Mollie Courtney equalled the Cheltenham Harriers senior women’s high jump record as she took the bronze medal in the South West Schools Combined Events Championship in Exeter. Competing in the under 17 age group, the Dave Warner coached athlete started the competition by placing second in her specialist 80m hurdles in a wind assisted 11.58 seconds. Courtney then won the high jump competition with a 1.70m clearance that added 1cm to her personal best and moved her into the overall lead. The height also moved the 15 year old up to equal sixth in the UK rankings for her age group. Further personal bests of 7.20m in the shot and 26.47 in the 200m the Courtney retained the lead at the end of the first day. With her three best events on the opening day of competition it was always going to a tough task to remain in the lead and a 4.87m long jump saw the Cheltenham athlete drop to second place. Despite a personal best of 19.77m in the javelin she slipped to bronze medal position with just the 800m remaining. A pb of 2:43.56 was enough to finish third overall with a personal best final score of 4160 points.
There was also an excellent bronze medal for Nathaniel Hatherley in the under 15 boys pentathlon. The young Harrier opened his competition with second place in the 80m hurdles in a wind assisted personal best of 11.94 seconds before putting the shot 7.77m. This put Hatherley in third place overall, a position he retained for the rest of the contest thanks to a 5.02m long jump and a pbs of 1.55m in the high jump and 2:19.25 in the 800m for a final score of 2338 points. In the under 15 girls pentathlon Ellie Wanklyn finished sixteenth with a score of 2133 points. The thirteen year old ran 12.13 in the 75m hurdles, putt the shot 7.44m, set a 1.30m pb in the high jump, recorded 4.11m in the long jump and ran an 800m pb of 2:59.66.