had another lap, poor Theo only being informed he’d finishedover a minute ago by a kind hearted official once he’d done another 350m! Theohad earlier smashed his Javelin PB by over 4 metres setting a new best of15.93mIn the Boys U15 events Oliver Mitchell followed up his win in the 200m with anew PB in the Long Jump of 4.66m. Sebastien Jacobs set new PB’s in the 300m48.1s and Shot 6.54m, Kai Chilvers followed his win in the Javelin with a new1500m PB of 4.30.5 only just being edged out for a 2ndwin by a few strides.Jack Banyard also set two new PB’s in the Shot 5.82m and 100m 13.6s.The day was finished up with some creditable performances in the 4x100mRelays, the highlight being the super victory delivered by the Boys U15 teamwho won their race by 40metres.The next meeting for the young Harriers is in Peterborough on the 5thAugustwhen Holiday disruptions are hopefully kept to a minimum, The Harriers knowthat if they can beat Nene Valley who they will be competing directly againstand/or hope that Stevenage do not better their result by 2 places in theirmeeting at Barnet that a place in the season ending plate final will be theirs.