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Croydon Harriers Round Up: Elliot Safo strikes silver

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GREAT Britain junior international long jumper Elliot Safo struck silver at the England U23 championships in his first competition in the UK this season. The Harvard University student and Croydon Harrier leapt to 7.57m for runners-up spot, 12cm adrift of gold. In the U20 men's discus, club colleague Omar Reid finished 9th out of 16 thanks to a throw of 46.15m. Edwin Miles was in action in the 200m and clocked 22.63secs in his Heat. The young athlete's team bagged third place out of the six competing clubs in the latest round of the UK Youth Development League in Eton. Chuks Ajeh and Javon Reid took maximum points in the U15 boy's 100m, while Marcia Sey was her usual dominant self, winning the U13 girl's 75m, 150m and 70m hurdles. On the field, Ugo Ajeh and Jack Ennis both gained wins in the U13 boy's A and B high jump events, and Aliyah Headley and Renae Jenoure-Jackson followed suit in the U15 girl's hammer. The U13 boys and U15 girls won their respective 4x100m relays. Croydon just held onto third by three points and are in the same position in the overall league standings with just one fixture remaining. At the Southern Athletics League in Colchester, Croydon Harriers' men's and women's team hopes of top flight survival took a setback in the midst of strong opposition despite a valiant effort. Croydon finished fourth on 141 points in the four club fixture against a quality field, with hosts Colchester on 220, Basingstoke and Mid Hants (195.5) and Nene Valley (172.5) making up the rest of the field. There were though seven A event wins including one event maximum during the afternoon. English Schools hopeful Damien Powell won the 100m in 11.7secs into a headwind. In the middle-distance ranks, David White (4:17.5) and Jake English (4:20.9) scooped maximum points in a tactical 1500m contest. In the 2000m steeplechase, Peter Chambers triumphed in his debut in the event winning in 6:37.2. Stevie Lawrence bagged two wins in the 800m (2:19.6) and the pole vault (2.00m), and the 4x100m team of Irene Afriye, Sonyce Archer, Coralie Mido and Ashleigh Clarke triumphed in 50.7secs. There were a further nine runners-up finishes in A events across all male and female competition. Croydon now face crunch clashes at home at Croydon Arena on July 12 and in Stevenage on the August 2. At the South of England Championship last weekend, Paul Ogun won the long jump at Crystal Palace thanks to a 2nd round leap of 7.22m. He was 13cm clear of his nearest challenger. In the 100m, Lee McLaughlin powered to a new lifetime best in 10.61secs in the opening heat, and then notched a wind-assisted 10.41secs clocking in the semi-final to qualify for the final. There was heartbreak for the 23-year-old though as he was disqualified in the final for a false-start. His semi-final run ranks him 45th in the UK. In the U20 men's discus Nathan Carty finished eighth thanks to a 41.67m effort in the final round. At the Richmond 10K, Lisa Harris did her Surrey Road League defence no harm finishing 8th in 38 minutes and 40 seconds. In the pick of the ParkRun action, 14-year-old Jessica Moore was first home in the women's category at Lloyd ParkRun.

Croydon Harriers Round Up: Elliot Safo strikes silver


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