Harriers begin season with victories

A host of Croydon Harriers' young athletes kicked off their 2013 track & field campaigns at the prestigious Crystal Palace open meeting on Sunday, with seven victories on the day.

Four wins came from the sprinters with Marcia Sey (13.86 seconds in the U13 girls' 100m), Eleanor Smith-Hahn (12.71 in the U17 women’s 100m), Ashleigh Clarke (26.24 in the U17 women’s 200m) and Damien Powell (11.39, U17 men’s 100m) topping the standings.

Over the longer distances, Stevie Lawrence won the U17 women's 1500m in four minutes, 54.24 seconds.

On the field, Omar Reid threw 41.87m in the U20 men’s discus to take the spoils. The 16 year-old now travels to the Loughborough International fixture in a bid to reach the 53.50m qualifying standard for the World Youth championships. 

Emma Fossett was the club’s other victor in the under 17 women’s javelin, with a 31.55m effort.

Second place: Chuks Ajeh (12.14s, U15B 100m), Reegan Boyce (5.19m, U15B long jump), Zoe Fossett (26.54m, U20W javelin), Obi Onyejekwe (1.45m, U15B high jump).

Third overall: Daniel Luke (11.38s & 23.03s, U15B 100m & 200m), Kyle Andrews (24.16secs, U20M 200m), Tamara Reid (30.38m, U20W discus), Stevie Lawrence (1.45m, U17W high jump), Reuben Vaughn (4.07m, U13B long jump).

Saarah Nawaz was fourth in the U13 girls' 800m overall. In the Dave Clarke U20 men's mile race, Patrick Lucas was sixth (4:30.74), Dom Nolan eighth (4:35.27) and Ben Savill 12th (4:47.99) in the 16-strong field.

A quintet of Croydon Harriers tackled the Streets Ahead Croydon Half Marathon, with four of them making the top 100 out of the 500+ finishers.

David Brown led the Croydon challenge in 27th place, 18 places higher than his position in this race 12 months ago.

Virgin London Marathon hopeful Neil Aikman crossed the line in 32nd and 9th M40 in 87:24. Mark Maginn made his debut over the distance in an impressive 92:10 for 63rd.

Another London Marathon hopeful Mohsin Harhara finished 90th in 95:06 nearly eight minutes better than his previous best on the same course 12 months ago.

Club stalwart Norman Hemming finished in 1:46:21 for 218th, but runner-up in the M60 category.

In the pick of the ParkRun action, Atlanta Drummond was the first female finisher home at Lloyd Park in a new PB of 24:33. Laurence Johnston was fourth in the men’s race in 19:15.

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