NORTHERN ATHLETICS U15 & U17 CHAMPS
Competing in regional and national championships are the club’s main focus and an annual highlight for every club section. This weekend it was our U15 and U17’s turn to strut their stuff in the Northern Athletic Championships held at Wigan of for the first since 2008. Both days remained dry (except for a storm of hailstones on the second day) but blustery conditions put paid to fast times.
Sale Harrier athletes won three gold, four silver and three bronze medals and, despite the conditions, some also produced lifetime performances. The most successful Sale athlete was U15 Kelly Chadwick who retained her Northern title from last year and also won the 200m silver medal. Kelly battled with Emily Strickland (Scunthorpe) in both races and this brought out the best in both. Whilst Emily pushed Kelly into second place by a very close 25.78 to Kelly’s 25.80. Kelly gained her revenge taking the 100m in a lifetime best performance of 12.05 Kelly is also the 2013 Northern Athletics long jump champion. In only his first season of club competition,
Rory Keen won his U15 gold medal in the 80m hurdles. In only his first year training as an athlete, Rory adds this important medal to his other prestigious medals this year as the Gtr. Manchester 80m hurdles Champion, Gtr. Manchester Schools 80m hurdles champion and 4 x 400m relay English Schools silver medalist. The third gold medalist, Lewis Hannon greatly improved on last year’s 6th place to secure the U17 pole vault title.
Jonathan Adderley won two silver medals in the U15 shot and discus. He had hoped to just throw well in the shot and to win the discus. He was leading the discus until the final round and was then pipped by 20cm! In the shot put, a slight ankle injury did reduce his distance but another silver medal rounded off a good day for him. These were Jonathan's first medals at the Northern Championships and a great year for him with wins at county championships and then selected for English Schools and gaining entry level for the England Championships at Bedford. The other silver medals went to Evan Gilchrist who battled the conditions in the U17 1500m race in a lifetime best of 4.10.09. Ebbie Danson-Chappell won her medal in the U17 pole vault and adds it to her Northern Athletics bronze medal at the inter-county Championships two weeks earlier.
Bronze medals were won by Aine Cunningham with an U15 800m PB of 2:16.39 - another encouraging step forward from last year when she finished fourth in these championships in 2:24.00. Amy Lester and Maurice Jarvis are in the early days of their athletic careers so an U15 high jump with a PB of 1.50cms and an U17 triple jump (respectively) will give their confidence a great boost.
Other notable performances were U15 Amy Page who produced a long jump PB and Zenni Enechi, last year’s long jump bronze medalist was pleased to record an U17 triple jump PB. Beth Kelly in her first year of competing equaled her PB. Beth Thornton, who is under age and competing for the experience did really well to come through very strongly to qualify for the final. She also did herself proud for it was the first time she’s done races in 2.5 hrs hours and clocked 2.30 in heat and 2.33 in the final. Brad Thornton in the 800mtrs heat also did well to clock 2:12 in the very strong windy conditions.
Posted 19/08/2014 07:06