Six of the best for the Harriers at the South of England Championships

By Dominique Stafford in Athletics

COMPETITORS from Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers won a total of six gold medals at the South of England Senior and under-20 Athletics Championships in Crystal Palace over the weekend.

Confidence Lawson surged to victory in the senior men’s 100metres (10.58seconds), while there were further successes on the track for Jamal Rhoden-Stevens in the senior men’s 400m (47.89secs) and Thomas Butler in the men’s under-20 1,500m (4minutes 12.37secs).

The other three gold medals were won in the field events by Jade Lally in the senior women’s discus (57.56m), Philippa Davenall in the women’s under-20 hammer (a personal best 56.69m) and Jo Blair in the senior women’s javelin (50.63m).

Akin Howard set a new personal best of 2.11m on his way to winning silver in the senior men’s high jump (2.11m), a result matched by Olive Coles in the women’s under-20 400m hurdles (64.05secs), Tara Kafke in the senior women’s 400m (a season’s best 54.98secs), Shadine Duquemin in the senior women’s discus (50.85m) and Billy Praim-Singh in the men’s under-20 hammer (61.42m).

Eavion Richardson won bronze in both the triple jump (12.07m) and long jump (5.69m) at women’s under-20 level, while Paul Ogun came third in the senior men’s long jump (7.39m).

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