The Harrier’s Upper Age Group squad had a great first season in the new League in 2013 winning the second division title and securing promotion to Division One. The first fixture saw the Club get out a strong squad again and won it which was a very good start to the season. Fixture two saw us lose a number of athletes and we finished a very disappointing fifth but less than 50 points from second place. At this weeks latest fixture – Round 3 – we were again without a number of athletes but we had new ones to draft in and pulled off a great result in winning the fixture which puts us back at the top of the League with one fixture to go. Everything to play for and another title to win!!
Full Results HERE
Great spirit in the squad exemplified by athletes stepping out of their ‘comfort’ zone and taking on events that they wouldn’t normally do and it is all credit to them. The final event of the day summed it all up with the Men’s 4 x 400m Relay. The squad led off by Byron Abbott, followed by Jake Almond, Connor Makin and then Joseph Howe battled every step. With Trafford bearing down on the home straight of the last leg, Joseph picked up a gear and held him off with a cracking run.
U17 Byron took on the 1500m (2nd) in 4.36.4 and the 1500m Steeplechase for the first time ever, winning in 5.15.8. U20 Joseph took a huge chunk off his 2000m SC PB by 39 seconds to set a new one of 6.48.0. He took third place in the 800m (2.06.0) and then helped out with Discus and Hammer to secure more good points for the Team. U20 Connor won the 400m in 53.4, won the 110m Hurdles with a new PB of 16.3secs, won the 400m Hurdles in 59.0sec and took fourth spot in the High Jump with 1.65m for a great total of points. U17 Jake Almond equaled his PB of 11.5 in finishing 2nd in the 100m then set a new PB in the 200m winning in 23.1sec before storming the second leg of the 4 x 400 relay.
In the Sprints U20 Paul Coffey won the 100m ‘A’ in a cracking race where the first three were all timed at 11.3sec. Paul did not let go and took the tape first. He then took second in the 200m in 22.9, took the ‘B’ 400m Race and won it with 57.3sec and also picked up second place points in the Triple Jump with 9.22m and another great bundle of points. U20 Gareth Johnson placed 2nd (12.4sec) in the ‘B’ 100m then took another second spot in the 200m (25.6) and a seasons best; Sophie Taylor was 4th (14.5sec) in the U20 ‘A’ 100m and Mariya Patel in her first ever competitive fixture ran 14.9sec in the ‘B’. Kayla Masterson set a PB in the U17’s 100m ‘A’ with 14.4sec. James Bamber took second spot in the U17 ‘B’ 200m with a new PB of 25.2 sec and then set another PB in the 100m Hurdles with 15.5sec. In the other Hurdles events, Amber Swinnerton who took 2nd place in the U17 High Jump with (1.45m) was 4th in 50.9 in the 300mH U17 ‘A’ Race and with Phoebe Howe being the only ‘B’ runner Phoebe won maximum points with 53.2sec – Ross Liddle cut half a second off his 400m Hurdle time winning in 60.5 sec in the U17 ‘A’ Race.
U17 Grace Handley went ‘above and beyond’ taking on the 800m (2nd) 2.30.9; 1500m (2nd) 5.09.3 and a ‘training run’ as she put it in the 3000m to win in 13.31.8. Olivia Wilson backed up Grace in the ‘B’ Race with a solid 2.47.8 third place and then in the 400m ‘B’ Race set a new PB of 68.9 in second place. In the ‘A’ Race Jacinta Davison had a seasons best of 69.4 (6th). Joe Campbell set a PB in the 3000m U20 ‘A’ Race finishing second in 10.02.04 and Robert Buckley being the only ‘B’ runner took maximum points with a time of 10.17.0 and the first time he has ever raced over this distance on the Track. Chris Richardson-Dulling backed up Byron in the U17 1500m finishing second (4.55.6) and ran 2.26.7 for 6th place in the 800m. New member Oliver Pearson-Moore – a javelin thrower stepped into help the squad by running the ‘B’ 800 in a time of 2.53.8. Chris Richardson-Dulling 6th (62.8) and Caleb Lee 5th (65.3) contested the U17 400m. Caleb went on to win the U20m ‘B’ High Jump (1.55m). U17 Lewis Jardine ran in the U20 800m and as he was the only runner, his time of 2.21.3 not only earned him a PB but the team maximum points.
