Harriers finish on a high at end-of-season finals
Nene Valley Harriers signed off their track and field season with a fine showing in the East Anglian League finals at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
The senior men won their match and were crowned East Anglian champions while the club’s Under 17 men and Under 15 boys were runners-up. Nene Valley’s under 15 girls were also amongst the medals finishing third.
The Harriers tend to use the East Anglian League as a stepping stone for youngsters looking to graduate to the senior team, and the victorious men’s team had a very youthful look about it, with just five athletes over the age of 19.
Gideon Okoh and Callum Winchester scored heavily in the sprints, with Winchester winning the 100m B race in 11.3.
Oliver Bowling won the 800m with a 1:59.5 clocking, and Cipriano Miranda was second in both the high and long jumps
The ever-dependable Dave Bush scored maximum points in the B shot putt and javelin.
Aaron Hunt won the Under 17 800m with Joe Prince first in the B race.
Harry Smith’s leap of 5.24m was enough for first in the B long jump while Tomi Fogunyoye won the high jump with a 1.75m clearance.
The sprints were a happy hunting ground for Nene Valley with Ronan Rawlings winning the 100m in 11.2 and William Hughes and Alex Alcock victorious in the A and B 200m, clocking 22.7 and 23.4 respectively.
Nene Valley’s Under 15 boys barely had a weak link with all the athletes scoring well.
There were B string wins for javelin thrower Charlie Brook, high jumper Sam Staines and 100m sprinter William Kong. Freddie Fraser ran 11.9 to win the 80m hurdles by half a second.
Elizabeth Moorhouse won the Under 15 girls shot, and Roseanna Clark was first in the B shot, while Millie Weller took the B high jump honours.
Nene Valley qualified for the finals in all the age groups, and although the others didn’t challenge for medals there was no shortage of impressive individual performers.
Donovan Capes won the Under 13 boys discus with an enormous throw of 31.94m, while Lydia Church was first in the senior ladies shot putt with a 9.88m throw.
Peterborough Athletic Club’s star all-rounder Lewis Davey won a silver medal at the English Schools Combined Events Championships at Boston.
He amassed a personal best 5,041 points in the Under 17 men’s octathlon to take second spot behind Jack Turner from Exeter (5,207 points).
In the men’s Under 20 decathlon, Nene Valley Harrier Grigorij Kondratovic placed 22nd with 4,837 points.