Records fall for high-flying Harriers

William Hughes broke one record and equalled another. Picture: John Przybyl.
William Hughes broke one record and equalled another. Picture: John Przybyl.
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Records tumbled as Nene Valley Harriers hosted the third round of the Eastern Young Athletes League at an unseasonably chilly Embankment track on Sunday.

Nene Valley’s youngsters produced a fine display, winning the match by a handsome margin on a day that saw three new club records set.

Kelsi Ellis in action for Nene Valley Harriers. Picture: John Przybyl.

Kelsi Ellis in action for Nene Valley Harriers. Picture: John Przybyl.

Hannah Molyneaux shattered the Under 15 discus record with a throw of 37.80m. This represented an improvement of over six metres on the previous club best which was also held by Molyneaux.

Lydia Church, grand-daughter of the club’s secretary Ray Church,threw a new record of 41.76m in the Under 17 hammer, while William Hughes lowered the Under 15 200m record to 22.7. He also equalled the 100m club record of 11.3.

The Nene Valley victory owed as much to the consistency of the team as it did to some excellent individual displays, and first place overall was achieved in four out of the six age categories, and close second places in the other two.

In the Under 13 girls events Charlotte Martin won the shot putt with a throw of 7.16m, and Jose Downer scored well in the 100m and long jump.

Harry Burchnell  in action for Nene Valley Harriers. Picture: John Przybyl.

Harry Burchnell in action for Nene Valley Harriers. Picture: John Przybyl.

Amber Park and Josephine Fortune won the Under 15 A and B string 1500m races in times of 5:06.4 and 5:22.0 respectively, and maximum points were secured in the long jump thanks to Jasmine Allen and Olivia Thompson.

Macey Carr backed up Molyneaux by winning the B string discus, while Molyneaux added to her excellent display with the discus by also winning the shot putt.

The ever reliable Megan Ellison was victorious in the Under 17 girls 1500m, and Imogen Woodward won the 800m race.

Other Under 17 winners for Harriers were Rosie Fresen in the pole vault, Beth Denial and Annie Cavanagh in the long jump and Tierney Augustine in both the discus and shot.

Amber Park won the 1500m A race. Picture: David Lowndes

Amber Park won the 1500m A race. Picture: David Lowndes

Priscilla Dadziea won the B string shot putt and Lydia Church added to her hammer club record by winning the B string discus.

The men’s teams performed well with Rio Chilvers first in the Under 17 800m B race and there was a win for pole vaulter Grigonj Kondratovic.

Nandeli Palembe won the Under 15 800m B race, and Charles Hughes produced the winning shot throw of 12.82m.

Aston Strachan won the Under 13 boys 75m hurdles, while George Harrison won both the discus and B string shot putt. Mickley Shaw was first in the B discus.

Nene Valley are fourth out of 28 teams in the overall standings with their next fixture at Hemel Hempstead on July 12.

Match result: 1 Nene Valley Harriers 747.5pts; 2 Chelmsford 665pts; 3 Ipswich 644pts; 4 Shaftesbury/Barnet 622.5pts; 5 Luton 332pts; 6 Peterborough AC 290pts; 7 Biggleswade 207pts.