Glory for Harriers as senior girls win shield

SHIELD OF GOLD: Nene Valley Harriers team manager Gary Huskisson with senior/under-17 girls team captain Devon Spencer and members of the East Anglian Athletics League title-winning squad.
SHIELD OF GOLD: Nene Valley Harriers team manager Gary Huskisson with senior/under-17 girls team captain Devon Spencer and members of the East Anglian Athletics League title-winning squad.

Nene Valley Harriers athletes are toasting their most successful track and field season ever after a combined seniors/under 17 girls’ team became East Anglian League Final champions.

Led by team manager Gary Huskisson, Harriers also achieved second place finishes in both the under-15 and under-17 boys finals, while the senior men and under-15 girls came third. the under-13 girls fourth and under-17 boys seventh.

There’s been a full turnout from everybody because they wanted to be involved and the team has been stronger that it’s ever been

Nene Valley Harriers senior and under-17 girls’ team captain Devon Spencer

Competition was fierce throughout finals day at Bury St Edmunds but the Peterborough-based athletics club still managed to dominate on the track, led by senior girls’ sprinters Lilly Hughes who won the 100m A race and Natasha Segal who won both 100m and 200m B races.

Georgia Ivens and Megan Pusey won the A and B string 400m finals respectively, Emily Maltby was victorious in the 100 metres hurdles and there were wins as well for Rosie Jacobs (high jump), Lydia Church, Priscilla Dadziea and Tiernay Augustine (shot put), Kelly Lawrence (hammer) and Ellie Mae Stokes (javelin).

Senior and under-17 girls’ team captain Devon Spencer said: “I’m really proud after winning the Southern Athletic League Championship last month and it’s nice to win for the girls at Nene Valley Harriers.

“Last season, there were only four or five of us who turned up for every match but this year there’s been full turnout from everybody because they wanted to be involved.

“The team has been stronger that it’s ever been so it’s nice to win something for all the people who have contributed throughout the season.”