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Mason Trophy Report

A total of 13 athletes from the Harriers were competing in the Mason Trophy at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on Saturday. This Inter County meeting was the last chance for the athletes to impress the teachers who will be selecting the team that will represent the County in the English Schools Championships which is being held at the same venue next month. Each athlete had to compete in time trialled races in their preferred events.

On the day there were two outstanding performances on the day which saw two Harriers win Gold medals, Logan Reid in the Inter-Boys 100m & Katie Gibson in the Inter-Girls Hammer, both of whom should have done enough to guarantee selection for English Schools.

There were four athletes represented from the sprint squad first to compete was Logan Reid in the Inter Boys 100m. He powered away with his trademark fast start to win his race in a time of 11.32 seconds. His time was the fastest in his age group and he was awarded the gold medal, an outstanding achievement. Logan, who is only in his first full competitive season of his athletics career, is showing huge promise for the future.

Logan Reid fine win in the 100m and looks certain to be selected for English Schools

Also competing in this event and age group was Max Mowforth who was competing for the 2nd season at this meeting. Max, who has a personal best of 11.7 seconds, finished 5th in his race and 16th overall, of the 20 athletes who competed in the event, in a time of 12.04 seconds. He will now focus on achieving the qualifying time required for the National Championships in August.
Cynthia Ike, the only girl from the squad to qualify to compete at this meeting, finished 2nd in the Inter Girls 100m in a time of 12.82 seconds. She narrowly missed out on winning the race which was won in 12.81 seconds, and finished 5th out of the 20 girls who competed on the day. Having already achieved the entry Standard for the English Schools, she now has to wait to see whether she is selected to compete.

Heavy rainfall hampered Joe Bradley’s preparation for his 200m race which resulted in the whole meeting being delayed for 10 minutes while the heavens opened. When the meeting resumed, drawn in lane 2, he finished 4th in his race after negotiating a large puddle that had settled in the inner lanes. His time was a creditable 23.28 seconds and he finished 8th out of the 18 athletes who competed over that distance on the day. Joe, who is in his 2nd full competitive season, has huge potential over this distance, having already posted a personal best of 22.5 seconds so far this season.
All 4 athletes were a credit to the squad on the day, and are all good role models to inspire the rest of the squad to do well this season.

Katie Gibson won her second consecutive Mason Trophy title with her third PB throw of the season with a superb throw of 45.59m and maintain her position of 3rd place in the UK rankings.

Katie Gibson, superb new PB of 45.59m to take the Gold Medal for the second successive year

For the middle distance squad who had eight athletes represented, the performance of the day was from Inter-Boy’s Dylan Bowley who finished just out of the medals in 4th place, Bowley who was just 0.2 seconds off the qualifying standard of 1:57 going into the race so he had to ensure the race was a fast one so had decided to take it on from the bell. Bowley gave it his all only to tire in the closing stages to finishing in an agonising 1:58.26, and will face a long wait to see if he has any chance to make the ES team.

Alice Bennett enjoyed a much better race in the Junior Girls 800m, finishing in a fine 5th place which is an outstanding achievement for a bottom year athlete. Bennett reversed the surprise defeat from County Schools the week earlier from Corby AC’s Madeleine Mayes with a fine run in the B race to record a time of 2:19.89, she boasts a national Standard time and a UK ranking of 7th which should be enough for her to get the nod from the selectors?

Alice Bennett (58) fine run in JG 800m as a bottom year athlete for 5th place

Junior Boy Luke Cole enjoyed a brilliant race in the 1500m having the confidence to take on the race for the opening two laps he was rewarded with a fine 8th place and a 7 second PB of 4:29.87. Rio Carr was also competing over 1500m in the age group and he performed well to finish in 15th place in 4:39.45 just outside of his PB and both boys will benefit hugely from the experience of the higher level competition.

Junior Girl Alice Bates who has the ES qualifying standard for 1500m ran a respectable performance to finish in 10th place 5:02.88 and will have to wait to see if her qualifying mark will secure her selection. Ben Brooker also ran a respectable race to finish in 12th place overall in the Junior Boys 800m with a time of 2:13.67.

The final squad members in action were Iday Jumbe in the 400m who ran a superb race to slice 2.5 seconds from his best with a storming finish for 12th place overall in 53.06, in an event where he is showing great potential, and Josh Clutton who enjoyed a good race in only second ever 3,000m slicing 16 seconds from the week earlier at County schools with 10:01.81.

Well done to evrybody who competed and fingers crossed for those in with a shout of getting selected for English Schools.