Athletics: Strength in depth at Thurrock Harriers

Thurrock Harriers

Pentathlon – Hemel Hempstead

What a day for personal bests for those who competed in the Open Pentathlon held in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 16th July.

In the U13G competition Nazia Saleen-Carey came 3rd achieving pbs in every event; Pent 1757, LJ 4.02, 70mH 13.1, Shot 5.16, HJ 1.18 & 800m 2:50.1.

Also in U13G:

Rosie Townley Pent1518 pb; LJ 3.63 pb, 70mH 15.0 pb, Shot 5.17 pb, HJ 1.21 pb
Madeline Booty Pent 1289 pb; Shot 3.95 pb, HJ 1.21 pb & 800m 2.55.5 pb
Mille Tredgett Pent 1282 pb; LJ 3.33 pb, Shot4.94 pb , HJ 1.09 pb, 800m 2:56.7pb
EJ Nwachukwu Pent 1262 pb; LJ 3.41 pb, Shot 6.16 pb, HJ 1.15 pb
Emily Butler also gained pbs in every event with a Pent of 855; LJ 3.19, 70mH 18.4, Shot 4.50, HJ 1.09, & 800m 3:22.0
Sophie Matthews U11G in her first Pentathlon came 4th with 378 pts; and pbs in LJ 2.33, 55mH 12.1, Shot 4.33, HJ1.03, & 800m 2:09.4.
Kenzie McCarthy came 4th in the U13B competition with Pent 795 pb, 75mH 17.1 pb, HJ 1.25 pb, & 800m 2:47.8pb
In the older groups Ruby Bridger came first in the U15G with Pent of 2981pts and Sola Taiwo second place with a pb of 2850pts, LJ 4.96 pb,& 800m 2.33.1 pb. Tilly Monk gained 2231 pts pb, LJ 4.43 pb, 75mH 14.5 pb, Shot 6.99 pb & 800m 2:46.2 pb, Chenice McCarthy in her first Pent 1457 also gained pbs in; LJ 3.67, 75mH 15.9, HJ 1.28 & 800m 3:22.6.

Theo Adesina came first in the U17M with a pb of 2791; also gaining pbs in Jav 32.93, 200m 23.1 and 1500m 4:38.5. Daniel Ogutuga came first in the U15B with Pent 2492 pb, 80mH 13.1 pb, HJ 1.73 pb. Ore Adepegba gained pbs in Pent 1915 pts; 80mH 13.4 & HJ 1.64.

Southern Athletics League

Is this the great escape? The seniors won their round 4 match on Saturday (8th) giving them just a chance of finishing out of the relegation zone after the final match next month.

Best individual performance came from Glenn Rawlinson who pb’d in the javelin with a throw of 47m only to lose by a few cms to his Havering opponent.

As always, points winners were Ben Gibbs and back to top form Michael Shortall. Between them they covered a third of the events – a magnificent effort.

The endurance squad was a mixture of experience and youth. Veterans Jon Metcalf and Scott Rice performed well in the 3k and steeplechase events. Joe Logan, Taylor Newell, Sarab Dhillon, Jack Exley and Mason Hambleton produced pbs at the eight or fifteen hundred metres. Ben Prior  competed in the 1500 and achieved  a pb by 12 sec off his time.

The sprinters were in good form and wins came in the B 100m with Jesse Allen and in both relays Liam Chivers ran a great 400 to just hold off his Dacorum rival and produced an even better 200m with a time of 23.4.

Regan Cuthbert had a good day in the sprints and high jump and filled in where necessary in the throws.

In his first season in the sport he has been a great asset to the team.

The highlight of the women’s sections performance in the 4th round of the SAL was the 15 point contribution of Sue Lawrence in the throws. She won the shot, discus and hammer and was second in the javelin. The throws events proved a rich vein for the Harriers with Toyin Olufemi winning the ‘B’ discus and Abigail Pain the ‘B’ javelin. Add Jill Boosey’s second place in ‘B’ hammer and Rhea Starvi 3rd in the ‘B’ shot and the sections total points contribution was an impressive 29 points from a possible 32.

Amber Pollinger was in majestic form in the middle distances winning both the 800m and 1500m comfortably. Brooke Mensah, Lucie Ball and Vicki Robinson provided solid back up.

Rebecca Barnard toiled with much success all afternoon in the long sprints, jumps and hurdles. Lola Omowanile had a valuable win in the ‘B’ 100 and was second in the ‘B’ high jump. Under 17 athlete Jessica Whitbread did well in the long and triple jumps and earned 3 points for the team in the 100m hurdles.

Although Toyin Olufemi’s throwing is a revelation this year she still returned a 13.5s 100m which earned the team 3 points.

Crucial though this result was to the club’s survival in Division 2, it’s only half the battle. The final match, next month in Tonbridge, is essential if Division 2 competition is to be retained next season.

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