U20 and U17 YDL Report, 16 May

The Harriers completed the second match in the Midland Premier Division of the YDL in 6th place. Again they were competing against very tough opposition and were weakened by absences caused mainly by exam commitments and injuries. In windy conditions and despite lacking in numbers, the athletes rallied to cover as many events as possible, securing several promising results and personal bests. For the men Dmitry Nazarenko clinched a fine tactical win in the U20 3000 metres and Beck Phillips won the U17 Shot. Phillips also took an excellent 2nd in the Discus. Elsewhere Dominic Biss again showed his potential in this age group as he took 2nd in the U17 100 metres and 3rd in the 200 metres. George Elliot (U17) and Joe Harper (U20) both achieved personal bests in the Javelin. Jonty Peebles took on a huge workload and secured valuable points as he covered the U17 1500 metres, 3000 metres and Steeplechase. Several U20 events were covered by U17 athletes, where Dan Carpenter secured a personal best of 2.95 metres in taking 3rd in the Pole Vault.

The women also did well to cover the many events, with Melissa Bird having an excellent day as she won both the U17 Discus and Shot. For good measure she then took 4th in the U20 Hammer. The windy conditions made Pole Vaulting difficult, but Georgia Wray persisted and earned good points by finishing 2nd in the U20 competition, and Emma Keane pitched in with 3rd in the U17 event. Stephanie Beardsmore covered a range of events from the 100 metres to the Shot and Triple Jump. In the U17 women’s sprints Rebecca Townsend ran in the A string at 100 and 200 metres, being ably supported at B string by Emily Beales and Olivia Kosylowicz, the latter finishing an encouraging 3rd in the 100 metre event. Amongst a few personal best performances on the day was Freya Lane who took 4th in the U17 3000 metres with a time of 12m 55s.