News - Track And Field
This Section posts news relative to the Track and Field section such as information regarding up and coming training weekends reports on club championship, what the section does socially.
The England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships last weekend
at Bedford international Stadium was the culmination of a
very successful year for several of the club's athletes. Two -
Kevin Metzger and Amy Williams also produced Gold medals. Anthony
Barbet, the club's huge supporter of the club's young athletes,
Posted 22/08/2012 16:13
The final British Athletics League match of the summer took
place last Saturday at Liverpool's Wavertree Stadium and, for the
first time in a number of seasons, we found ourselves in the
unusual position of being able to relax. After having struggled to
6th place in match 1 as a result of fixture clashes, we produced
two outstanding results in matches two and three to finish 2nd and
3rd, which meant that while we weren't in a position to fight for
the league title, going into the final match we were also
mathematically safe from relegation.
Posted 22/08/2012 16:12
On Wednesday 8th August the primary section athletes took to the track, 10 of our young under 9 athletes took part in the young athletes mini league and had a wonderful evening of athletics competing in the 80m, 150m, and 600m, long jump and javelin. The athletes that took part were Holly Scholes, Gabriella Hensman, Melisa Booth, Lucy Armitage and Sofija Dragisic-Wood. The boys were Dominic Reid, Kane Saville , Thomas Boyd, Sam Preston and Matthew Johnson. All events entered produced a top 3 place from the girls and boys.
Melisa Booth- Silver - 80m (joint place)
Gold - 150m
Gold - Long Jump
Gabriella Hensman - Silver - 80m (joint place)
Bronze- Long Jump
Holly Scholes Gold- 600m
Lucy Armitage Silver 600m
Matthew Johnson Bronze - 80m
Bronze - Long Jump
Thomas Boyd Silver - 600m
Bronze - 150m
Dominic Reid Bronze- 600m
Kane saville Silver - 150m
Sam Preston Silver - Javelin
Posted 17/08/2012 08:30
The final fixture of the Northern Premier Lea-gue of the National Junior League season was successfully contested loosing narrowly to host team Edinburgh. It confirmed Sale's passage into the National Final which will be held on Sunday Sept 9th in Derby. The club is very appreciative of all the athletes and officials that gave up a full weekend to secure this result.
The women, led by Brogan Crowley who was awarded female athlete of the match with her 14.18sec hurdle victory into a strong headwind, then followed up with good performances in the Javelin and Shot. The sprints were well looked after by Olivia Callaghan and Gabrielle George (victorious in both 100/200m 'B' events. Megan Davies had an impressive 3000m victory, and Alex Hastie was too good for the other high jumpers. Chloe Yates worked very hard in the 800/1500m races, but events were nullified by strong winds hampering all the times. Charlotte Dickinson, Jasmine Burke, Lauren Bowen and Marnie Wells-Nichols all scored massive points.
Daniel Heald's 22.10sec victory in the 200m was adjudged to be the male athlete of the match, defeating Liverpool's Tom Boyce and Edinburgh's Tom Holligan, who had earlier edged out Roy Ejiakuekwu in the 100m. Further victories for Luke Betts (800m), Callum Greenwood (3000m), Seun Okome (HJ), Alex Wort (110mH) set the ball rolling for Denver Morrison-Massey (400m) and Ryan Moore's securing wins in their 'B' events. Alex contributed greatly in 3 other events (PV,Jav,Shot) as did Jack Sheldon ( Jav,Discus,Hammer) and Joshua Booth (Hammer,Shot and Discus)
Team Edinburgh 23pts to the National Final
Sale Harriers 22pts to the National Final
Team Glasgow 11pts
Kingdom Athletics 9pts Relegated
Team Forth Valley 3pts Relegated
(Submitted by team manager Jack Frost)
Posted 15/08/2012 08:21
On Monday 30th July at 10 o'clock 52 young people aged 8 to 14 arrived at Crossford Bridge for the first 2012 Star Track week. Several were members of Sale Harriers but at least half were going to experience a week of athletic fun and enjoyment aimed at their age groups and presented by Ann Marshall and her team of experienced coaches.
