Balham long and triple jumper Ore Adamson continued her strong US collegiate competition season with another big leap at College Station in Texas at the prestigious Alumni Muster meet on Saturday to follow up on her recent UK ranking performances. After her 6.25m at San Antonio in mid April was aided by a following wind above the permissible limit, her latest long jump of 6.06m was validated with an allowable wind of +1.2 metres per second and is her second wind legal performance in excess of 6 metres, her first being her PB of 6.23m back in 2019.
Her 6.06m over the weekend moves her up to 11th on the UK women’s rankings list for 2021 and 3rd in the Under 23 women’s age group to date. The Herne Hill Harrier studying at the University of Texas San Antonio is clearly rounding into the form of her life at the culmination of the highly competitive US college season.
Much closer to home, there was the south London Athletics Network (SLAN) Open Meeting at the Woodcote School track in Coulsdon on Saturday, at which Harriers were represented in abundance with a large contingent of young athletes from James McDonald’s middle distance squad in attendance. His athletes alone recorded an astonishing number of PBs in total, headed by a superb win in the fastest 800m race of the day by Keeran Sriskandarajah. An Under 15 boy, Sriskandarajah defeated older opposition to knock over 2.5 seconds off his PB from last October with an excellent 2:03.30 which sees him top the UK rankings for his age group at this distance at this early stage in the season. He also clocked a good 38.94 seconds for the rarely raced distance of 300m for a superb afternoon’s work.
In the field events Under 20 Herne Hill athlete Ignatius Abebrese enjoyed double success winning the long jump with 6.63m, ranking him 8th in the UK in his age group and placing second in the triple jump with his furthest mark to date at this event, 14.05m, but the latter had a tailwind over the limit for ranking purposes. Under 15 boy Dylan Taylor long jumped a PB of 4.87m.
The McDonald middle distance clan backed up Sriskandarajah with a string of 800m PBs from U20M Jacob Alley 2:10.89, U17M David Aisa Miller 2:13.31, U15 boys Archie Penniceard 2:14.45, Jon Goldston 2:15.18, Alexander Wilson 2:22.17 and Warren Wilson 2:22.41, U13 boys Dylan Gillies 2:29.32 and Luke Attfield 2:29.84, U11B Edward Cunniffe 2:40.69 and U13 boys Jack Wesley 2:41.17, Konrad Paliwoda 2:41.85 and Will Perry 2:45.92.
Not to be outdone, the females from the group also ran PBs over 800m as follows: U15 girls Abbey Jeffcoat 2:23.64, Lucy Wright 2:24.74, Sophia Sahai 2:24.83, Anna Forster 2:30.18, Izzy Perry 2:32.00, Orla Carroll 2:32.61 and Vivi Marshall 2:38.30, U13 girls Florence Mills 2:39.50 and Sophie Wright 2:44.26 and U11 girl Sofia Mendes 2:53.97.
Also racing at Coulsdon were senior athletes Helena Shapton with 64.51 for 400m and Bryn Reynolds a 3000m in 9:34.23, while on the same day Sophie Harris ran her first race as a Herne Hill member and her first of any description since January 2020, placing second woman and seventh overall in the RunThrough Newbury 5km. On a course which included very little firm road under foot her 17:21 would be worth quicker on a faster surface.
On Sunday at the Worthing Open Meeting Joe Fenwick ran a good opener over 3000m with his 9:10.00, then in the next race Simon Wade clocked 10:21.35 to kick off his track season. Fiona de Mauny raced over 800m for the first time since the 2020 indoor season over a year ago and battled hard down the home straight to record 2:17.37. She then returned to the track to run 63.57 for 400m for a good afternoon’s work. At Hornchurch on the same day Isaac Ogunlade ran his first 400m race of 2021 clocking 51.48.
Finally on a very windy Bank Holiday Monday Under 15 Izzy Perry followed up her 80m PB at Coulsdon on Saturday with a PB 1500m at Gillingham with a time of 5:07.84 to round off a very busy weekend for athletes from the club.