Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 3, Erith
Saturday 17th June 2017
Havering’s senior Southern League team dominated the proceedings to win comfortably in heatwave conditions at Erith on Saturday.
A strong ladies team won over half the events on offer, with wins in an impressive 18 events and both relays, backed up by eight second places. Jade Kavanagh, just 15, grabbed a hat trick of wins, improving her career bests in both the100m & long jump for victory and adding full points in the 200m race, returning at the end of the day to anchor the winning sprint relay team home. Katie Dawson improved her best marks in winning the 400m A and B 200m and also contributed legs to both winning relays.
Chloe Williams continued her comeback with a season’s best to win the sprint hurdles, adding B string high jump victory and legs in both relays, while Flic Clarke also had a win double with her best this year in the 400m hurdles event and setting new career marks in winning the B 100m hurdles. Claire Brennan won the vault and was runner up in the B 400m hurdles.
Nicola Hill won the long jump and the B shot – as Elysha Thatcher-Gray won the A - but a twinge then forced her withdrawal. Louise Lacy & Emma Christmas made light work of winning full points in the javelin, and more good points in the field came from Bethan Siddons’ high jump win and triple jump second place.
Ginte Bailey and Robyn Matson scored full points in the 3000m and Robyn added second place in the chase, as did Emily James in the B. Nina Brennan earned second places in the B 400m and A discus and was part of the winning four lap relay and Clare Davies completed the line up with 800m 1500m points..
The men’s team also scored strongly with wins in 10 individual events and the sprint relay. Joseph Ramie won the 100m and long jump, with Shandell Taylor winning the long jump B, while Lewis Bailey won a sprint double with victory in the B 100m and 200m A, and Nathan Steele made it a sprints full house with victory in the B 200m. Karl Tucker joined Shandell, Nathan and Lewis in the victorious sprint relay quartet.
Paul Grange set a new career best in winning the 1500m by a distance, with James Stewart making it full points with B string success. Emmanuel Quarshie won the shot, adding discus and hammer points and Michael Duncan was the B string hammer victor as well as scoring points for the cause in the other three throws. Under 17 Euan McDonnell was second in the high jump and 400m B strings.
Veterans Ian Anthony and Matt Bland battled against the sweltering conditions to earn good points in the 5000m, as did Martin Chester in the ‘chase, while Under 20s Luke Soulsby & Kieran O’Hara added 800m points, as did Kieran Riddell in the 400m hurdles and vault, as veteran vaulter Stuart Tufton again flew the club flag.
The fourth round sees the squad make the short trip to Blackshots on Saturday 8th July as Thurrock Harriers play hosts.
Pics: Kevin White