Divided by age into training groups, the young people with their group coach and helper were coached in sprints, hurdles, shot, discus, javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump and 800m during Monday to Thursday. They then tried each of these events resulting in them having a list of personal bests.
On the Friday, the flags of many nations were displayed and the group of youngsters were divided into teams representing Great Britain, Jamaica and Canada and they all took part in an Olympic event. They also had the opportunity of holding an Olympic torch loaned by Sale Harrier coach Keith Hunter.
Each youngster was given a Star Track T shirt, goodie bag, personal best list and either a gold, silver or bronze medal at the end of a busy week. The second week starting on Monday 13th August is already oversubscribed with Ann reporting that nearly 80 children are booked in, let's hope it stays dry.
(Report and photos presented by Roger Devlin)
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33
The coach and two of his multi-event athletes from the Sale multi-events group selected to represent England in the latest Home International held at Stoke's Northwood Stadium, produced a rewarding weekend of strong performances. Brogan Crowley led the Under 20 Women to victory and Alex Wort was only pipped by his team-mate in doing the same thing for the Under 20 Men in a contest that England won handsomely under the guidance of Chris Bartram among other England coaches.
Coming soon after her triumphant English Schools title in the hurdles, Brogan's first international selection provided the perfect stage on which to demonstrate her burgeoning skills, one she took full advantage of. Her first day ended with a new personal best in the 200m after her previous three events had all almost yielded p.b's. Overnight she led the Under 20 competition and was pushing the Senior Women. Near p.b's in the Long Jump and Javelin on Day two left her winning her category but tantalisingly short of the significant 5000 point mark for the heptathlon. As a confidence-boosting performance before preparing her assault on the English Schools Combined Events title in September this could hardly have been better. We wish her all the best for a successful end to her season.
Alex's strong showing proved that he has recovered very well from a slight injury so he should take great confidence into the rest of his season. He managed to produce a consistently effective string of marks that always kept him towards the top of the leader board including a new personal best in the High Jump and near misses in the Discus, Long Jump and 1500m. With five weeks of hard training in prospect as preparation for his English Schools Combined Events competition, Alex can realistically look forward to a rewarding end to his Under 20 career.
Other athletes from Sportcity competed in the Under 17 Women's championships being held alongside the international match.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls has almost nothing to be ashamed of in coming fifth nationally and taking the Northern silver medal. After decent High Jump, Hurdles and Long Jump performances, her new 200m and Javelin personal bests put her in a position where she promised a higher eventual finish but her 800m run put paid to that hope. However in scoring above 4000 points for the first time she has an achievement that should be recognised.
Georgia Pickles came away with a well-deserved Northern Championships bronze medal and sixth place nationally having performed strongly over the gruelling seven discipline competition, one she has not trained specifically for so far. Producing new personal bests in the 80m hurdles, Shot Putt and 200m while equalling her Long Jump p.b, her row of strong performances kept her in handy positions on the leader board. She cemented her medal with a strong finish in the 800m final event to climb upwards towards her medal. Well done Georgia.
Jessica Hodsman competed well in the heptathlon competition and came away with a number of notable marks. New personal bests in the 80m Hurdles and the Long Jump were complemented by close misses in the 200m, Javelin and 800m to leave her with a final score of 3600 points which should give her much encouragement for the future.
For further information contact; Chris Bartram at Sportcity. Article and photos courtesy of Allan Wort
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33
A most enjoyable final fixture of the Northern Premier League at Halifax on the weekend, saw the club finishing 2nd to Wakefield, securing another season in the Northern premier division.
Nathan Roach led a spirited men's squad, himself having victories in both sprints, a fine 6m 05cm long jump, then winning the 'B' high jump, which featured Seun Okome's winning 1m 94cm performance in the 'A' event. The women were led by Emily Beedham who had a fine 1500m victory following a second in the 3000m. 17 year old Lauren Bowen scored massive points in hurdle races, high jump and triple jump.
