Highgate off to a flyer in Southern opener
By Jonny Weeks Highgate Harriers claimed their highest points total from a Southern League meet for three years as they cruised to victory in their opening division one match at Parliament Hill on Saturday. Harriers finished with 136 points, well ahead of
By Jonny Weeks
Highgate Harriers claimed their highest points total from a Southern League meet for three years as they cruised to victory in their opening division one match at Parliament Hill on Saturday.
Harriers finished with 136 points, well ahead of Woking AC (119) and Kent AC (103).
Mike Reiss opened the proceedings in the field with a win in the A-string hammer (38.09metres). He also came second in the shot.
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Highgate's other A-string winners were Simon Child (56secs) in the 400m hurdles, Henry Dodwell (9mins 34secs) in the 3,000m steeplechase, Dennis Bala (1.80m) in the high jump and Kara George Popovic (40.66m) in the javelin.
Highgate's 4x100m team of Marius Guei, Hakeem Aderibigbe, Francis Asante (45.1secs) were also triumphant, while the 4x400m team of Mathew Dore-Weeks, Peter Downie, Attak Diing and Pat Davis beat Woking by more than two seconds (3mins 29.30secs).
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Ryan McKinlay won the B 3,000m steeplechase (9mins 52.8secs) and came second in the A 1500m (4mins 03.2secs). Glen Saqui claimed the 1,500m (4mins 07.8secs) and was also second in the A 5000m (15mins 03.5secs) while Dennis Ntoluke won the triple jump (12.89m).
Harriers other B-string winners included Asante (23.8secs) in the 200m, Diing (51.7secs) in the 400m and Dore-Weeks (63.1secs) in the 400m hurdles and high jump (1.80m). Dore-Weeks also ran a personal best of 16secs flat in the 110m hurdles for second.
John Tartaru came back from serious injury and, although still troubled, made some useful points in the field with second in the B hammer, third in the A discus and shot respectively.
Calvin Cuha came second in the A long jump (6.29m) and second in the A triple jump (12.27m), while Thierry Lebreton was third in the B javelin. Asante, 17, ran 11.2secs for second place in the B 100m.
The next Southern League match will be at Peterborough on May 19.
This weekend, Harriers compete in the Middlesex Championships at Copthall.
"It was an outstanding effort, especially from the sprint relay teams when you consider we were were missing Simeon Williamson, who is enjoying warm weather training, and injured trio, Grey Smith, Dominic Hall, Dwayne Bromnfield," said Harriers press secretary Alastair Aitken.