YDL Lower Round 1
FLYING START FOR SALE AT SPORTCITY
The Club started its defence of the Northern title with a clear victory in round 1 of the Northern Premier Lower age-group match at Sportcity.
The U15 boys were our strongest team winning 17 out of 28 events contested. In the sprints Jono Efoloko, Kieran Donnelly, Will Schofield, James Ratcliffe and Darnel Bell won every event including both relays whilst Oliver Mc Cormick and Ehis Ilozobhie both finished runners up in the hurdles event.
Adam Kinghorn, Dylan Birchill, Jake Spilsbury and Adam Spilsbury proved the Harrier tradition is still alive by outscoring the other clubs in the middle distance events. In the throws, our strong men proved to be invincible. Well done to Anthony Bruton, Rory Canham, Will Schofield, Jamel Brown and James Ratcliffe. Our jumpers and vaulters were also dominant with Kemar Thompson, Ben Mosley, Jack Daly and Matthew Smith proving more than a match for any other team.
In the girl's events, the throws squad delivered most points. Congratulations to Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe and Zenny Enechi. Northern Indoor champion Annie Williams had a clear victory in the pole vault whilst Annabel Kitchen and Zenny Enechi finished runners-up in the long jump events.
In the middle distance races, Claudia Cowan ran a personal best in the 800m and with Mairead Power, Frankie Davis and Ellie Twite performed well against incredibly strong opposition. Highlights in the sprints were Kelly Chadwick finishing runner up in the 100m whilst Maria Mc Polin improved her 200m PB by a massive margin. Kelly, Maria, Zenny teamed up with Bethany Jones for an excellent relay run. Special mention must go to multi eventers Meg Mc Hugh and Grace Bower who competed in hurdles, jumps and throws to make sure that this was one match that Sale Harriers were going to win.
In the U13 events Luke Chesters and Harry Boyd won the 800m with James Peel and Sam Heyworth proved to be the strongest middle distance squad on display. Luke scored a unique double by winning the hurdles at his first attempt at the event. Will Preston, Rhys Parker, Connor Patterson, Conner Keys, Fenton Kennerk, Nathan Booth, Michael Odejimi and Femi Okome all performed with great credit to ensure team victory.
In the girl's events, the Harrier tradition was again to the fore in the middle distance events with Tia Blissett, Beth Thornton, Lizzy Twite and Niamh Nugent scoring well. Beth was particularly impressive with a PB in winning her 800m race. Another impressive Sale squad was the super fast relays team of Harriet Leah, Tia Blissett, Verity Garnes and Lizzy Twite whose slick baton changing was a pleasure to watch. Throwers Josie Canham, Hannah Oakman and Isobel Brett all contributed to an overall team victory. A special mention should go to primary school athletes, Tess Mc Hugh and Lizzy Twite who between them contested seven events to a very high standard. With young athletes like these our future at this level is secure.
A massive thank you from the team managers to all the team for a tremendous effort on the day, particularly those who stepped in at the last minute to compete in some instances for the first time in unfamiliar events such as Kemar Thompson, (Pole Vault), and Will Schofield (Hammer) both winners of the 'B' events. This is what a team effort is all about.
Produced by Pete Shaw, photographs courtesy of Ernie Greenwood www.darkstarphotos.com and Carl Worthington.
Posted 09/05/2013 11:52