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New bests for Mayesbrook trio

PUBLISHED: 13:36 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 11 August 2010

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HAVERING MAYESBROOK athletes Mel Harrison, Emma Christmas and Nicola Hill all produced late season PBs in Essex colours in the recent Senior Eastern Counties match at Ipswich last Sunday. Harrison s 41.64m winning discus throw improved her best set five

HAVERING MAYESBROOK athletes Mel Harrison, Emma Christmas and Nicola Hill all produced late season PBs in Essex colours in the recent Senior Eastern Counties match at Ipswich last Sunday.

Harrison's 41.64m winning discus throw improved her best set five years ago, and she also won the B hammer and B shot to produce a winning hat-trick.

Christmas' javelin PB of 43.82m was over a metre beyond her early season career best and also won the competition.

Hill tackled the flat 400m for only the second time this summer and reduced her PB to 57.81 seconds for third on the day and moved her up a place on the club all-time list.

Also in action for the Essex ladies team were Chloe van Wulven, who was second in the 100m hurdles and third in the high jump, Vicky Smith, fourth in the 3,000m and Zoe Young, third in the long jump.

Sam Harrison and Joe Ramie were both runners up in their respective javelin and triple jump competitions for the Essex men.

Four club under-17 men pulled on Essex vests. Jack Edgar-Hill was a comfortable 100m hurdles winner and Laurence Goodacre won the shot. Jamie Buckley-Stanton was close to his best in placing second in the 3,000m event and Jake Nelson won the B 400m hurdles.

Nicola Hill produced another PB in Essex colours in the South of England under-20 match at Watford on Sunday.

She further reduced her 100m hurdles best by just one-hundredth to 14.79 in placing second to rank third on the club all-time list and second best under-20. Hill has another year in the age group to challenge the club under-20 record of 14.5.

Paul Adair was just outside his PB, clocking 51.27 for third in the 400m. Joe Ramie was fourth in the triple jump for the under-20 men's team with 13.21m and Adam McCarthy was sixth in the 400m hurdles with 58.91.

Lauren Edgar-Hill missed out on a place in the under-20 women's 400m hurdles final, placing fifth in her heat.

Annie Adewole was the only club under-15 in the Essex squad, placing eighth in the shot with a distance of 9.04m.

n A THIRD place finish in the final British League fixture at Coventry left the men's team agonisingly short of promotion.

They finished one point in front of second-placed Exeter and ahead of champions Yeovil, but they had needed to beat the Devon club by eight points to secure promotion to Division Three, so they were six points shy of their target.

On a dramatic finale to the season in a highly-competitive division, only one league point covered four clubs as Havering Mayesbrook ended up third in their first year back on the national stage.

But any disappointment was quickly replaced by relief when it was realised that had the Essex club scored seven points fewer, they would have finished fifth and would have been relegated, but instead hosts Coventry joined bottom team Edinburgh despite their late rally.

There were four individual wins: Luke Stott's A 200m victory in 22.4 was the only A-string victory, while Andy Lewis (400m - 49.6), Brad Reece (hammer throw of 39.75m) and Georgie Bean (javelin - 52.13m) provided B string maximum points.

Newcomer Richard Morrissey performed well on his debut with a second place in the 100m and third in the 400m, while skipper Mark Bishop was forced to fill the gaps, collecting invaluable points in his six events with third places in the discus and 110m hurdles.

Runners up spots were secured by Anthony Williams in both long and triple jumps, veteran vaulter Stuart Tufton, and steeplechaser Jason Lendon.

There were third place efforts from Callum Sutton in the 1,500m and the 5,000m pairing of Glen Hill and Graham Hogan, while on the field Joe Ramie (triple jump) and Daniel Gamester (A hammer) were also third.

More important points were added by A chaser Rob Warner, 1,500m runner Mat Bland, and javelin thrower Sam Harrison, who were all fourth, while under-20s Paul Adair and Adam McCarthy were both fifth and Jake Nelson's league debut earned a vital high jump point.


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