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WSEH AC go top after crunch fixture in Harrow

Harry Barnett.

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Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC (WSEH) head the Southern Athletic League table after their pivotal weekend fixture at Harrow on Saturday. The penultimate match of the 2019 season pitched the top three clubs together in a battle that would put the winning team top of the league.

The fixture provided great competition for the athletes on both track & field and immense excitement for spectators and club officials. 

WSEH had a slight lead after several events and were not to be overtaken, gradually stretching the lead to an impressive victory, with a score of 239.5 points to hosts, Harrow on 213, Chelmsford on 190.5 and Crawley on just 128.

Individual results reflected the overall, with the team achieving double wins in 10 events, including Amy Herrington and Amy Wright (ladies hammer), Herrington and Suzzanne Palmer (shot put) and Palmer and Sofija Korf (long jump) where Korf gained a new personal best of 5.78m.

The 100m brought victories to Steph Clitheroe and Kennedy Bays, with Bays producing a season’s best while Clitheroe and Rachel Melbourne both made first place in their 100m Hurdles.   

It was a truly successful day for the Melbourne family, with Rachel joining her sister Sarah to dominate the triple jump and Calia Griffin-Logan for another double victory in the high jump. And brother Abe outclassed his opposition in the pole vault for an impressive win, with a new PB of 4.30m.

With heptathlete, Suzzanne Palmer and up and coming youngster Griffin-Logan taking both strings of the javelin, Aaron Richardson and Kieran Shah were victorious in the men’s 100m and the experienced James Tidd and talented young athlete, Will Goddard did the same in the 3000m race.

Under 17 athletes, Rico Lionetti and Eugenio Abruzzini were not phased by their mainly senior rivals in the high jump - the great competition spurring them both on to new bests of 1.78m & 1.73m respectively. 

Inspired, Lionetti went on to achieve a Long Jump best of 6.15m.In the men’s throws a delighted Luke Norris threw 43.05m for a PB and U20, George Smith increased his Javelin best to 40.52m.

The club has two excellent U20 Javelin specialists in Smith and Jude Compton-Stewart who achieved 51.20m on the day.Back on the track U20, Zuri Mullings impressed with her PB of 65.3s in winning the B 400m hurdles race and both Jenni Ball and Issy Rayner ran bests in the tough 5K race. 

Individual victories and PBs aside, the core of this team included committed senior athletes, such as Reiss Durbon Davison, Adam Carpenter, Harry Barnett and Janet Smith, Emily Barrett and Alice Flint, amongst others.  

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