Grade One’s Galore In National Final
Those disappointed by not getting tickets to the Olympic Stadium could have had their disappointment eased by attending Sportcity on Sunday for the National Finals of the Young Athlete's League. The most talented youngsters from Great Britain's top eight clubs came together on the club's home-territory seeking this prestigious national title. The high level of competition from very talented athletes, some of whom will go on to become Britain's future Olympians was astonishing. The atmosphere, cheers and support from the Sale camp along the home straight was of such a standard the Olympic Stadium would have been proud and the whole day was blessed with glorious sunshine that'll have impressed the three southern clubs.
Kelly Chadwick was our star U13 athlete with three victories (long jump and sprints) all with Grade 1 performances. Olivia Green won the 1200m with a new PB of 3:57.73 (Grade 1) with Frankie Hacker Davis in fourth place. Two further middle distances performances came in the 800m with Aine Cunningham breaking her own club record with 2:20.67 in silver medal position whilst Ellie Twite won the B events. Meg Mc Hugh won the high jump whilst Maria Mc Polin got gold and silver in the sprints events. In the boys' events Jona Efoloko broke his own club 200m record recording 24.16 seconds in silver medal slot. Jona was also runner up in the 100m and hurdles all with Grade 1 performances. Anthony Bruton won the 800m and finished third in the shot, both Grade 1 performances. Ben Mosley was another Grade 1 athlete finishing second in the long jump. Luke Chesters broke his PB by four seconds to finish runner up in the 800m whilst Darnel Bell finished third in the hurdles. Jona, Darnell, Anthony and Ben teamed up to win the sprint relay in the fast time of 50.45 seconds.
Athlete of the day in the U15 event was Amy Williams who broke the long jump record to win with 5m60cms and recorded another Grade 1 performance to win the B high jump. Another Grade 1 high jump performances by J'Nai Ward who was runner up in the A event as well as silver medallist in the hurdles. Amy and J'nai teamed up with Isobel Reynolds Duffy and Charlotte Worthington to finish second in the relay with a super fast time of 51.05 seconds. Annabel Dowd, Sophie Ullah and Lauren Sturman were all medallists in the throwing events. Our strongest event of the day was the U15 boy's pole vault where Zac Harrop and Lewis Hannan both recorded PB's to win their events with grade 1 performances. Harry lord was runner up in the javelin with a PB whilst Jamal Crawford (200m), Adam Kinghorn (800m) and Euan Gilchrist (1500m) all improved their PB's by large margins.
In the U17 women's events, Alyssia Carr was runner up in the 100m and ran two Grade 1 performances in finishing in bronze medal position in the hurdles and 300m. Gabi George also recorded Grade1 performances in the 200m (3rd) and B 300 (1st). Megan Davis and Chloe Yates won both 1500m events. Chloe is an excellent role model for our younger athletes, running PB's all season whilst gaining 10 Grade A* s at GCSE. Our other medallists Lydia Randles (hurdles), Elin Jones 9100), Marnie Wells-Nichols (high jump), Alex Hastie (high jump), Jade Clarke (long jump), Akenke White (triple jump) and Beth Bolton (200m and 300m hurdles). The relay team of Alyssia, Gabi, Beth and Elin ran the tremendous time of 49.14 seconds to finish runners up.
In the U17 men's event Lloyd Robbins (long jump) and Denver Morrison (400m) won their events with Grade 1 performances whilst David Campbell again won the pole vault to add to his Northern league title. Our other medallists were Kobefo Ntabejane (400m hurdles), Chris Bradley (pole vault) and Josh Booth (hammer) whilst Jack Sheldon scored valuable points in all three heavy throws.
Congratulations to Edinburgh who won the match. Our inability to field two competitors in every event meant we finished in fifth place. Our elite athletes did us proud as twenty-one Grade 1 performances in a single match is an incredible performance.
Finally, special thanks must go to all who made it possible - team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray and their equally valuable assistants who led the teams to tremendous success through the season, to their coaches, parents and volunteer officials. Under 13 Emma Lowe was a wonderful example of club support. Her only event was the shot putt at 10.30, yet she (and her parents) stayed the entire day to cheer on the rest of the Sale Team. This is the final year of the current structure of the National Young Athletes League and it'll be interesting to see how the new 'Youth Development League' next year, that effectively combines the Natyal with the National Junior League, pans out.
Report compiled by Peter Shaw and Fechin Mc Cormick. Many thanks to Carl Worthington for his excellent photographs (see gallery below)
Posted 06/09/2012 08:36