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Croydon Harriers secure victory at Sutton Arena

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CROYDON'S young athletes completed their UK Youth Development league campaign in the best possible fashion with a victory at Sutton Arena on Saturday. In the under 13s and under 15's Premier Two clash, the league's second highest tier, Croydon just edged home in front by four and a half points from nearest challengers Southampton. It is their first victory in the league this season, after two third places and a fourth this campaign. Croydon picked up eleven A event wins, and a further fourteen B victories, with seven event maximums. Marcia Sey bagged two wins over the sprints in the under 13 girl's 70m hurdles (12.3secs) and 150m (20.7secs), while Rhianna Gayle (150m, 21.4secs) and Kayla Bowley (70m hurdles, 12.8secs) made it maximum points. There were more successes in the sprints thanks to debutant Amanfi Aggrey (Under 13 boy's 100m, 12.9secs), Emmanuel Lloyd (Under 13 boy's 200m, 26.4secs) and Chanice Gordon (Under 15 girls 200m, 27.1secs). Aggrey also enjoyed success on the field in the high jump clearing 1.41m. In the throws, two event maximums came in the shot putt with Nathaniel Marshall (9.22m) and Reuban Vaughn (7.35m) winning the under 13 boy's category, while Renae Jenoure-Jackson (8.33m) and Ines Zepa D'Aboui (8.04m) topped the standings in the girl's equivalent. In the middle-distance events, Harry Mullane (under 13 boy's 800m, 2:26.3) and Kieron Connor (Under 15 boy's 800m, 2:09.3) picking up wins over the two lap event. Croydon ended the day in the best possible fashion with a clean sweep of the sprint relays. In the overall end of season standings, it means Croydon just miss out on promotion to the league's top tier, but do elevate themselves to third in the table. At the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Shirin Irving reached the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles while representing team GB. The 16 year-old finished fifth in her semi-final in Donetsk in a new lifetime best of 13.71secs which ranks her fourth on the all-time list UK list over the distance. The previous day she had come through her heat as a fastest loser in 14.17secs. While James Dasaolu lit up Birmingham at the UK Trials, Croydon's other competitor at the Trials, Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi finished eighth in the triple jump. The Princeton University student leapt to 15.18m in the twelve-man field. Lisa Harris won the women's race at the Elmore 7 and with it took a big step towards winning the Surrey Road League which she is currently leading. The Croydon 10K winner, clocked 45:51 on a scorching day in Chipstead and was over three minutes clear of her nearest challenger. Neil Aikman was the club's first man home and was just eleven seconds ahead of Lisa in 21st position. He was 8th M40. David Brown continued his triathlon preparations with a 48:21 clocking to finish 37th. Norman Hemming (58:02) and Keith Brown (58:04) completed the Croydon contingent in 112th and 113th respectively. There were 272 finishers. In ParkRun action, Brendan Murphy notched his eighth win at Riddlesdown in 16 minutes and ten seconds.

Croydon Harriers secure victory at Sutton Arena


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