3rd Victory In National Young Athletes League
Making full use of home advantage Sale maintained their unbeaten run in Young Athletes matches this year, to retain the NW Premier League title and now go on to contest the Northern title as current Northern Champions.
In the U13 age-group our star athlete was Kelly Chadwick who won three events (LJ, sprints) all with Grade 1 performances. This summer Kelly achieved top spot in the UK U13 rankings and holds the club long jump record. Another Grade 1 performance came from UK No.1 ranked Ellie Twite who won the 1200m with Francesca Brint running a PB in second place. Maria Mc Pollin was another Grade 1 winner over 150m whilst Rebecca Heys had a great run to win the 75m. In the 800m Aine Cunningham placed 2nd in the same time as the winner whilst Claudia Cowan in 3rd place ran a new PB. Amy Page jumped a new PB to win a long jump event whilst the sprint relay team of Maria, Rebecca, Kelly and Tia Blisset were clear winners. In the boy's events Ben Moseley won the long jump with a Grade 1 performance and finished runner-up in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m. Anthony Bruton had a busy day winning a 200m event and finishing runner up in both shot and 800m.
Among the U15's Amy Williams had a great weekend. On Saturday, she broke the 20 year old Cheshire Schools Junior long jump record with a 5.81m jump. It was so good; it also beat the intermediate and senior records. At Sportcity the following day, she was our star U15 performer with Grade 1 winning performances in the 100m, high jump and long jump. J'Nae Ward won a high jump event whilst Isabelle Reynolds-Duffy won a 100m event. Jamal Crawford won the long jump with a Grade 1 performance and finished 2nd in the 100m. Kevin Metzger who won 'B' the long jump is such an exciting young athlete. The previous day at the Manchester Schools Championships, this unassuming U15 Harrier did his first ever triple jump competition. His coach, Keith Hunter, had briefly taught him the basics, so he knew he had to run a bit sharpish and then do the hop, skip and jump, but no-one had told him how far he had to go, so he decided that 12.20m was probably adequate. That qualified him for the English Schools Championships next month! Amazing! Both U15 pole vaulters set PB's with Zac Harrop winning with a Grade 1 vault and Jordan Bezzina winning the 'B' event. We had a further double victory in the 1500m events with Euan Gilchrist and Daniel Brint. The throwers also scored good points for the club with wins from Harry Lord (Jav) and Nia Obinma in the discus.
In the U17 events Beth Bolton won the 200m and 300m hurdles. In the 300m Alyssia Carr made a tremendous debut winning the 'B' event with a grade 1 performance of 40.7 seconds. Gaby George ran the same time for the runner-up spot in the 'A' event. Alyssia also won the 100m and finished 2nd in the long jump. Welsh international Elin Jones, who'd recently had the honour of running a leg carrying the Olympic torch, won the 'B' 200m race. The endurance squad of Megan Davies, Rachel Hibberd, Chloe Yates, Hannah Christy and Caithlin Thomas did not drop a point winning six races between them.
The U15G relay team comprising Isabelle, J'Nae, Charlotte and Amy won the 4x100m relay in 50.8secs and are now the No1 U15G relay team in the country.
NB The U15G club record is 50.5secs.
Just as in the currently acclaimed film doing the round of Cinemas, our 'Fast Girls' won all four of the relays. Our 'fast lads' were also in dominant mood with U17's Denver Morrison winning the 400m in a new PB of 50.5 seconds (Grade1) and Nathan Harris (2nd), Emmanuel Ajala (2nd) and Kobefo Ntabejane (1st) in excellent form in the short sprints before teaming up to win the sprint relay. David Campbell won the pole vault and Josh Booth scored excellent points in the throws. A special mention should go to Jimmy Castle who doubled up in the 3000m and steeplechase to ensure that he not only covered more ground than anyone else but probably woke up on Monday morning with very tired legs.
Thanks to the team managers, coaches, officials and the photographers all of whom contributed so much to the success of Sale Harriers. (Photographs courtesy of www.hsphotos.co.uk , Carl Worthington and Anthony Barbet. Article compiled by Peter Shaw).
Posted 19/06/2012 09:54