Harriers youngsters on track for a great season

Samantha Muchina impressed on her PAC debut.
Samantha Muchina impressed on her PAC debut.
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Nene Valley Harriers young track and field stars made a promising start to the season when finishing second behind host club Bedford in Sunday’s East Anglia Youth League opener.

The Under 17 girls and boys produced the best results of the day, although there were excellent performances from across all age groups.

Under 17 middle distance runner Megan Ellison produced a stand out performance when winning the 800m in a time of 2:21.5, nearly 10 seconds ahead of her closest rival.

Elsewhere at Under 17 level, Lydia Church won the B string shot as well as finishing second in the B string discus and the A string hammer, while Casey Hilliam and Annie Cavanagh won their triple jump events with 9.16m and 8.59m respectively.

The most eye-catching Under 17 boys performances came from Callum Crosby. Competing in the B string 100m, he ran a time of 11.6, which would have gained him the runner-up spot in the A race. He also finished second in the 200m in a fine time of 23.7.

In the boys Under 15 age group, Nene Valley dominated the throwing events with Kai Harrison winning both the shot and discus, and Ethan Martin taking first place in the javelin.

Not to be outdone, the Under 15 girls throwing specialist Hannah Molyneaux won both the javelin and discus by huge margins. Molyneaux is coached by Geoff Capes and is an outstanding prospect.

Other Harriers winners were Dior Harrison, Danielle Pusey, Charlotte Martin, Elysia Costanzo, Macey Carr, Laura Van Lier, Megan Pusey, Oliver Oakley,Daniel Lawrence, Alistair Pitts and Rosie Fresen, who equalled her personal best (PB) of 2:70m in the pole vault.

Peterborough Athletic Club were also in action at Bedford and they too had plenty to cheer.

The Under 15 girls had a clean sweep in the 75m hurdles with Ellie Forrest and Georgie Ives-Lappin winning the A and B races and the club also dominated the high jump with Harriet Fenton taking the A string honours with 1.45m and Georgia Price winning the B string competition with 1.40m.

In the Under 13 girls age group, Samantha Muchina was second in her first 100m race in 13.7 - a time that ranks her in the top 50 in the country.

In the Under 15 boys 1500m, Harvey Hancock smashed his 1500m PB, dominating the race from start to finish, while Luke Dudley clocked an impressive 800m time of 2:16 on his club debut which ranks in the top 50 in the country.

Club chairman Matthew Dalton commented: “All the athletes did very well in conditions that were from ideal. It was great to see the season start with so many PBs.”