Croydon Harriers round-up: Venue switch doesn’t take athletes out of their stride

With competition banned at the Croydon Arena, Croydon Harriers were forced to host their home Southern League match outside the borough at the Sutton Arena where, despite the geographical disadvantage, they managed  to take a worthy second spot just seven points shy of winners Newbury.

U20 Kyron Baylee Burke excelled with a 400m/800m double of 51.8 and 2:03.32 – finally rounding off the day with a sub-50 seconds anchor leg in the 4x400m relay in which they clocked 4:06.88.
Fellow U20 Lia Bonsu was similarly dominant with wins in the 100m hurdles, long jump and triple jump with Ada Amiaka supporting well to ensure maximum points in these jumps
Other maximums came in the 100m thanks to Rhala Ekise (12.80) and Inessa-Renee Atta-Finn (12.73).
There was an interesting 100m double where top high jumper Jack Ennis linked up with young A string winner Amri Li Anderson to record maximum points. There respective times were 10.89 and 10.69.
The ever-reliable Paul Ogun won the long jump with 6.70m and U17 Rukiyak Franson scored a valuable high jump victory with her 1.42m clearance
Croydon Harriers’ U13s and U15s shone as brightly as the welcome sunshine in Basildon on Sunday to produce  one of the club’s best results at this age level.
The boys and girls emerged clear winners of the six-club contest leaving league leaders Brighton  wallowing in their wake 48 points adrift.
There were sprint doubles for U13 boy Trey Lindsey and U15 girl Shivelle Marshall.
The field  event athletes enjoyed an  exceptional match with 10 wins from the jumps and throws. Atarah Watson threw 30m in the U15 hammer and won the shot with 10.94m. Joachim Okugbe was similarly successful  in the boys’ U15 discus and Arabella Howard won the girls U15 javelin comfortably with 24.15m.
U15 Ife Davids emerged as an exciting high prospect with a good second earned with a 1.53m clearance, while Ella Jade Wilson registered a PB of 1.35m in the U13 event while Sarah Scott Kurti shone with PBs in the U13 70m hurdles , 800m and shot.
The Croydon youngsters culminated the day of high achievement in the best possible way by winning all the relays with the U13 boys 4x100m quartet outstanding with their 50.8sec clocking.a 0.3sec improvement on their own UK table-topping mark.

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