In the Throws Rebecca Orrell continued her winning streak when she won the U17 Hammer with 46.95m. She then took 4th place in the Discus with 23.11m and 3rd place in the Shot (9.11m). In the U20 Hammer Rebecca Todd took maximum points by winning with a throw of 33.10m and Jacinta Davison made it a double maximum by winning the ‘B’ Hammer with 15.63m. Oliver Pearson-Moore (U17) had his first competitive League fixture in the Javelin and finished a good third with 30.02m. U17 Olivia Wilson set another PB in the Javelin (U20 event) with 3rd place and 21.19m with Sophie Taylor stepping into the ‘B’ and also setting a PB with 13.33m and Jane Saothong weighing in with a good third place in the U17 Javelin 17.80m.
In the Long Jump there were two 4th places in the U20’s for Caleb Lee (4.89m) and Gareth Johnson (4.62m); Natasha Mols 4th in the U20 (3.83m) and Mariya Patel (3.38m) and in the U17 Jane Saothong 5th (3.62m).
Gareth Johnson earned another 4th place in the U20 Triple Jump (8.07m) with Paul Coffey stepping in to help the team with a second place 9.22m in the ‘B’. Ross Liddle was down on his PB for the U17 Triple Jump but still took 4th place (9.92m). U20 Katie Buckingham in only her second Triple Jump in two years also placed 4th with 9.17m and got herself a new PB with Sophie Taylor in the ‘B’ also finishing 4th (8.16m). Natasha Mols set a seasons best in the U17 Triple Jump with 8.44m and a second place for good points in the U17 High Jump (1.35m).
Mid Lancs Track & Field League Saturday June 28th at Litherland
Not such a good a day as we have been used to recently in terms of the weather and the number of Harriers competing was down owing to other fixtures and races at the weekend but there still some good performances on the day.
Full Results HERE
Paul Coffey who is racing consistently well took the Senior 100m in a time of 11.30sec – with Dominic Bretherton in 4th (11.90) – and Paul then placed 2nd in the 200m (22.9sec) . Reece Philips, just back from injury and dipping his toe into training tested himself in the 200m Senior Race Heat 3 running 26.10 backing it up with a 58.70sec 400m. Brother Morgan Philips finished like a train to take second spot in the Senior Men’s 1500m (4.24.40).
Paul Wilkinson set a PB in the Senior Men’s Javelin (33.51) and son Oliver Wilkinson emulated that with his own PB in the U13’s Javelin (16.83m) and won the event. Paul threw another PB of 21.99m in the Discus. Connor Davison won the U17 Men’s Shot with 9.53m and the Discus being the only competitor (25.03m). Rebecca Orrell once again won the U17 Hammer with 45.34m.
U13 Ben Cecil who has competed a number of times in the last few weeks took second place in 100m (14.2) just one tenth outside his PB and then took another second place in the 200m with 29.20. Not content with that Ben then took to the Long Jump finishing 12th out of the 22 athletes (3.69m). Daniel Brown who always runs with a smile on his face and is a joy to watch ran 5.50.00 in the U13 Boys 1500m.
In the U13 Girls Charlotte Williams ran 15.10 for the 100m (4th) with Emily Warren winning her 100m Heat in 14.70, her first ever attempt at the distance. Before that Emily had taken on the 800m finishing 4th in 2.36.70sec, a couple of seconds outside her PB. In the U13 Girls Long Jump there were thirty one competitors with Eloise Littlefair (9th) 3.97m; Emily Warren 16th 3.72m and Kimberley Keller 30th 2.90m. Eloise LittleFair and Charlotte Williams took on the U13 Girls Discus with Eloise winning (19.58m) and Charlotte 3rd (15.67m) and Eloise winning the Javelin with a throw of 21.39m. In winning the Javelin with that distance, Eloise set another U13 Girls Record which she now adds to the others that she already holds in Discus (25.37m), Shot Putt (9.13m) and 70m Hurdles (12.2).