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Harriers finish strongly in Southern Athletics League
EVEN the club chairman and team manager put on their spikes for the cause to help Wycombe Phoenix Harriers finish sixth in the Southern Athletics League.
Dougie Sutherland and Dave Randall joined their troops on the front line at Bedford on Saturday, when they battled to fourth place on the day and sixth place overall.
With every point crucial, they competed in the throws and distance events respectively.
But the star of the day was Catherine Parkinson, who also took the family bragging rights by winning the women’s pole vault in a new personal best of 3.42m, while husband Ian jumped a little below his best but still won the men’s competition in 3.90m.
Mark Booth returned to winning ways in the 800m, leading from gun to tape to take the victory in two minutes dead.
Tom Claessens ran his first steeplechase for 16 months and won by demonstrating superior technical ability, while other wins on the day came from Georgina Russell in the women’s 800 and Harry and Dougie Sutherland in both strings of the men’s shot.
Randall said: “Everybody gives their all – for me this was epitomised today by under 17s Josh Parry and Dev Gayle both running personal bests in races against much older athletes.”
Phoenix were in good form going into the the event after winning in St Albans, when Lauren Head won athlete of the match with a big new personal best in the javelin.
She registered a distance of 42.04m to win the event, while Russell also set a new lifetime best to take the women’s 2km steeplechase in 7:53.
Meanwhile, U17 multi-eventer Sutherland literally had a field day with personal bests coming in the senior weight shot putt (12.09m) and pole vault (3.20m.) Meanwhile, the signs are good that the next wave of talent is coming through after the club finished third in the Youth Development League.
Stanley Timms’ very first competitive event saw him take first place in the U17 400m with a new best of 56.6 seconds.
He then went on to lead Harry Sutherland, David Clarke and Daniel Hunter to glory in the U17 4x400 relay.
Joshua Parry sprinted to first in the U17 200m and second in the 100m, while in the women’s group, Emma Delgado won the U17 1,500m race in 5:04.6, with Amy Grant coming home second in the 800m.
In the U20s, Jordan Layne enjoyed double gold, winning the individual 400m before helping Kieran Gilfedder, Mateusz Silwinsk and Ben Sutherland to victory in the 4x400m relay.
Matthew Axe continued the dominance over that distance with a B string success, while other wins came from Ben Sutherland and (1,500m), Gilfedder (3,000m).
Russell was also a multiple winner, taking victory over 800m and 1,500m, while Marissa Robertson was too good over the 400m hurdles and then won 4x100m relay gold with Russell, Frankie Butler and Sophie Matthews.
Matthews had earlier competed in the U20 100m and 200m, finishing second in both.
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