Harriers show their class

IPSWICH Harriers' Under-13 boys' team have confirmed themselves as eastern athletics' very own fab four following a sensational performance in the Plate Final of the Eastern Young Athletics League.

Stuart Watson

IPSWICH Harriers' Under-13 boys' team have confirmed themselves as eastern athletics' very own fab four following a sensational performance in the Plate Final of the Eastern Young Athletics League.

Not for the first time this season, Kasey Hagan, Errol Thompson, Harri Mortimore and Fabian Fadeyi were the sole representatives of the Harriers' U13 boys' team as the squad travelled to Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club in Hemel Hempstead.

What they lack in quantity is more than compensated for in quality though as the quartet spread themselves across the events to finish a close second in their section.

Hagan won his hurdles, 200m and, in an exciting finish to the day, finished second on countback in the high jump.

It was his Harriers team mate Thompson that won the latter event. He also won the 'A' string hurdles in a personal best of 13.4 seconds and then finished second in the long jump.

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Harri Mortimore demonstrated his growing reputation by not only winning the shot and discus but also by storming to victory in the 'B' string 100m in a PB of 13.1s.

Fadeyi, who came second in the long jump, then joined his three team mates to trounce the opposition in the relay.

Meanwhile, Ipswich's U17 boys went one further to win their section against some excellent opposition.

Anthony Kitterman led the way with a good victory in the 400m which he followed up by winning the 'B' string high jump with a 1.60m effort.

Andy Bradshaw won the 'A' string high jump with 1.70m, Ross Fawcett came second in the triple jump with a distance of 10.12, while Adam Rawlings came second in the 100m with a time of 11.9s.

Matti Mortimore and Rhys McDonald, both of whom represented their region at the UK School Games recently, won the javelin and long jump respectively.

For the U13 girls, Enya Moore gained maximum points in the 'B' 100m and then won a very close 'A' string 200m competition in 27.4s.

Emily Lambert convincingly won the 'B' string 200m in 28.8s after finishing third in the 'A' 100m, while Amalia Serriatello and Beth Clarke performed exceptionally well to complete the 1500m in good time to earn valuable points for the team.

Serriatello then supported Lizzie Lehkyi in the high jump as they recorded jumps of 1.25m and 1.30m respectively.

Lehkyi had previously obtained a PB of 13.8s to come second in the hurdles, the first time she has competed at this event, while Ellie Bloomfield won her throwing event.

For the U15 girls, Charlotte Shelley won her specialists event of the high hump with an effort of 1.56m and followed this up with a good display in the 200m.

Abi Hadley and Jess Crissell performed well in the 100m with Hadley also doing well in the 200m and Crissell producing a time of 47s in her 300m debut.

Jade Ramsey did well as the youngest in the field by finishing third in the 800m (2.35.8m) followed by a sterling effort by Annabel Hand in the 'B' string which is not her usual event.

In the throws Sian Fagg won the discus with an effort of 25.15m, while Rosemary Aldous produced her customary good performances in the shot, discus and hammer with a PB in the latter (19.82m).

The U17 girls' team seemed struggled overall without some usual regulars, however, Emma Burroughs and Alex Leigh-Pearson did well in the 200m, Burroughs recording a time of 44.4s.

Ella Riordan also put in two exceptional performances in the hammer and javelin.

Elsewhere, Ipswich's U15 boys' team recorded some good wins but were up against some very good opposition.

Matt Constable won the 200m in 25.1s, with Caine Sobers doing well in the jumps once again, winning the long jump (5.78m) and finishing third in the high jump.

James Mann ably supported Sobers by winning both the 'B' string jumps, while Sam Harman won the shot with a distance of 9.90m.

Overall, Ipswich finished fourth in the table with 478 points. Herts Phoenix were crowned Plate champions ahead of Southend and Basildon respectively. Hosts Dacoruma & Tring were fifth, while St Albans finished sixth.

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