Junior Harriers in fine form in Young Athletes League

WORTHING Harriers juniors were in fine form in the Young Athletes League and won their second-round competition by 56 points against Lewes and Epsom.

The final scores of the event, which took place at Guildford Spectrum, saw Worthing finish with a tally of 525 points, Lewes 469 and Epsom 252.

With 40 young Harriers competing, there were a number of impressive results and Harriers team manager and sprints coach Steve Spinner said: “It was a difficult day for all the teams with many of our older athletes absent studying for their exams.

“Despite the weather being squally and not ideal running, jumping or throwing conditions, our squad did brilliantly.

“Our win was a mixture of their superb ability and team-work, and athletes willing to have a go at an event that may not be their first preference, but gained us valuable points.

“They are all a credit to the club and thoroughly enjoyed themselves”

Under-13s Emily Marchant and Chloe Rogers led the way with first and second place in the 70m hurdles in 12.50sec and 13.00 respectively.

Erin Bateman finished with a great time of 2mins 39sec in the 800m with team-mate Amelia Musgrave close behind in 2-44.

Sprinter Phoebe Oborne, who is ranked seventh fastest in the country in her age group, stormed ahead in both her 75m and 150m sprints with times of 10.30 and 21.20. Newcomer Bethany Lewis competed for the first time in the 1,200m and ran a respectable 4mins 57sec for third place.

The under-15s were in fine form with county champion Sophie Spinner winning both the 100m and 200m in 12.90sec and 26.70 respectively. Her team-mate Anna Short gained maximum points in the 75m hurdles in 12.20.

Imogen Marshall continued her fine throwing form by winning the shot with 9.60m.

Jimmy Seacombe won his 100m and 200m races in times of 12.30sec and 25.30, while county long jump champion Tristan Martin won with a jump of 4.98 metres in the under-15 age group.

Under-17 Ella Brasington won her 100m, 200m and 300m races, and team-mates Sophie Williams and Cienna Edwards won all their races.

Under-17 men Ben Sunderland, in the 1,500m steeplechase, and Connor Arms–Fletcher, in the 400m hurdles, gained maximum points, and Ryan Smith came away with a new personal best in the pole vault with 3.40m.