Mollie Courtney was in excellent form to move to the top of the UK under 17 80m hurdles rankings as the Harriers under 20 and under 17 team placed sixth in their opening Youth Development League match of the Midland Premier Division in Birmingham. The Dave Warner coached athlete broke off from her high jump competition to win the 80m hurdles in an excellent time of 11.6 seconds despite running into a headwind of 2 metres per second. Courtney then returned to the high jump where she cleared a personal best 1.67m which also placed her seventh in the national ranking lists. To complete a successful afternoon Courtney also won the triple jump with a club under 17 record and pb of 10.51m
The only other two Harriers wins of the afternoon came in the under 17 men’s middle distance races where Harry Mahoney won a tactical 1500m in 4:23.0 and Matthew Crew took maximum points in the 3000m with 9:50.3. In the same age group Imran Qureshi placed second in both the long jump with 5.90m and the pole vault with a clearance of 2.90m. There were also second places for Ben Clarke with 23.5 seconds in the 200m and Megan Bishop in the 300m hurdles with a 47.3 clocking. In the under 20 events Annabel Sherry finished second in both the shot with 11.97m and hammer with 35.22m, whilst there were also second places for Emily Pascoe with a time of 15.82 in the 100m hurdles, Rhys Park with 8:53.3 in the 3000m and Tom Stubbs with a height of 2.90m in the pole vault.
For further Harriers performances see the full results