Records tumbled as Nene Valley Harriers hosted the 3rd Round of The Eastern Young Athletes League at an unseasonably chilly embankment track on Sunday. Nene Valley's youngsters produced a fine display, winning the match by a handsome margin, on a day that saw three new club records being set.
Hannah Molyneaux shattered the under 15 discus record with a throw of 37.80. This represented an improvement of over 6 metres on the previous club best which was also held by Molyneaux. Lydia Church, granddaughter of the club's secretary Ray Church,threw a new record of 41.76 in the under 17 hammer, whilst William Hughes lowered the Under 15 200 metres record to 22.7. He also equalled the 100 metres club record of 11.3.
The Nene Valley victory owed as much to the consistency of the team as it did to some excellent individual displays, and first place overall was achieved in 4 out of the 6 age categories, and close 2nds in the other two.
In the under 13 girls events Charlotte Martin won the shot putt with a throw of 7.16, and Jose Downer scored well in the 100 metres and long jump.
Amber Park and Josephine Fortune won the under 15's A and B string 1500 metres in times of 5:06.4 and 5:22.0 respectively, and maximum points were secured in the long jump thanks to Jasmine Allen and Olivia Thompson. Macey Carr backed up Hannah Molyneaux by winning the B string discus, whilst Molyneaux added to her excellent display with the discus by also winning the shot putt.
The ever reliable Megan Ellison was victorious in the under 17 girls 1500 metres, and Imogen Woodward won the B 800 metres. Other winners for the Harriers under 17's were Rosie Fresen in the pole vault, Beth Denial and Annie Cavanagh in the long jump and Tierney Augustine who was 1st in both the discus and shot putt. Priscilla Dadziea won the B string shot putt and lydia lydia Church added to her hammer club record by winning the B string discus.
The men's teams performed well with Rio Chilvers first in the under 17 B 800 metres and a win for pole vaulter Grigonj Kondratovic.
William Hughes won the sprint double for the under 15's, and Nandeli Palembe won the B 800 metres, and the second Hughes sibling, Charles, produced the winning shot putt throw of 12.82 metres. Aston Strachan won the under 13 boys 75 metres hurdles, whilst George Harrison won both the discus and B shot putt. Mickley Shaw was first in the B discus.
Nene Valley are now sitting 4th out of 28 teams in the overall standings with their next fixture at Hemel Hempstead on 12 July.
1 Nene Valley Harriers 747.5
2 Chelmsford 665
3 Ipswich. 644
4 Shaftesbury/Barnet. 622.5
5 Luton. 332
6 Peterborough AC 290
7 Biggleswade. 207