NVH dominated many of the field events at the first of the Eastern Young Athletes’ League meetings at Norwich on Sunday (Apr 13), and athletes of all ages from the club performed well in the middle distance races.
In the U15 girls’ events, Casey Hilliam won the 800m A string in an impressive 2:26 and Kelsi Ellis was well ahead of her nearest competitor in the B string when winning in 2:33.7.
The club took second places in both the 1500m and 300m events, with Megan Ellison and Josephine Fortune running well to record times of 5:08.2 and 5:32.3 respectively in the A and B string 1500m, and Casey Hilliam and Kelsi Ellis crossing the line close together in 44.4 and 46.2 to score valuable points for the Harriers.
Tierney Augustine and Lydia Church impressed by winning the shot and discus competitions in style, Rosie Fresen won the hammer event with a throw of 27.94, and Alex Pullen and Jasmine Allen were first in the long jump A and B strings.
In the U17 girls’, Rosie Marshall won the 300m B string in 44.5 and then went onto place second in the 800m A race with a time of 2:28.9. Alice Gibbons did well to take second places in both the high jump and long jump, while Alison Church excelled in the javelin, winning with ease with 27.90.
Ethan Ellison and Ben Roberts ran their hearts out in the U13 boys’ 800m A and 1500 A races, placing second and first respectively. Roberts’ time of 4:57.2 wasn’t far off his national rankings’ topping time of 4:50.4 that he recorded at Sandy the week before.
The U15 boys stormed the sprint and middle distance races, with one of the highlights being Tom Maker’s 25.9 200m B string win, which proved faster than all of his A string competitors. William Hughes won the 100m A string in 12.1, Harry Burchnell took the 800m A race in 2:28.8, and Josh Akinwumi scored maximum points in the 80mH. There were wins in both the A and B string discus events for Kai Harrison and Charles Hughes, with the latter going onto win the javelin A string event as well.
Last but by no means least was the U17 men’s events, with a predictable but still impressive win for Harriers’ star Alex Hampson in the 1500m. He took the race in 4:17.5, a three second improvement on his season’s opener at Sandy and a time that places him in the top 20 in the country in his age group. Bradley Spurdens and Nathanial Taylor also impressed by winning their 800m races, with times of 2:03.5 and 2:14.7 respectively, helping the club to a second place finish on the points table.
The next EYAL league meeting will be at Luton on May 11th.