With Nene Valley Harrier's senior team riding high in the national leagues, their youngsters were eager to show that the clubs future is in safe hands. This was achieved when The Harriers took a superb 2nd place in a highly competitive Eastern Young Athletes League match at the city's embankment track on Sunday.
With two of the strongest clubs in the league, Havering and Stevenage amongst the opposition, and the Lincolnshire track and field championship taking place on the same day coach, Russ Prosser, knew that this would be a tough examination of his squads strength in depth. Prosser was delighted with the response that the spirited youngsters delivered, finishing a close second to Stevenage.
Nene Valley recorded overall victories in both the boys and girls under 17 categories, with athletes being willing to take part in multiple events to assist the club's cause.
Alistair Pitts and Luke Fidler won maximum points between them in the triple and long jumps, and both athletes also gained valuable points in track events. Nathanial Taylor won the 800 metres by a hairs breadth, whilst Oliver Bowling's 1500 metres time of 4:17:00 saw him first over the line by the huge margin of 15 seconds.
Lydia Church won the under 17 girls hammer with a fine throw of 36.90, and Rosie Fresen earned Nene Valley maximum points in the pole vault. The 1500 metres 'A' and 'B'races were won by Megan Ellison and Beth Goymour. This double victory was part of an unprecedented feat by Nene Valleys middle distance runners, who gained maximum points in the 1500 metres across all the girls age groups. Flo Brill and Calypso Priestly were winners in the under 13 1500 metres races and this achievement was equalled by Amelia Monaghan and Josephine Fortune for the under 15's.Amber Park took the houours in the under 15's 800 metres with Elysia Constanzo doing the same in the pole vault.
The under 13 boys finished second in their category, Consistency being the name of the game, with athletes scoring well across many events. Luke Taylor won the under 15 boys Javelin, and Kai Harrison was second in the shot putt and hammer.
Nene Valley, who host the next fixture on June 14th, currently lie 5th out of 28 teams in the league table.