Opens Round-Up, mid-August 2020

24 Aug 2020

Croydon Harriers were in action in six different competitions across the South of England last week. 

The club’s training facility, Croydon Arena, still remains closed due to the issues surrounding the pandemic. 

At the Jumps Festival at Lee Valley, Paul Ogun warmed up for the British Trials with his first outing of the summer. The long jumper leapt to 6.83m for third. High jumper Jack Ennis bagged a joint 5th position with his 2.01m clearance. 

Over twenty Croydon Harriers took part in the SLAN Open at Tooting in the 100m.

Derek Kinlock and Suhuyini Osman were 1st and 2nd in the Under 20 men’s event. Racheal Largie-Poleon enjoyed similar success in the Under 20 women’s event in 12.13s. 

There were  four runner-up age group finishes thanks to Cheyanne Evans-Gray (Women), Ella Pippim (Under 20 Women), Francesco Calemma (Under 17 Men) and Ninsola Adewale (Under 17 Women). 

Over the 300m, Samuel Mowa was 2nd in the Under 15 boys 300m (38.73s), with Klaysen Kafuti was fifth (39.60s). Ebuka and Chizoba Nkamuo made their 400m debuts finishing fourth and fifth in the Under 17 men’s category. 

At Barking, Derek Kinlock (U20 Men, 10.54s wind-assisted) and Jesaish Richards (Under 15 Boys, 11.59s) particularly impressed in the 100m. Toni Bryan also looked in good form (U20 Women, 12.24s, wind-assisted) and Gracelyn Ella Kendeck (Under 13 Girls 100m, 13.17s) bagged a new lifetime best. 

Other results included Oje Izirein (Men, 11.72s wind-assisted), while Elliot Bailey (Men’s 400m, 52.57s) and Kyra Sethna-McIntosh (Under 17 women’s 800m, 2:25.31) kicked off their seasons.

Several Croydon athletes also made the midweek trip to Chelmsford. Samir Williams caught the eye in the men’s elite race, with a 10.57s wind-assisted 100m outing. 

Tochi Davids (U15 Girls, 12.87s) secured a lifetime best, while training colleagues Kacey Johnson (U15 Girls, 13.48s) and Sheresse Miller (U15 Girls, 13.52s) were also in action. 

Mike Smalley on his 100m debut clocked 12.95secs. Chiamaka Davids finished 8th in the U20 women’s 100m in 13.60secs. 

At Bromley on the same day, Olumide Ositelu (13.18s) and Gabriella Tcheukam (U13 Girls, 13.88s) kept the club flag flying. 

Glenn Barden took on the Milton Keynes 5000m road race last Friday evening clocking 18 minutes and 30 seconds.

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