IN a tightly fought SAL match at Croydon on Saturday, the Harriers seniors again had to settle for 4th and last place. The scores: Croydon 198, Serpentine 193, Ipswich 178 and Thurrock 168. These statistics tell the whole story.
The athletes who made the journey produced a string of great results but their efforts were nullified by the many gaps on the team sheets. Michael Shortall had a great day. Four wins in the hurdles and jumps, with times in the hurdles events that were his best for a year. Alec Finch notched up two wins in the 800m and 1500m.
In the shorter event his time of 1m57.9s was just shy of his pb. Ben Gibbs took on 6 events, his best efforts were victories in the B 110m hurdles and B shot putt. These were in addition to a 3rd and 3 more second places. In his first season Regan Cuthbert is improving rapidly. His 53.2, 400m outing and a 1.75 high jump are proof of this.
Youngsters Joe Logan and Liam Chivers performed well. Liam produced a great anchor leg in the 400m relay returning an impressive time of 52.1 to ensure the teams second place. Joe provided top class points winning back up to Alec in the 800m and 1500m. Stablemate Sam Smith put in a good shift in the 2k steeplechase to finish B string runner up. Nigel Instance and Glenn Rawlinson scored steadily in the throws.
However in one of the final events of the day the 4 x 100m relay team of Nwaeke Nurabude, Jesse Allen, Yinka Sodipo and Ben Gibbs, won with a time of 43.65s – less than half a second outside the club record that has stood for 30 years and certainly the club’s fastest since then.
On the women’s side top points scorer Sue Lawrence included a discus win in her 4 throws events. Other winners included Jessica Whitbread and Kendrea Nwaelene. In the A long jump and in the B long jump and Fumniye Olajide in the high jump, Jessica’s effort in the long jump was a good pb of 5.38m.
All rounder Rebecca Barnard’s best effort was 2nd place in the 100m hurdles. Another eye catching effort came from Fuminiya Olajide in the shot where she was second with a 10.34m. Natalie Le Beau, Jill Boosey and Toyin Olyfemi made solid contributions, but as with the men their efforts could not compensate for blanks on the team sheet.