Top performance of the day was in the Pole Vault where Matt Cullen soared over 4m 70cm, closely followed by Jack Andrew's 4m 50cm, who then secured a 15.1 pb in the 110m hurdles. Kirsty Law unleashed a superb discus throw of 51m 18cm, which was then matched by John Nichol's 14m 43cm shot.
Final League Tables for 2012.
1 Preston Harriers 18 pts
2 Hull Kingston 17pts
3 Sale Harriers 17pts
4 Wakefield Harriers 15 pts
5 Blackburn Harriers 12 pts relegated
6 Holmfirth Harriers 4pts relegated
(Presented by Team Manager Jack Frost. Full results available on http://www.thepowerof10.info/)
Posted 10/08/2012 08:32
Sale Women's UK Premier League team visited Swansea at the weekend faced with the prospect of relegation. They had to finish sixth to be safe but, for most of the day they were in seventh place. Numerous call offs and an injury on the day were not good omens.
Abigail Irozuru got the team off to a good start by winning the long jump. She also stepped in to cover the 200m and came in a fantastic 3rd! She also did one triple jump to earn us points and ran a leg of the relay. Claire Linskill got valuable points for us also in the triple jump. Jessica Taylor competed in 5 events for the team, long jump, hurdles, high jump and the 2 relays, terrific team support. Abigail Fitzpatrick came in 3rd in a season's best 400m hurdles and filled in for the 100m and 400m relays.
The throws, the backbone of the team once again performed magnificently with a first for Rosie Semenyish backed up with first class performances by Kirsty Law, Alison Rodger, Laura Douglas, Chiara Collins and Brogan Crowley. Brogan also ran in the A 100m hurdles and produced a very good time into a very strong wind. Lucy Evans worked very hard in the 100m, 200m and the relay. With 13 gaps in spite of the team effort we were still in 7th place and relegated but the team really pulled together. Jenna Hill doubled to run in the 1500m and the 400m relay, Emily Beedham did the same and Abigail Fitzpatrick stepped into the 100m relay. Rosie even ran in the A 400m!
Well done to everyone. For the first time in the history of the UK Premier League , the club were seriously faced with relegation and happily avoided it to re-group and return to top league positions next year. (Presented by deputy Team Manager Chris Bartram)
Posted 31/07/2012 12:49
A tremendous team effort ensured that Sale retained the Northern Championship, winning by over 100 points. During the match Sale athletes set three new club records, gained 125 Grade 1 performances, won 71 gold, 21 silver and 29 bronze medals whilst our relay team won 7 out of nine events.
Our most successful team was the U13 girls who won 6 out of 9 events contested. Kelly Chadwick was our most successful athlete winning 3 events with Grade 1 performances and breaking club records for both the 75 m (9.8sec) and 150m, (19.3sec) and now holds 5 club records. Aine Cunningham and Tia Blissett both won 800m events whilst Olivia Green had a tremendous run to win the 1200m with Claudia Cowan in 2nd place with a PB. Maria Mc Polin won the 150m and ran a Grade 1 in 2nd place in 75m. Other Sale winners were Maraid Power (Hurdles) and Rebecca Heys (LJ) whilst Emma Lowe took 3rd place in the shot. Jona Efoloko broke his own club record to win the 100m in 12.0 sec and then completed a sprint double with a Grade 1 performance in the 200m. Ben Moseley had a comfortable win the Long Jump with a Grade 1 performance. Luke Chesters finished runner up in the 800m, a tremendous performance by an athlete still at primary school.
In the U15 age-group Amy Williams won the long jump with a Grade 1 whilst J'Nai Ward jumped a PB of 1.57m (Grade1) to win the high jump. Other Grade 1 performers were Jamal Crawford (LJ), James Ratcliffe (300m) and Toby Adesunloye (300m). Further wins came from Fola Jimi-Oluborde, Lewis Hannan, Matt Ogden, Annabelle Dowd, Nia Obinma and Lauren Sturman.
