It has been a very successful start to the year for Thames Valley Harriers athletes who competed in the South of England Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley. There were eight medals for TVH athletes; two gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
Four of these medals were won in the triple jump. Jude Bright-Davies won the U20 men’s triple jump title to equal his best jump from the last outdoor season with a fantastic hop, skip and jump of 14.62m – a new TVH U20s indoors club record! Jude’s twin brother Joel jumped also jumped a new life time best of 13.27m to win the bronze medal, edging out Odell Okwuosa to 4th, Odell also jumped a personal best (12.98m).
The senior women’s triple jump saw new member, Imperial College student Montana Jackson, go head to head with Lia Stephenson who has just moved up age groups. Montana, who has been training at LCS since September, narrowly beat Lia to gold by 6cm with an effort of 12.11m. Lia claimed her first senior silver medal at South of England championships to add to her large collection of age group gold medals. We look forward to see Lia and Montana progress throughout the season.
Jude Bright-Davies was back in fine form in the U20 men’s long jump with a 22cm personal best leap of 6.64m to win his second medal of the championships, this time he had to settle for bronze against the counties best long jumpers, some of whom are three years older than Jude who has just moved up age groups.
The senior women’s shot putt competition was another close affair, with Danielle Opara missing out on gold by only 1cm, 13.65cm won Danielle a very good silver medal.
Nigel Thomas continued TVH’s stong sprinting history by showing great early season form to claim bronze in the 60m senior men’s final, to add to Erika Yeboah’s bronze from the girls U15 60m the weekend before.
Izzy Dye won the final medal of the championships for TVH with a fine run in the U20 ladies 800m final recorded 2:17.00 for a great silver medal.
There were many other fine performances for TVH athletes and it also looks very promising for the 2016 season.
South of England AA U20/Senior Championships, 16th/17th January, Lee Valley (Indoors) Results:
60m U20W Heat 1 Venus Benjamin-Maclean 2nd 8.07; Heat 2 Sherique Ruddock 5th 8.25; Heat 6 Brittany Robinson 2nd 7.90 Semi-final 1 Venus Benjamin-Maclean 4th 8.07; Semi-final 3 Brittany Robinson 3rd 7.91
60m SW Heat 2 Sharni Raymond 5th 8.54
60m U20M Heat 3 Keano Paris-Samuel 2nd 7.18; Heat 3 Tyrell Mills-Rhule 5th 7.55; Heat 4Kamal Mitchell 3rd 7.18; Heat 5 Jordan Francis 2nd 7.05; Heat 6 Amar-Mazigh Aichoun 6th7.89; Semi-final Jordan Francis 2nd 7.01 PB;Semi-final 3 Keano Paris-Samuel 4th 7.17; Semi-final 4 Daniel John 3rd 7.12; Final Jordan Francis 5th 7.05
60m SM Heat 6 Chaka Maillet 2nd 7.19; Heat 8 Nigel Thomas 1st 6.96; Heat 8 Subomi Onanuga 2nd 7.00; Heat 10 Nima Jam 4th 7.51; Quarter-final 1 Chaka Maillet 6th 7.29; Quarter-final 2 Subomi Onanuga 1st 7.00; Quarter final 5 Nigel Thomas 2nd 6.97; Semi-final 1Subomi Onanuga 3rd 7.01; Semi-final 2 Nigel Thomas 2nd 6.84; Final Nigel Thomas 3rd(Bronze) 6.95
200 U20W Heat 1 Nousayba Kaboash 6th 29.31; Heat 2 Brittany Robinson 4th 26.08; Heat 2Venus Benjamin-Maclean 6th 26.91
200m U20M Heat 1 Nilrem Stewart 2nd 23.33; Heat 3 Kamal Mitchell 1st 23.20; Heat 4 Keano Paris-Samuel 4th 23.45; Semi-final 1 Kamal Mitchell 4th 23.1; Semi-final 2 Nilrem Stewart 3rd 23.1
400m U20W Heat 4 Sherique Ruddock 3rd 63.24; Heat 4 Nousayba Kaboash 4th 67.25
400m SW Heat 1 Leslie Delgado 3rd 59.75
800m U20W Heat 1 Izzy Dye 1st 2:21.14; Final Izzy Dye 2nd (Silver) 2:17.00
800m SM Heat 3 Andrew Ajube 3rd 2:06.60
60m Hurdles SW Heat 3 Tayla Benson 9.34; Semi-final 1 Tayla Benson 9.54
60m Hurdles U20M Heat 1 Antonio McLeary 4th 9.42
Long Jump U20M Final Jude Bright-Davies 3rd (Bronze) 6.64m PB; Odell Okwuosa 9th6.01m
Triple Jump SW Final Montana Jackson 1st (Gold) 12.11m; Lia Stephenson 2nd (Silver) 12.05m
Triple Jump U20M Final Jude Bright-Davies 1st (Gold) 14.62m PB; Joel Bright-Davies 3rd (Bronze) 13.27m PB; Odell Okwuosa 4th 12.98m PB
Shot Putt SW Final Danielle Opara 2nd (Silver) 13.65m