There were gold medal winning performances and Cheltenham Harriers records for Melissa Bird and Chris Bell-Hartley at the South West Schools Championship in Exeter. Bird added over two metres to her personal best to win the under 15 girls discus with a throw of 34.05m. This moved her up to second in the UK rankings for her age group as she surpassed Annabel Sherry’s club record. The fourteen year old also took silver in the shot with a putt of 9.97m. In the under 17 boys 100m hurdles Bell-Hartley took advantage of the following wind to lower his own personal best and club record to 13.45 seconds. This moves last year’s under 15 English Schools champion up to fourth in the national rankings for his new age group.
Sophie Yorke continued her good recent form by taking gold in the under 17 girl’s 100m. After making use of the favourable conditions to win her heat with a 12.21 clocking to move up to twelfth in the UK rankings, the Dave Warner coached athlete claimed the title in 12.23 seconds. There were also gold winning performances for Beck Phillips who won the under 15 boy’s discus with 36.30m and Mollie Courtney who won the under 17 girl’s high jump with a height of 1.59m. Imran Qureshi took silver in the under 17 long jump as he achieved the English Schools qualifying standard in the long jump. His personal best of 6.44m moves Qureshi up to eleventh in the national rankings. In the same age group there was a silver for Megan Bishop in the 300m hurdles with a 46.71 clocking and a bronze for Harry Mahoney with 2:00.35 in the 800m. In the under 19 age group there were silver medals for Mia O’Connell with 4:48.44 in the 1500m and for Ian Moore with 6.27m in the long jump. Moore also set a 110m hurdles pb of 15.63 in the 110m hurdles.
Just outside the medals in the under 17 age group, but with personal best performances were Dmitry Nazarenko with 9:25.45 in the 3000m, Georgina Gordon with 42.26 in the 300m and Steph Beardsmore with 26.43 in the 200m. In the same age group there were also pbs for Ben Clarke with 11.25 in the 100m, Claudia Ovens with 43.04 in the 300m, Scott Leyland with 4:31.79 in the 1500m, Adam Wheeler with 12.33m in the triple jump and Sydney Sopher in the discus with 28.91m. In the under 15 age group there were personal best performances from Freya Chapman with 12.93 and 26.80 in the 100m and 200m respectively, Ellie Wanklyn with 12.06 in the 75m hurdles, Nathaniel Hatherley with 12.05 in the 80m hurdles*Jamie Worman* with a 1.56m clearance in the high jump and Simon Fraser with 5.28m in the long jump.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.