Jack-N-Jess Are Ace
For the club's "multi eventers" the Northern/England Athletics Senior & U20 Combined Event Championship at the EIS in Sheffield at the beginning of January was the start of their 2010 competitive season....and they certainly made their mark not just winning medals but with JACK ANDREW & JESS TAYLOR gaining GB qualification for an international match in the South of France in March.
Despite the terrible weather ninety per cent of the competitors made it to Sheffield for the two day event resulting in a great competition. By the end of the first day JACK ANDREW was leading the U/20 men, an impressive pole vault of 4.7m that scored him a huge amount of points. "It could only be credited to vault coach Matt Cullen" he said, who had travelled to Sheffield to support the multi eventers during the vault competition. Going into the second day a very impressive hurdles still kept Jack in first place and by the end of the day with only the 1000m race left, Jack was 80 points clear of his nearest rival Seb Rodgers from Brighton. Seb, a very good 1000m runner, couldn't shake Jack off his shoulder...and the U/20 men's gold medal was on its way to a Sale Athlete.
Heptathlete JESS TAYLOR took the U/23 England Athletics Silver medal in great style
The North Northern Indoors Championships were combined with this Championships and JACK ANDREW won the gold medal, team mate JAMES DAVIS took the silver and JESS TAYLOR the U/23 heptathlete Gold medal. It was these fantastic achievement that merited them their GB selection - Jack's second and Jess' GB debut. Congratulations to both.
For talented KATIA LANNON the championships were a disaster blighted by injury. Looking back to better days , her career highpoints were breaking the Welsh Indoor Pentathlon record and winning the AAA's, the NoE and the Welsh Championships in the same year. She also led the club's women's team in Zaragoza whilst also getting a new PB score, Let's hope she gets back to her exciting best!
The other athletes - U/23 TIM JOLLY and U/20 MATTHEW WRIGHT performed outstandingly in all disciplines.
The multi-event squad thanks all the coaches (Chris Bartram, Neil Donbavand, Matt Lawrence, John Crotty & Dorel Greta for their help throughout the long winter training program at Sport City. Chris is on the National Coach Development Programme for combined events.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57