Medal haul!

Jahisha Thomas

Jahisha Thomas

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BLACKHEATH & Bromley Harriers athletes returned home with 15 medals from the south of England indoor championships at Lee Valley.

In the senior age group, Jermaine Olasan claimed gold in the long jump with a leap of 7.21m.

Rachel Dickens now has a full set of senior sprint medals.

Having won the 400m title last week, she took silver in the 200m in 24.42s and bronze in the 60m in 7.70s, the same time as fourth-placed Grace Sheppard.

Like Dickens, Jahisha Thomas is in her first year in the senior age group and celebrated with bronze medals in the 60m hurdles (8.67s) and long jump (5.94m).

Kieran Daly and Oweka Wanogho reached the semis of the men’s 60m.

Most eye-catching race of the day was the U20 women’s 60m, where three John Blackie coached athletes provided a clean sweep of the medals for Blackheath & Bromley.

Dina Asher-Smith lived up to her pre-race favourite tag and sped to victory in 7.34s, having equalled the championship best performance of 7.32s in the semi-final.

Shannon Hylton took silver in 7.51s, just two hundredths of a second ahead of Vivien Olatunji.

Also on the track, Kertis Beswick’s impressive finishing dip saw him snatch silver in the 60 metre hurdles in a new personal best of 7.99 while in the field Kerri Davidson was second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.88.

The Club only had two athletes in the under 17 womens 60 metres so they could not win a full set of medals. They did, however, do the next best thing with Maya Bruney first in 7.63 and Jazz Crawford second in 7.68. Both were personal bests.

Isabella Hilditch took silver in the 60 metre hurdles in 8.93 in her first year in the age group and with a better start will go quicker still. Meanwhile in the field two Herbie Kuentslinger coached athletes won medals in the shot. Eloise Locke was second with 9.79 with Eve Keith third in 9.72.

The previous weekend five Club members competed in the hugely successful Vault London which took place at Sutton Arena. The event , organised by Club member, International pole vaulter and coach Allan Williams saw 88 vaulters from across the country take part in an all day extravaganza.

Amongst those in action were Mark Longhurst who won the Under 23s contest with a clearance of 4.52. Christina Moore was 3rd in the senior womens event with a 3.32 while in the under 20s Helena Coleman set a personal best of 3.22 to finish 3rd.

Murray Hilborne cleared 2.62 in the mens over 45s while Jackie Montgomery went over 2.42 to win the womens event.

For all the latest Club news visit the website at www.bandbhac.org.uk

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