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Highgate Harriers avoid relegation in final Southern League match

15:54 05 August 2014

Hannah Viner

Hannah Viner

Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers’ combined team did just enough to stave off relegation by scraping a third-place finish in their final Southern League match of the season.

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Promoted to Division Two North last year, Highgate finished last in their first two matches at the higher level, but a significant improvement kept their survival hopes alive.

And the Harriers completed their escape by claiming third place with a narrow six-point margin in their final match at Parliament Hill Fields – enough to keep them clear of the bottom four overall.

Under-20 athlete Hannah Viner scored well for Highgate in the women’s events, winning the 400m hurdles in a time of one minute 8.1 seconds and the 1500m steeplechase (5:22.2).

Harriers’ Grace Mee recorded second place in the high jump (1.60m) and third in the 110m hurdles (20.0), while there were also third place finishes in A string events for four more Harriers – as well as in the 4x100m relay (54.2).

Alima Diabate clocked 13.8 to take third in the 100m, while Alexandra Agoshkva ran 3:02.3) in the 800m, Emma Burgess 5:25.9 in the 1500m and Lulu Szego threw 26.39m in the javelin.

Matt Dore-Weeks led the men’s contribution with victories in the 110m hurdles (16.6) and the 400m hurdles (1:00.7), as well as finishing second in the pole vault (2.30m).

Robel Bahelbi also picked up a win for Highgate in the 5,000m (15:22.1) and a second place in the 1500m (4:14.2), while the 4x400m relay team triumphed in a time of 3:32.2.

The Harriers finished 10th overall in the final table with 11 league points – just 1.5 points ahead of Royston, who occupied the last relegation spot.

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