Will Sage set a personal best to win the javelin as Cheltenham Harriers under 20 and under 17 team finished sixth in their Midland Premier Division of the Youth Development at the Prince of Wales Stadium. Competing in the under 20 event Sage threw 49.96m to add over a metre to his previous best and move up to 26th in the UK rankings for his age group. Further success in the under 20 throws came as Annabel Sherry won the shot with 11.90m, placed second in the hammer with 36.76m and finished third in the discus with a season’s best of 32.38m. On the track the 400m provided a Harriers double with Yesper Adams winning the A race in 51.2 seconds and Callum Brand running a pb of 51.9 to take the B race.
Adam Peachey made the most of favourable sprinting conditions to place third in the 200m in a pb of 22.4, whilst also recording an 11.2 pb over 100m. There was also a third place for Ian Moore who clocked 15.8 in the 110m hurdles whilst Rachel See ran a 3000m pb of 11:59.0. In the field Sage showed his versatility with a 1.80m personal best clearance for second in the high jump, whilst Tom Stubbs cleared 3.20m for third in the high jump. Despite still being under 17 athletes, both Anna Martin and Phoebe Hobbs had success in the under 20 age group. Martin equalled her high jump pb with a 1.60m clearance for second place and came third in the triple jump with a 10.02m personal best. Hobbs finished second in the 1500m steeplechase to lower her own club record to 5:57.9 whilst also placing third in the under 17 800m race in a pb of 2:31.7.
The Harriers enjoyed three wins In the under 17 events with Linton Gardiner and Mollie Courtney claiming high jump victories with clearances of 1.80m and 1.60m respectively. Gardiner, who currently heads the UK under 17 octathlon rankings, also placed third in the shot with 11.35m. Adam Wheeler won the triple jump with 11.88m and also finished second in the long jump thanks to a personal best of 5.97m. There were second place finishes for Georgina Gordan with a 26.9 second pb in the 200m, Chris Bell-Hartley with a 13.6 clocking in the 100m hurdles, Ryan Ellis with 40.82m in the javelin and Scott Leyland with 5:17.3 on his 1500m steeplechase debut. Sydney Sopher set two personal bests with 25.07m for second place in the hammer and 9.17m for third in the shot putt. Sophie Yorke placed third in the 100m in 12.6 seconds whilst Ben Clarke ran a pb of 11.2 in the boy’s race Clarke also made use of the conditions to register a 200m pb of 23.2, as did Katie Foward who lowered her best time to 27.5 seconds.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.