There were three wins for Beck Phillips as Cheltenham Harriers under 15 and under 13 team finished second in their Midland Premier Division 2 fixture of the Youth Development League at the Prince of Wales stadium. In the under 15 events Phillips improved his personal best in the discus to 36.73m to move up to eighth in the UK rankings for the age group, whilst also winning the shot with a pb of 11.53m and claiming maximum points in the hammer with a throw of 11.53m. Fellow Carolyn Franks coached athlete Melissa Bird also scored good points in the under 15 girl’s throws as she won both the discus with 28.20m and shot with 9.09m as well as finishing second in the hammer with 28.03m.
Ellie Wanklyn finished second behind Bird in the shot to win the B competition with a pb of 9.09m whilst Jamie Worman won the boy’s B competition with 8.85m to ensure a clean sweep of shot victories for the Harriers. Worman also took third in the high jump with a 1.50m clearance and Wanklyn went on to place second in the 75m hurdles in a time of 12.5 seconds. The pole vault brought the team two wins as Georgia Wray set a new under 15 girls club record of 2.15m and Nathaniel Hatherley won the boy’s competition with a height of 2.50m. Hatherley also won the 80m hurdles with a 12.8 clocking. Dominic Biss set a pb of 40.8 for third place in the 300m, a position matched by Freya Chapman in the girl’s 200m in 28.3 seconds.
In the under 13 age group Bethan Samuel was the club’s only A string winner as she won the 800m in 2:38.2. Alex Eaglestone gained two second places as he clocked 14.0 in the 100m and cleared 1.32m in the high jump. There were also second places for Oliver Powell in the 1500m with 4:53.7 and George Williamson with a 4.29m pb in the long jump. There was a pb of 11.0 for Abigail Williams as she took third in the 75m, a position she matched in the shot with a putt of 6.00m. There were also third placed for Rob Worman with a pb of 6.92m in the boy’s shot and for Ella Hordern with 4:27.3 in the 1200m.
By the end of the match just four points covered the top three teams, with Solihull taking the match on 468, Cheltenham second on 464.5 and Charnwood third with 464. This leaves the Harriers second in the league standings on the same league points as leaders Charnwood and with Solihull just one point adrift.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.