The Harriers finished 4th in their second match of Midland Premier 2 Division in the Youth Development League held at Cheltenham. In the women’s match Mollie Courtney continued her run of good form she raced to a new personal best of 25.9 seconds as she won the U20 200 metres. She then went on to win the U20 100 metre hurdles and high jump. At 400 metres Mia O’Connell set a new personal best of 60.2s for 3rd place, and later completing a dominant run to win the U20 1500 metres. Rachel See took 2nd place in the 3000 metres. Also in the 400 metres Megan Bishop won the B string with a new personal best of 61.1s. In the U20 throwing events Sydney Sopher had an excellent match as she won the discus and shot putt, and then 3rd place the hammer. She was well supported by Isabel Haigh who won the B string discus and shot putt, and 2nd with a new personal best in the hammer.
In the U17 events there were more wins and personal best performances. Sophie Yorke, Freya Chapman and Stephanie Beardsmore combined to score well in both the 100 and 200 metres, with Yorke involved in a close finish as she won the 100 metres. Chapman achieved personal bests in both events. At middle distance Jess White and Jess Peat scored well in the 1500 and 800 metres, with White breaking her personal best in each race. At 3000 metres Ellie Hathaway battled well for 3rd in the A string race and followed up with 5th in the 1500 metres. In the hurdle races Sophie Yorke was 2nd in the 80 metre event, and Ruth Brookes 3rd in the 300 metres. In the U17 throwing events Mel Bird covered three disciplines, with an excellent 2nd in the discus being the highlight as she also set a personal best.
The highlight for the men came from Imran Qureshi who had an excellent day as he won the U17 events at long jump, 100 metres hurdles and high jump. In the latter two he achieved personal best performances. In the sprints Ben Roberts took 2nd in the U17 200 metres, whilst Liam Masters and Tyler Tait supported well, with Tait achieving personal bests at both 100 and 200 metres. In the 400 metre races Harry Mahoney scored a fine 2nd place in the U20 event to record another personal best, whilst Jack Roberts was 3rd in the U17 race. In the middle distance races Jacob Pickering ran an inspired race in the U17 event as he reduced his personal best by over 5 seconds to 2m 5.01s. In the B string Michael Horrocks ran a lifetime best, and followed up with the same in the 1500 metres. In the U20 3000m metres Dmitry Nazarenko took first place in an excellent time of 9m 18s, whilst Ben Williams supported in the U17 event with 4th place and a personal best. In the U17 steeplechase Jacob Pickering and Scott Leyland scored well in both A and B string races.
The throwing events saw several youngsters making their first appearance, and they produced some excellent performances to earn valuable points for the team. Toby McKenna and Beck Phillips combined well in the U17 discus, shot putt and hammer. McKenna’s distance of 33.83 metres in the discus was particularly noteworthy. Ryan O’Connor stepped up to the A string U17 javelin and took 4th place with 31.77 metres. In the U20 discus Linton Gardiner also surpassed his previous personal best, with 2nd place and throw of nearly 37 metres. Elsewhere in the field events Adam Wheeler was 4th in the U20 long jump as he exceeded 6 metres for the first time, whilst in the B string Simon Fraser took 3rd place. Conor Kearns also made an encouraging debut as he took 2nd in the U17 high jump and 4th in the triple jump. Nathaniel Hatherley scored a fine 2nd in the U17 Pole Vault as he narrowly missed clearing 3 metres. Nick Sherry competed in the U20 high jump and placed 2nd in the B string with a new personal best of 1.50 metres.