The Nene Valley Harriers under-17 girls’ track and field team were celebrating after winning the East Anglia League finals at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, writes BARRY WARNE.
In doing so the talented squad completed a notable double after winning the league last month.
There were wins for Katie Calcut and Keira Gilman in the B sprints, with Calcut clocking 13.1secs in the 100m and Gilman 27.5secs over 200m.
Molly Peel dominated the 1,500m, winning in a time of 4.58.0mins with a fine display of front running.
Elizabeth Moorhouse threw 12.90m for first place in the shot and Francesca Fenwick finished as runner up in the high jump and B long jump.
Although none of the other Nene Valley age groups featured in the medals, there were a number of outstanding performances.
Tomi Ogunyoye won the senior men’s high jump with a clearance of 1.90m.
He also took maximum points in the long jump.
Lydia Church threw 10.96m for first place in the senior ladies shot while Donovan Capes won the under-15s shot with a throw of 14.11m as well as the discus.
Jack Griffin won the B discus and knocked six seconds off his 800m best with a 2.10.3mins clocking.
Under-17 Sam Oakley ran the perfect 1,500m race, tracking the leaders all the way and leaving them standing with 250m to go to win in a time of 4.14.3mins.
- The medals piled up for Nene Valley at a rain soaked European Masters Track and Field Championship in Venice.
Andrea Jenkins won gold in the weighted throw with a season’s best 13.90m. Jenkins is also the current European Indoor Champion, and won silver in the World Championship.
Dave Brown won bronze in the over-40s 400m. Despite being false started after reacting to a nearby lightning strike Brown comfortably won his heat as well as the semi-final.
In the final Brown, who won bronze earlier this year in the World Indoor Championship, clocked 51.38secs for his bronze medal.
Julian Smith made his way through the heats in the over-50s 400m, but was eliminated in the semis.