Mighty Mel is hat-trick star

HAVERING MAYESBROOK S Mel Harrison led the way notching up a hat-trick of A wins in shot, discus and hammer, as the Southern Women s squad put up a strong performance against league leaders Portsmouth. There were 15 victories, eight A and seven B strings.

HAVERING MAYESBROOK'S Mel Harrison led the way notching up a hat-trick of A wins in shot, discus and hammer, as the Southern Women's squad put up a strong performance against league leaders Portsmouth.

There were 15 victories, eight A and seven B strings. In this second round fixture with the throwers scoring 31 points out of a maximum of 32.

Kike Oniwinde and Emma Christmas cleaned up in the A and B javelin, Lauren Clark won the B discus and Amy Cox improved her hammer PB for B string victory. Zoe Young added shot runners-up points.

Sara Luck impressed with a front-running 3,000m victory to break the 10-minute barrier to claim a place in the club all-time top 10.


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More middle-distance points came from the under-20 pairing of Ingrid Deane and Zoey Littlechild who added a 1,500m double and under-17 Ellie Bounds ran well against senior opposition to come close to her 800m best in second place.

Claire Brennan and Chloe van Wulven won both strings of the 400m hurdles. van Wulven also won the A high jump while Claire took the B 100m hurdles, with van Wulven second in the A event.

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Karen Baldwin took the B vault with Dani Ross equaling her PB in the A event, for third, while Leanne Blaney added a PB in the non-scoring vault.

More points were added by Nina Brennan (400m), Angela James (long jump), Lydia St Ange (200m and triple jump) and Cheki Onwuka (100m). Nicola Hill (pictured right) added yet another PB in the 400m.

The result leaves the squad third behind unbeaten leaders Portsmouth and Sutton & District, who the HMAC squad have not yet faced. The next fixture is at Lee Valley in four weeks on June 26, where the team face mid-table hosts Enfield & Haringey as well as Harrow & Dartford who will be seeking a good result, to ease their relegation worries.

Nicola Hill took time out from her A Level revision to post yet another impressive personal best at the Bedford International Games on Sunday. She came from behind to take victory in her 400m hurdles race in 60.14, just a stride short of the UK Athletics qualifying time of 60.0 for the European Junior Championships, and the long-standing club record of 59.9, set by Denise Kiernan in 1978.

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