Harriers excel at County Track Championships
Written by Track Man
There were some great performances by Harriers as part of the combined Yeovil & Wells team competing at the annual County Track & Field championships. When the final scores are tallied we anticipate being the top team once again, but we
report here on individual successes of some of our Monday & Tuesday training group members..
The Championships were held over two days at Yeovil Arena on the weekend of May 12th & 13th and conditions were good with reasonable fields at events on the Saturday in particular. A number of the Harriers Monday or Tuesday training groups were in action – some making their debut at these Championships, and juniors in particular using the event as some preparation for the forthcoming Area & County Schools competitions. The Club Chairman was on hand to make
several medal presentations on behalf of the County, and the entire event was well organised and superbly officiated as ever.
In the u13 age category and making their debut was Lucy Baldwin who gained Gold in the 1500m race with her 5.08 clocking; Joe Heath who gained Silver at the same distance with his 5.25; and Dylan Dukes (a Year 6 athlete) who gained Bronze with his 2.47 over 800m. Dylan also went on to compete at the Long Jump, and was 8th in that. Lucy, Joe & Dylan have all been coached by Graham, Goldsmid on Monday nights, with Lucy now making the step up to Tuesday sessions.
Also making their debut was a couple of our Monday night sprints group, ably coached by Al Thorner. Sols Chadwick ran a pb at both 100m and 200m, coming 3rd in his 100m heat to gain a place in the final, and finishing 4th fastest at the u15 final. He also finished 6th in the 200m final. Best times were 13.15 and 28.49, respectively - both are pbs. In the next age group
up, Charlotte Sullivan who has been training with us for well over a year excelled in both the 100m & 200m finishing 4th in both with 13.27 and 27.84.
In the traditional middle distance events at which the Harriers excel, there was as usual some great running. U15 boy Mark Bailey was 6th in the 1500m with 4.41, whilst Oliver Dickinson was 8th in 4.56, but is a year younger than most of those ahead of him. Oliver’s brother, Matthew, was 1st in the u17 3,000m and just outside the qualifying time for the English Schools with
his 9.01. Like Prior was 1st for the u15 boys in the same distance with his 10.00 clocking. Sam Bedford was 1st in an excellent 800m race, clocking 1.56 which is a great omen so early in the season.
For the girls, Emily Smith wan a steady 4.54 for Gold in the u17 women’s 1500m; whilst Emily Smith won silver in the same event, following up her previous day’s effort of Bronze in the 800m with her 2.40 clocking.
For the seniors, Katrina Prior was 2nd in the Senior women’s 300m with 12.04; and hubby Simon went one better in the 2000m Steeplechase, the day after running in the Veterans team at Birmingham
Track & field opportunities continue apace over the summer with Harriers age 11 and upwards needing to contact team managers to alert them to their availability for the various League matches: British Men’s League (Div3); Southern Women’s
& Men’s Leagues; SW League Div. 1(all ages); and National Young Athletes League. All fixtures as shown on calendar