EYAL Luton

Nene Valley Harriers’ youngsters faced stiff opposition when they travelled to Luton for the second match of the Eastern Young Athletes’ League on Sunday, but prevailed to take third place.

The best results came in the U15 girls’ competitions, which the Harriers won convincingly, despite strong headwinds throughout the afternoon. Lydia Church contributed significantly to the overall points tally with wins in the shot put and hammer, as well as placing well in the discus. Jasmine Allen also put in excellent performances when she won both the 100m and 200m, before going onto play an important part in the winning 100m relay team.

Alex Hampson was a convincing winner in the U17 1500m, drawing away from the field effortlessly with 600m to go to take the race by 10 seconds in 4:19.6. Hampson, a Bourne Academy pupil, is clearly capable of far quicker times as he ran 4:05.99 at the open graded meeting at Watford two weeks ago (May 7), easily gaining him the English Schools Athletics Championships qualifying time.

It wasn’t just the scoring athletes who put in sterling performances though, as U15 Paula Naylor proved when she shattered her previous personal best of 2:54 for the 800m with a fantastic time of 2:38.9, winning her non-scoring race in the process.

Kai Harrison did well to win his javelin competition with a throw of 26.45, before going onto place second in the discus, and Rheanne Lornie won her U13 discus event with ease. U17 Rosie Marshall seized the maximum points when she won the 800m in a speedy 2:28.9, and Emily Brand continued her winning ways with a top spot in her 1500m race in 5:33.7.

The next EYAL match will take the Harriers down to Hendon in London on June 15th, where they will need a full team to give themselves the chance to maximise their potential in the competition.