YDLL – Match 1

Event Summary

Several young Dartford Harriers wore their Hoops vest with pride and represented their club brilliantly on Saturday 27th April, at the first Youth Development League (Lower) fixture of the 2019 season.The 1st YDLL of the year is often the first time these Under 13 and Under 15 Dartford Harriers (school years 6 to 9) have entered a competitive inter-club event.  Each athlete put in a fantastic performance.

It was a very blustery day, but that didn’t stop several Hoops recording a new personal best.  Despite having only 13 athletes available on the day, everybody performed excellently, and with a few reinforcements from other Harriers from our various training groups, we could easily rise to 3rd in the table at the next fixture.

Performances this time around included the following:

U13 Girls

Elleke Harris got the fixture off to an outstanding start, dominating the Shot Put with a first-place finish and fabulous new personal best of 5.89.  She went on to perform well in the High Jump, with a 1.15 (an event won at the marginally greater height of 1.20), and finished a great day with a new PB in the 75m (12.70)

Against bigger and older girls, Rihanna Rock’s rapid leg speed helped her to record an impressive 11.14 in the 75m and 3.34 in the Long Jump.  She also recorded 22.15 in the 150m (her second PB of the day in the sprints), despite not having had chance to practice in spikes beforehand.

Imogen Bowen also held her own against bigger and older girls, confidently tackling multiple events.  In addition to posting a PB of over 30cm in the Long Jump (2.74), she showed a brilliant reaction time and acceleration in the 75m (12.68) and very good technique in the Javelin (5.88).

In the U13 Girls category, amongst other things, we are in particularly great need of middle-distance runners, for the 800m and 1200m events.

U13 Boys

As well as recording 14.89 in a very competitive 100m race, Jayden Sebok-Rose’s excellent leg speed and stride length were rewarded with a fantastic 2nd place in the 200m B string race (31.26).  He also notched up a fine PB in the Long Jump, with a 3.23 leap (65cm longer than his best in 2018).

Oscar Mitroi also showed his outstanding ability as a multi-eventer.  Whilst his competitors were faster out of the blocks in the 200m, he remained in close contention and still posted a respectable 34.17.  He fared well in the Javelin, coming 2nd with a throw of 10.56, which is not far off his PB.  His crowning moment was a new personal best in the highly competitive Long Jump event, where he made a 28cm improvement on last year’s best (3.66).

As with the U13 Girls, we are in need of middle-distance runners in the U13 Boys team.

U15 Girls

Lauren Bowen’s excellent Javelin throw of 13.84 was only 30cm off a 2nd place in a competitive event.  She was rewarded with personal bests in her other two events.  Her grit and determination in the 800m enabled her to take 3rd place with a 6s PB in 2:48.42, and an outstanding throw of 6.08 in the Shot Put won her 2nd place.

Giulia Mitroi was in fine form in all three of her events, with performances close to her personal best in each.  In the B string 800m and Shot Put she took 3rd (3:08.51) and 2nd (5.17), and she also leapt to 3.04 in the Long Jump

Whereas we are short of distance runners in the U13 category, in the U15s (Boys and Girls) we are short of sprinters.

U15 Boys

Kai Barham twice showed maturity and diplomacy beyond his young years as his day got off to a frustrating start for reasons beyond his control.  Firstly, his Hammer competition was cancelled at the last minute, due to an issue with the positioning of the cage/net that meant it was unsafe to throw (particularly as Kai is capable of throwing such a distance…).  Secondly, his discus throws were adjudged as fouls, despite clear video evidence that his throws were legal (not to mention that the discus circle was not regulation size, either!).  Kai’s day picked up with a fine 8.68 Shot Put, which was enough for 2nd place.  He also contributed to the team’s points tally by participating in the 100m, posting a 13.86 despite having focused his training much more heavily on throws lately.

Samuel Ferreyra kindly accepted his team managers’ apologies when he was unable to compete in the Pole Vault due to an oversight on the club’s side.  Putting the disappointment aside, he went on to record a new PB of 5:14.57 in the 1500m, outsprinting his rival at the end of a closely fought last lap.

Although narrowly pipped to the post in the A string 1500m, Miles Brierley will have been delighted that his confident front-running was rewarded with a 16 second PB of 4:58.30.

Whilst he was edged out of first place by the narrowest of margins (0.06 seconds), Luke Fenton’s laudable new personal best of 2:20.34, on such a windy day, bodes very well for the season ahead.

Lewis Groombridge earned two new PBs.  As well as 28.05 in the 200m, Lewis was involved in one of the most closely fought track races of the day, when he and fellow Harrier Reece Onabanjo came 1st and 2nd, divided by only a tenth of a second, in a fine display over the 80m hurdles (14.16 and 14.26).

Following his impressive hurdles race, Reece Onabanjo went on to deliver a master class in Long Jump, showing great power and agility on his way to a new PB of 4.94 – taking first place by a country mile.

Reinforcements are needed in the sprints categories in particular for the U15 Boys team.

Full results will appear on the Power of Ten website during the coming days: https://www.thepowerof10.info/

Report written by Helen Nyberg-Mitroi and Jon Kennedy


Date League / Category Season
27th April 2019 Youth Development League (Lower) 2018-2019


David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton
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