Nene Valley Harriers enjoyed a convincing win at their second East Anglian League match of the season when they fielded a strong team to beat their nearest competitors by more than 100 points at Luton.
Senior men David Bush of Spalding and Adam Fidgett both excelled in multiple events, placing well in the javelin, discus, shot putt, triple jump, high jump and 110m hurdles between them to gain valuable points for the Harriers.
Teenager Isaac Huskisson also had an excellent day in the field, securing two personal best throws in the hammer throw and javelin, hurling the implements to distances of 42.74m and 37.71m respectively.
International veteran Andrea Jenkins was in typically dominant form alongside club mate Kelly Lawrence, with Jenkins easily winning the A string discus, shot putt and hammer throw before taking the B string javelin competition behind team mate Elle-Mae Stokes, who won the A javelin in 28.71m. Crowland thrower Lawrence and youngster Alison Church also threw well, as did the latter’s sister Lydia.
English Schools qualifier Tierney Augustine had a storming performance to win the Under 15 shot in 10.39m, while fellow qualifier Rob Shaw easily took the Under 17 event with a fantastic throw of 13.85m.
The Harriers’ victory at Luton puts them in a strong position going into the next fixture at Ipswich on July 6.
Meanwhile, Bourne athlete James McCrae produced an excellent run to take bronze at the Midland Championships for the second successive year.
The Nene Valley Harrier, who also made the podium in the Under 17 age group last year, ran from the front to take third place in his first season in the Under 20 category.
It was a busy weekend for McCrae, who took second place in the senior boys 800m at the Lincolnshire Schools Championships at Boston on Saturday in 2:01.5 – finishing runner-up to Haran Dunderdale.
Classy Lincoln athlete Dunderdale, who had already won the 2000m steeplechase in 6:02.0, added the 800m in 1:59.7.
McCrae, who won the Lincolnshire 800m title last month, clocked 1:56.31 to make the podium at the Alexander Stadium but he is running out of time to book a return to the same venue for the English Schools Championships next month.
He doesn’t yet have the 1:55 qualifying mark – just missing out when clocking a PB of 1:55.65 in Manchester recently – and the Lincolnshire team for Birmingham will be finalised after Saturday’s Anglian Schools Championships at Norwich.
In the past McCrae could have been selected even without the standard but Lincolnshire have enjoyed an excellent year and 24 athletes have already got the qualifying standard and the county can only send 25 athletes.
Therefore he could hardly pick a better time to produce a PB than at Norwich on Saturday.
It’s a busy spell for the talented 17-year-old as today he will line-up at Derby, where Bourne Grammar School have qualified in all four age groups as they attempt to reach the national final of the English Schools Track and Field Cup.
Clubmate David Bush competed in the North of England Championships at Manchester on Saturday, recording a PB of 56.27 when finishing fourth in his heat.
That effort was enough for the 21-year-old to reach the final, where he finished fifth in 57.08.