Harriers sign off in style

GOLDEN GIRL: Savannah Evans

GOLDEN GIRL: Savannah Evans

First published in Sport

WEYMOUTH St Paul’s Harriers enjoyed a successful end to the track and field season with four medals and several personal bests at the Bournemouth Open.

Athletes aged nine to 13 made the trip east and returned with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

The youngest of the club’s athletes took part in the Quad kids competition, a chance for Year Four, Five and Six students to show off their all-round skills with events ranging from a 75m sprint to a 600m run, and the long jump and vortex throw.

In a strong field of girls, Caila Kirkpatrick, who has consistently been the club’s best under-11 performer this season, won bronze with a total of 189 points.

Her best performances were 11.6secs in the 75m and 19.29m for the vortex.

Phoebe Mills came eighth with 163 points, including 12.2secs in the 75m and 2.14mins in the 600m.

Jaimee Browne, making her debut for the Harriers, was 12th with 129 points, which was boosted by 2.83m in the long jump and 2.33mins in the 600m.

Sofia Voss placed 14th with 125 points and broke her own club record in the vortex with a distance of 27.9m.

A single point behind were Adelaide Elsom and another debutant Holly Kingman, with the former setting a new personal best in the 75m.

The only Weymouth boy taking part was Jamie King but he still managed to come away with a silver medal for his efforts.

In the under-13 boys, King clocked 3.03.3mins for the 800m, ran the 200m in 32.5secs and jumped a pb of 3.53m in the long jump. The girls’ equivalent saw Ruby Ellis achieve three personal bests, throwing 19.06m in the javelin, clocking 14.4secs in the 100m and recording 3.83m in the long jump.

Emily Fraher bagged pbs in both her events – 3.12.8mins for the 800m and 1.14m for the high jump – but just missed out on the medals as she placed fourth.

Savannah Evans improved on her own club records by throwing 22.68m in the discus and 29.06m in the javelin, which was a gold-medal winning display.

She is now 32nd in the under-15 rankings with still another year to go in the age group.

Hannah Westhenry, also in the younger year of the same age category, took bronze in the high jump with 1.40m, ran 49.7secs in the 300m and 14.5secs in the 75m hurdles.

Meanwhile, older brother Ben Westhenry was running past the Kings Park track as part of the Littledown five-mile road race.

Although using the race as a mere training session, Ben took first place in the under-20 section and second overall in a time of 26.43mins.

The Harriers have now started winter training on Tuesday evenings at Budmouth from 6-7pm or from 6-6.30pm at the Pavilion end of Weymouth Beach.

The club will be taking part in cross country and sports hall events over the next few months. All athletes must be aged eight or over.

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