SLAN Open & Surrey Champs reports, 8-9th Jan ’22
Thirty-eight Croydon Harriers took part in the South London Athletics Network Open at the David Weir Leisure Centre on Sunday, with seven Croydon athletes winning their age group 60m.
European U20 men’s 200m champion Derek Kinlock won the event overall in 6.81secs, while Cheyanne Evans-Gray won the women’s event in 7.38secs. Ethan Mauge (U17 men, 7.09secs) and Rachael Largie-Poleon (U20 women, 7.58secs) both topped their age groups with lifetime best performances. Lia Bonsu (Under 17 women, 7.84secs), Shivelle Marshall (Under 13 girls, 8.41secs) and Farrell Fabusiwa (Under 15 boys, 7.61secs) also topped their standings.
Klaysen Kafuti won the high jump with an impressive 1.80m clearance.
At the Surrey Cross-Country Championships in Dorking on Sunday, over thirty Croydon Harriers took on the best athletes in the County.
The highest finish of the day came courtesy of James Hancock who finished a career-high of 6th in the men’s race, and puts him in Surrey County selection in the process. Alex Penfold was a solid 44th, with the men’s squad finishing 13th.
Top 20 placings were found in Isaac Flanagan was 11th in a highly competitive under 20 men’s field, Leanne Moore (Under 20 women, 11th) and Douglas Aikman who was 16th in the Under 17 men’s category. The Under 20/17 women’s team would finish 6th.
Madeleine Armstrong-Plieth led the women’s team home to 13th, finishing 25th. She was well supported by Laura Marshall (50th), Miriam De Souza (118th), Jules Del Nevo (121st) and Sunanda Sarker-Bell (127th).
Others Croydon Harriers first finishers included Zoha Jetha (27th, Under 15 girls), Holly Perks (28th, Under 17 women), Kyron-Bailee Burke (37th, Under 15 boys), Aida Palomares-Doimnguez (67th, Under 13 girls) and Eliot Peacock (69th, Under 13 boys).