Mollie Courtney claimed two club records and moved up to sixth in the under 17 UK high jump rankings as Cheltenham Harriers under 17 and under 20 team finished sixth in their Midland Premier Division match of the Youth Development League in Cardiff. Courtney won the high jump as she added one centimetre to her previous personal best with a 1.71m clearance to claim the outright women’s club record that she had previously shared. The sixteen year old also won the triple jump in a club under 17 record of 10.69m to move up to 33rd in the national ranking for the age group. Unsurprisingly, the English Schools 80m hurdles silver medallist also won her hurdles race in 11.9 seconds.
Further success in the under 17 age group came as Linton Gardiner won the 100m hurdles in 13.92 seconds as well as placing third in both the long jump with 6.02m and discus with 31.74m. There were second places for Sophie Yorke with a 12.99 clocking in the 100m and Jack Roberts with 11.21m in the triple jump, whilst Ryan Ellis took third in the javelin with a throw of 42.24m. Success for under 17 athletes competing in the under 20 events came from Stephanie Beardsmore who placed third in the 200m in 27.1 seconds and Phoebe Hobbs who won the 800 B race in a personal best of 2:31.17 before taking maximum points in the 1500m steeplechase in 6:05.16
In the under 20 age group Mia O’Connell won the 1500m in 4:46.64 despite having already placed third in the 400m A race in a personal best of 60.48 seconds. In the 400m B race Harriet Sawle placed first with a 63.07 clocking. Rhys Park finished second in the 3000m in 8:50.57 having already ran a pb of 2:00.00 for fourth place in the 800m. In the throws Annabel Sherry produced a season’s best of 12.88m for second in the shot and threw 31.74m for third in the hammer whilst Will Sage finished third in the javelin with 42.05m.
For further Harriers performances see the full results