Harriers Under 20s Clinch
Third Spot in National Junior Athletic League
In a blustery wind and dodging
the heavy showers, Ipswich Harriers Under 20 Men and
Women successfully completed their season in the National Junior Athletic
League at Cambridge on Sunday.
The host club of Team Cambridge
fielding athletes from a group of four clubs in Cambridgeshire won the meeting
and headed the Thames Division after the four fixtures. They go forward to
contest the promotion match, hoping for a place in the Southern Premier
Division. They were pushed all the way by a very strong Basildon
team. Ipswich Harriers finished in third place ahead of Bedford,
London Heathside, Colchester and Tendring, St.
Albans and Watford.
men competed excellently on the day, filling all events other than the very
technical High Hurdles and Pole Vault. Good points were scored by a posse of
Under 17 year old men. They were headed by Joe Bloomfield who took 2nd
place in the Shot, 3rd in the Discus and 4th in a very
strong Hammer contest. In each event, Bloomfield
was throwing heavier implements than would be normal for his age group. Nathan
Hanley, Long Jumped to 3rd place was 4th in the High Jump
and 5th in the A string Javelin. Latif Bolukbasi took 5th
place in the B string Javelin and was 2nd in the B string High
Jump. On the track Daniel Traynor took 4th place in the A 100
metres whilst Will Goldsmith was 4th in the B race and 5th
in the A 200 metres. Joining the older age group for experience saw Sam
Clarke and Jarred Holmes running 100m and Long Jumping as non- scorers. Holmes
completed his day by joining the older guys to make up the 4 x 400m relay.
Brothers Daniel and Elliot Palmer with Andrew and Chris Rooke covered the
middle distance events including 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 2000m Steeplechase. All
scored well but Andrew Rookes 3rd place in the A 3000m and Chris Rookes 2nd place in the
B 3000m and 3rd in the A 2000m steeplechase were exceptional. The
success of these Under 17s gives an air of expectation of good things to come
for Harriers in this League.
men Graham and Chris Pattle, Tom Tica, Jamie Dines and Phil Brown covered
several events each. Chris Pattle was placed 2nd in the A 400m
hurdles and Phil Brown 2nd in the B Long Jump whilst Graham Pattle
took 3rd place in the B 200m, Jamie Dines 3rd in the
B 2000m Steeplechase and Tom Tica 3rd in the B 400m.
In the Womens section the loss
of Katie Sealy to the South of England, Combined Events Championship and others
on holiday or injured, meant competition was always going to be a struggle.
Nevertheless, Ipswich Harriers Junior Women are noted for their determination.
1st places went to Nicole Sadler in the 100m and 200m A races,
Hayley Todd in the A 400m hurdles and B High Jump, Kerry Dixon in the B
400 hurdles and Kerry Fuller in the B100m Hurdles. Todd also finished in 2nd
place in the A 100m hurdles and A Triple Jump and in 3rd place
in the B Hammer. Dixon was 2nd
in the B 200m and 3rd in the A High Jump and in the B Javelin.
Fuller was placed 2nd in the A Discus and A Shot and 4th
in the A Hammer. Completing the Womens team were Under 17s, Alice Simpson
who took 2nd place in the A 800 metres and 3rd in the
B Triple Jump and B Discus and Amanda Woby finishing in 2nd place in the B 100m, 3rd
in the A Javelin and 4th in the B Shot.
The day was completed with the
announcement that female Athlete of the Match was awarded to Nicole Sadler for
her Grade 2 time of 25.1 seconds whilst winning the 200 metres.