Sportcity Manchester hosted the latest round of the BMC Grand Prix for middle distance events and here is what their website had to say about our own Angus Harrington, with fellow club member Henry Fisher 4th in a pb of 1.49.62.
“Angus Harrington appears to have enjoyed two breakthrough moments this season already. The 20-year-old Cambridge University student, who competes for Blackheath & Bromley, opened the season with his first Grand Prix win in the 800m B race at Birmingham University. That earned him promotion to the A race on Saturday and Harrington fully justified that with another impressive win in a PB of 1:48.58”.
“I think the time was a bit slow to win an A race but it was my first ever time in an A race and I’m really pleased to win,” said Harrington, who is coached by Phil O’Dell. “I held back off the pace on Saturday and that helped me but at Watford I’ll go out harder and see if I can sneak another half a second or so off that time. “Hopefully a faster time will come but Saturday was probably the biggest win of my life!”
In Eugene, Oregon, the Diamond league action resumed and after Dina Asher Smith won the Birmingham leg recently , she faced much stiffer competition and although breaking 11 seconds with a seasons best 10.98, this was only good enough for 4th place behind the Olympic champion. Anyway it’s a great start to a long season when Dina needs to peak some time ahead.
The NCAA Preliminaries were held in two cities and we had five athletes in action which in itself is a remarkable achievement as you need to be in the top 48 athletes per event even to compete. In the eastern event in Bloomington, Indiana, Katy Ann McDonald ran well for 3rd place with 2.03.42 over 800m to book her place in the NCAA finals, and Divine Oladipo threw the shot out to 17.64m for 4th spot, and threw the discus 53.89m for 6th spot ensuring she too made the finals. Marcia Sey clocked 13.68 over the 100m hurdles to be ranked 33rd. In the western event held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ethan Brown ran a sub par 47.37 over 400m and Yasmin Austridge ran 11.00.49 and some way off her best. We wish Katy Ann and Divine every success at the NCAA Finals.
At last weeks midweek BMC event at Eltham Megan Barlow ran 4.46.1 over 1500m for a pb and Hannah Clark ran 4.51.6, Roger Villardell ran 5,000m in 16.24.0 and David Adams clocked 16.59.54.
The YDL Upper age Groups were back in action at Hendon which saw a resounding team win for BBHAC despite being somewhat depleted on athlete numbers which affected all teams. Two wins from the first two fixtures we hope puts us in a good place to make the National Finals later in the summer. Full results not yet to hand, reports to follow online.