Harris just misses out on medal at England Combined Events Champs

Sammie Harris

ERME Valley Harriers’ Sammie Harris narrowly missed out on a medal at the England Under-15 Combined Events Championships.

Competing in the girls’ hexathlon competition, Harris finished fifth overall out of 40 finalists, but just 72 points separated second from fifth.

Harris was in the top three until the final two events, but was just edged out of a podium place.

She set the fastest 75m hurdles time, clocking 11.48 seconds, and produced the joint best long jump of 5.32m.

Harris’ javelin throw of 23.01m dropped her down from first to third at the end of the first day.

But she then regained a position at the start of the second day with a 9.93m shot put.

It was the high jump, though, which saw her rivals gain ground, with Harris leaping 1.44m, which was 10cm down on her best this year.

Harris finished off with an encouraging 2:36.21 minute 800m run, which saw her amass 3,427 points in total, but it just was not enough to push her back into the medal placings in a highly competitive championship.

Chelmsford’s Jess Hopkins was the clear winning with 3,769 points, with her team-mate Mia Chantee second on 3,499.

Harris is ranked third in the UK at pentathlon, but that does not include the javelin event.

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