Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Nkoso brings home U15 gold from South of England Indoor Championships

Herne Hill Harriers budding young multi-events athlete Jasmine Nkoso made another big step forward on Sunday at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, writes Geoff Jerwood.

Nkoso brought home the U15 girls pentathlon gold medal with a new PB at the South of England Indoor Combined Events Championships.

She scored 3,247 points for her five events with a winning margin of more then 100 points. Her marks in each event were 9.63 in the 60m hurdles, 1.50m in the high jump, 11.21m in the shot, 5.16m in the long jump and 2:35.05 in the 800m.

Nkoso will represent England Schools in the upcoming home international indoor combined events match on December 2 in Cardiff.

Saturday witnessed a good seventh place for Saskia Millard at the British Athletics Liverpool Cross Challenge women’s short course race which acted as the trial for the European Cross GB relay team. Millard positioned herself well throughout, but didn’t quite have the legs in the closing stages to hang on to a podium place.

There was also a very fine run for Caspian Holmes in Liverpool placing 24th in the U15 boys race as he starts to cut his teeth at the highest domestic level.

Closer to home Harriers women won team bronze medals for the second consecutive Saturday, this time at the South of Thames five miles cross country championships in Beckenham Place Park. The medal-winning A team was Nikki Sturzaker (11th) and first W50, W40 Karen Ellison (12th), Shannon Sinclair (17th) and Annabelle Acres (26th).

The team was backed up by Sue Swaine (27th), Alex Marginean (46th), Jess Winfield (52nd), Alex Fedina (64th), Alison Beck (74th) and Sarah Allen (78th). The first four among these runners formed the B team, who were 10th women’s team overall and third among B teams.

There were also nine men, with the first four across the line forming the A team. They placed 10th overall and sixth of the A teams – two of the first three U20 men. The scorers were Robin Bebbington (22nd and second U20), Fintan Kearney (31st), Sam Maloney (37th and third U20) and Stephen McLeod (71st).

The B team was Chris Speed (76th), Tom Foster (80th), Leon Kong (116th) and Simon Evans (135th), with the men’s representation closed out by Ian Strong (192nd).

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