Harriers boost their promotion prospects
NENE Valley Harriers moved a step closer to reaching the National Young Athletes League Midlands Premier North Division with a comprehensive victory at the Embankment Track on Sunday.
The top three teams in the division clashed but it was the city club who came out on top with several individuals producing outstanding displays.
Rugby international Harry Wells broke 60m for the first time when improving his Under 17 club record in the hammer and he also set a personal best to win the shot, but he had to settle for second in the discus.
In the same age group Ewan Jones produced a pair of personal bests to record a sprint double and he also won the 100m hurdles for good measure.
Alex Hampson, who enjoyed an excellent cross-country campaign during the winter, has taken that form onto the track and took more than two seconds off Lloyd Kempson’s four year-old club record when winning the Under 13 boys 1500m. Hampson’s brother Ben was also in fine form to win the Under 17 men’s 800m in a personal best.
Emily Maltby extended her unbeaten long jump record for 2010 with a personal best of 4.74m and Kim Coley’s 1998 Under 17 women’s club record of 4.84m could well go before the end of the year. Maltby also won the 200m with a personal best of 26.4. Cara Grys recorded two wins in the same age group as well as a personal best when finishing second in the 100m.
In the Under 15 age group, Lily Hughes completed a pleasing weekend with a sprint double. Having equalled her club 200m record at the Anglian Schools a day earlier, Hughes blasted to a personal best in the 100m.
In the same age group, Jenna Mohan - younger sister of British junior international Robert - won three events in the throws while Emma Hornsby equalled her club record when winning the 75m hurdles.
Ralph Offer made a winning debut for the club when easily winning the Under 15 boys javelin.
SPEED ACE: Emily Maltby.