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4 x 400 metres Relay team warming down after their race

4 x 400 metres Relay team warming down after their race

On Saturday, 5th May 2018, our senior men won their first match and are now on course of defending their title, which was held at Leigh. Team Manager was worried that we could not fill all the races but those who turned up gave their all.

The first event was the triple jump. Michael McKernan finished 6th in A sting with a jump of 13.72, which was seasons best. In the B string young Stephan Baker (U23) managed 4th place which a seasons best jump of 11.57w (his legal jump was 10.91).

Next event was the hammer. Chris Shorthouse managed a throw of 60.81 which placed him 3rd in the A string. In the B string Najee Fox finished in 6th place with a personal best throw of 34.04.

The first track event was the 400m hurdles. Paul Byrne produced a season’s best with a time of 52.35 finishing in 3rd place in the A string. In the B string Efe Okoro ran even faster stopping the clock at 52.00 finishing 1st in a season’s best time.

After the first 3 events we were lying 3rd behind Sheffield and Woodford Green.

The next two events were field events, high jump and pole vault. In the high jump Onajite Okoro managed to clear 1.85 which was season’s best finishing in 7th in A string. In the B string Stephan Baker (U23) also had a seasons best clearing 1.75 and finishing in 2nd place. Meanwhile, in the pole vault both Jack Phipps and Cameron Walker-Shepherd cleared 4.80, Jack finishing in 2nd place in A string and Cameron winning the B string.

Next event was 800 metres. Christian Byron finished 5th in A string with a time of 1:54.46 while in the B string Yahye Dirir ran a season’s best time of 1:58.52 finishing 7th.

In the 100 metres A string, Kyle de Escofet finished 4th in 10.68 while Elliott Powell won the B string with a season’s best time of 10.77.

In the 3000 metres steeplechase we only had one representative. Jonathan Goringe finished in 3rd place in a time of 9:36.17.

Discus was the next field event where Najee Fox threw a seasons best of 49.45 finishing 4th in A string while Daniel Cartwright threw a personal best finishing 2nd in the B string. His throw was 44.28. Not a bad attempt from the 20 year old.

At half way stage it was looking like a two horse race, which Sheffield leading with 157 points to Birchfield’s 156.

There was disaster in the next track event which was the 110 metres hurdles. Both Jake Porter and Onajite Okoro won their respective strings but the electronic timing failed so no times were given out.

Then came 400 metres. In the A string Sadam Koumi got disqualified but James Gladman won the B string with a season’s best time of 47.19.

In the long jump, both our athletes finished 6th in their respective strings. Jack Phipps jumped 6.36 (SB) and Onajite Okoro 5.72, also a season’s best.

In the javelin, Craig Lacy travelled all the way from London on the day and finished in 4th place with a throw of 60.39 while in B string Edward Dunford threw 47.49 finishing 3rd.

Back on the track in the 1500 metres, Alex Tovey finished in 4th in A string with a time of 3:55.96. Meanwhile in the B string Mike TannerĀ stopped the clock in 3:59.68 in winning the race.

The stags were on fire in the 200 metres winning both races in season’s best. Mike Powell won the A with 21.13 while Theo Campbell the B with 21.52.

In the final field event, 20 year-old Daniel Cartwright finished 3rd in the shot with a throw of 16.01 (SB) in A string and Edward Dunford threw 13.16 in finishing 4th in B string.

Final track event before the relays was the 3000 metres. Kadar Omar finished 2nd in A string with 8:21.43 while Alistair Rutherford finished 3rd in B string inĀ  time of 8:39.85 (SB)

The stags completed the day in style winning both the relays. In the 4 x 100, the team consisted of Jack Lawrence, Jack Gladman, Elliott Powell and Kaie Chambers-Brown (U20). Their winning time was 40.88.

In the 4 x 400, Ellis Greatrex (U20), Efe Okoro, Theo Campbell and Sadam Koumi stopped the clock at 3:08.96

The points scores (subject to scrutiny) are as follows:

1st Birchfield Harriers 345 points
2nd City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 318 points
3rd Cardiff AAC 280 points
4th Shaftesbury Barnet 259 points
5th Thames Valley Harriers 250 points
6th Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 246 points
7th Newham & Essex Beagles 242 points
8th Swansea Harriers 236 points


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