Sprint Squad Roundup

Club Connect Relays
In previous years, it has been the girls who have qualified to compete at this meeting, however, this year, it was the U13 and U17 boys 4 x 100m relay teams who were selected to compete. The meeting is an opportunity for some of the top ranked club 4 x 100m relay teams to compete against each other, with a prize of £250 going to the winning team in each age group on the day. The races were held just before the Diamond League meeting on Sunday at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

The U13 team included Kayenne Pryce, William Rawlinson, Dylan White, & William Robertson. They were ranked 69th in the UK prior to this and were up against stiff competition. They had a superb run & finished 4th on the day in a new club record of 54.45 seconds. They ended the day ranked 55th in the UK.

The U17 boys were ranked 51st in the UK at the start of the meeting. The team included Cole Sinnott, Max Mowforth, Joe Bradley, & Logan Reid. Like many GB teams over the years, their first changeover did not go as planned, and, although they put in a good effort to recover from that, they finished in 7th place in a time of 44.59 seconds. The disappointment of finishing in that position was short lived as they had set a new club record & are now ranked 42nd in the UK.

Connect Relay's U13 & U17 teams both set new Club Records

A special mention to Jack Abbott (U17) & Kirani Pryce (U13) who both travelled with the teams as reserves and were both able to benefit from the experience. The teams ended the day watching the Diamond League meeting, getting autographs, and having their photos taken with many of the international athletes who had competed on the day, including Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Katerina Johnson-Thompson, and Yohan Blake.

Well done to all of the athletes who competed on the day. You were all a credit to the Harriers.

Midland League, Hereford
The final Midland League meeting of the season saw a women’s U17 100m club record set by Cynthia Ike. In a close run race against Senior athlete, Lucy Jones of Dudley & Stourbridge, both athletes went over the line together with Jones being given the nod for first place & both being given the same time of 12.2 seconds, which was also a PB for both athletes. In the 200m, Cynthia again finished in 2nd position to Jones, in a time of 25.9 seconds.

In the B races, winning runs were achieved by U17, Natalie Short in the 100m race in a time of 13.3 seconds, while U20, Alex Beale, ran a season best time of 27.0 in the 200m

U20 athlete, Lewis-Morgan Barton, achieved two PBs’ on the day with a time of 11.2 seconds in his 100m, & 22.9 seconds in the 200m. He finished 2nd in both races. U17, Cole Sinnott also recorded PBs’ on the day, and finished 2nd in his races. His times were 11.7 seconds & 23.5 seconds respectively.

Multi eventer, Annabelle Udo, finished 3rd in all of her events. In the shot she threw a distance of 8.01 metres, jumped a height of 1.35 metres, and threw the javelin 17.07 metres.

The team’s performances on the day saw them secure promotion for next season. Well done to all athletes who competed on the day.

Evening Open, Tuesday 6th August
This meeting saw yet more great performances from the club’s sprinters.

U13 boy, William Robertson, lowered his 100m PB to 13.48 seconds, finishing 5th in his race, while U17 boy, Cole Sinnott, warmed up for the Midland Championships by running 23.68 seconds in his 200m race.

Personal bests were also recorded by Josh Gray, (U20M), in the 100m with a time of 11.98 seconds, & Jared Small, (SM), in the 200m with a time of 26.68 seconds. Achieving two personal bests on the night was U17 girl, Nicole Mukhtar, who won her 100m race in a time of 15.00 seconds, and followed this up with 4th place in the 200m in a time of 31.38 seconds.