Colchester Harriers’ Georgina Smith leaps into the UK top 10 with a superb display in the long jump

Graig Anya Joseph (green vest) takes first place for Colchester Harriers in an exciting finish to th

Graig Anya Joseph (green vest) takes first place for Colchester Harriers in an exciting finish to the under-15 boys' relay at Chelmsford - Credit: Archant

Colchester Harriers’ young athletes put up a great fight as they competed in their second Eastern Young Athletes League meeting of the season against stiff opposition at Chelmsford.

Debut hurdler Georgina Smith was the star performer of the day, showing she has potential in the event by taking first in the ‘B’ string in an impressive time of 13.3secs. Smith went on to achieve a personal best in both the 100m (14.0secs) and long jump (4.67m), adding a stunning 65cms to that landmark.

This leaves her ranked in the top 10 long jumpers for her age group in the country.

Team-mate Zion Ateba, once again excelled in the under-13 girls’ 70m hurdles with a PB of 12.6secs, before equalling her PB of 1.35m in the high jump, in blustery conditions.

Under-17 athlete Katie Rice keeps chipping away at her 80m hurdles time, with a well-executed 13.9secs.

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In the flat sprints, Callum McKay maintained his rich vein for the Harriers by taking a 100m win in the under-17 men’s age group in 11.3secs.

Strong opposition from Enfield and Braintree athletes in both the under-15 boys’ 100m and 200m meant that Graig Anya Joseph felt the pressure for perhaps the first time in his life, but he still managed to bring home two wins and maximum points in both with 11.5 (100m) and 24.0 (200m).

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Training partner Henry Lawes held his head to run two nicely accomplished performances in the under-15 boys’ ‘B’ string to reward himself and the club with maximum points in both, running 11.9 and a fabulous PB of 24.7 in his 200m.

Both Anya Joseph and Lawes were part of one of the most exciting races of the day, which saw spectators on their feet as the Harriers’ under-15 boys clawed back to record a spectacular win in the relays.

Lawes set up a blistering start with newcomers Harvey Daniels and Jack Banyard displaying good form to bring the baton round to Anya Joseph, who stormed through from fifth place and some 20 metres down to dip for the line in a photo finish with host team Chelmsford.

U-15 Kausara Ayoola caught the eye with a stylish 13.3secs in her 100m and 28.1secs for her 200m.

Milly Presland showed her talent by claiming a good fourth place as a first-year under-15 girl in the 1,500m, while Ziggy Lambton won the boys’ equivalent in 4:27.7s.

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