In the U17 women's events golden girls Alyssia Carr, Gabi George and Beth Bolton each won four gold medals in sprints and hurdles and with 100m winner and Welsh international Elin Jones, formed a dream team which won the sprint relay by a massive margin of 3 seconds ('Fast Girls' indeed!). Chloe Yates improved her PB by 13 seconds in the 1500m to finish 2nd to club mate Megan Davies. Marnie Wells-Nicholls won the high jump and finished 2nd in the long jump. Alexandra Hastie was another high Jump winner and made a promising debut in the pole vault. In the Triple Jump Akenke White and Bucky Ojo were first and second in the 4 x 300m relay, Kelly Lowe made an impressive debut, teaming up with Bucky, Beth and Gabi to win by ten seconds. Our U17 women won ten events to be our highest points scorers.
David Campbell was star of the U17men's events winning g the Pole vault with a Grade 1 performance whilst James Frost was runner up. Nathan Harris and Emmanuel Ajala both ran super fast 11.3 seconds in the 100m and teamed up with Kane Andrews and Joshua Halston to win the relay. Jack Sheldon and Joshua Booth again scored tremendous points for the team in the three heavy throws whilst Denver Morrison-Massey again ran gutsy performances in the 400m and 4 x 400m for bronze medal placing.
Congratulations must go to team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray and their assistants and a big thanks to officials, coaches and parents. We now go onto the National final at Sportcity in September to meet the best teams in the country.
(Presented by Coach Peter Shaw. Photographs courtesy of Carl Worthington and Richard Goddard)
Posted 31/07/2012 12:42
The 3rd British Athletics League Premiership match took place at Copthall (again) on Saturday and, while Shaftesbury's victory put paid to any lingering hopes that we might have had of retaining our Premiership crown, another strong showing and hard-earned 3rd place moved us into 3rd position overall in the league and gives us a very good chance of taking 2nd place in the final match in Liverpool on August 18th.
Top 3 finishes are hard to come by on both an individual and team level in a very competitive division, so to score 292 points, take 5 A string wins, 3 B strings and a further 8 top 3 finishes is worthy of celebration.
The A string wins came courtesy of Andy Robertson (100m), Chris Baker (HJ), Andy Sutcliffe (PV), Richard Shuttleworth (Javelin) and debutant Simon Horsfield (3000m). Each was absolutely dominant in their own way, with Andy S winning the vault by 20cm, Chris jumping an outdoor pb of 2.19m and winning by 9cm, Simon controlling the race and galloping clear of the field, Rich winning by 2 and a half metres and Andy R taking the 100m by more than a tenth in 10.52.
Elsewhere, Ian McDonald returned from injury to gain revenge on Chris Baillie in taking the B 110mH, while Nick Gayle took a fine 2nd in the A race. Brian Hall jumped a season's best of 2.05m to win the B high jump, while Matt Bond, not having been training while recovering from a long collegiate season, eased to 3000m B victory. The other top 3 finishes came from Stephen Porter in the B Javelin, after having a busy day filling in in the hammer and discus, Dave Proctor in both the A 800m and 1500m, to continue his remarkable run of results in a Sale vest, Matt Cullen (4.80m) in the vault, James Wignall on debut in the B chase and the long jumpers, both of whom seemed rejuvenated after disrupted early seasons. Jacob Brown took a superb 3rd in the A and was delighted to be back over 7m, while Andy Burgess, battling tonsillitis, also went close to 7m, just falling short with 6.96m, but still finishing a very creditable 2nd in the B.
In other events, useful points were picked up by Rimas Martisauskas in the shot (5th), Jack Andrew in both the shot and discus, Alex Bellis (in the triple jump and hammer!), Ryan Oswald (100m), Nathan Selby (200m), George Caddick (400m), Ben Scarlett (800m), Tom Atkinson (1500m), captain James Bailey (chase and 400mH!), Darren Lewis (400mH), Roy Ejiakuekwu (4x100m), Chris Wakeford (4x400m) and Callum Roughneen (4x400m). James Barratt unfortunately failed to make a valid attempt in the triple jump.
The final league match takes place in Liverpool on August 18th, and with the team lying 3rd overall, just 2.5 points behind Newham and Essex Beagles, the target should be to move into 2nd overall. (Presented by Team Manager Dean Hardman).
Posted 31/07/2012 12:32