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.
Results from the recent meeting at Sportscity on the 14th April 2012, can be found at:-
Posted 16/04/2012 10:31
Two of Sale's multi events training group, Jasmin Dotzek and Alex Wort, produced personal best performances for Great Britain against strong teams from France and Spain during the indoor international held at Cardiff's national indoor arena last weekend. Jasmin to record a huge event improvement to 3725 points and fifth place behind the hugely impressive Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Alex to 4760 points in the Men's heptathlon.
The second day of the competition saw Jasmin execute a stunning 60m hurdles run to open her day with a new personal best of 9.03s then follow this with an electrifying High Jump best that was full of drive and commitment. Shot Putt and Long Jump performances close to her bests set earlier this year left her in a good position going into the gruelling 800m closing event at which she powered through to another new personal milestone and put the cap on a memorable competitive day.
Quite a pleasure and privilege for Jasmin to finish as second Brit and overall sixth place in the U23 Women's section to Johnson-Thompson who delivered a stunning succession of marks that culminated in the best total ever by a British woman indoors at her age and only ten points off Kluft's world age group record.
In the U20 Men's competition, an exceptional French team and strong Spanish team showed on the first day why they expected to leave the young and developing British squad far behind them with a string of outstanding sprinting and jumping marks that Alex and the other British competitors struggled to match. Yet he still produced four performances of solid standing that included a personal best in the 60m and started the second day in combative mood, determined not to let anyone get away without a battle.
And so it proved as he started on a series of personal best discipline performances that lasted all day. The mornings 60m hurdles saw him push the best French and Spanish sprinters all the way and landing himself fifth place. He followed this with a gritty Pole Vault competition in which he moved his personal best upwards to 4m15 and earned third place leaving just the 1000m run to end the day. Another gutsy run achieved a personal best time of 2min48.95 to finish the day on a high note.
Overall the French team just managed to beat the Great Britain team by as much as they in turn defeated the Spanish team but the standards of competition on display all weekend proved to be so high that records and personal bests were tumbling at every turn. Our two representatives should feel proud to have contributed to such a fine competition.
Posted 02/04/2012 23:09
On the Indoors, big congratulations to Katia Lannon who won the Scottish indoor multievents a couple of weeks ago and last weekend also won intercity multi events. Katia was one of the country's most promising young multi-events athletes but injury blighted her blossoming career.
Two of team Bartram's U17 athletes have also been in action. Lydia Randles competed at the AAA's in Birmingham in the 60mh competition In the 4th heat she improved her PB and qualified for the semi's. Running in the fastest semi spurred her to improve her lifetime best yet again and just missed the final qualifying time by 300th of a second.
At the National Indoors combined events last weekend, Marnie Wells - Nicholls started the day in impressive form registering the first of a string of PB's in the 60mh, high jump, shot put and long jump. Together the PB's gave Marnie a new improved indoor pentathlon points PB an increase of 283 points. She finished a credible 5th overall nationally and 3rd in the North.
Lydia, still feeling the effects of the AAA the weekend before, didn't really get going. A good 60mh started the day off followed by A PB in high jump. She finished with an improved indoor pentathlon points PB of 343pts.
Well done!! 2pb'S (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 09/03/2012 11:45
Britain's best athletes gathered at the weekend at Sheffield's EIS Arena for the National indoor Championships with the crème de la crème seeking qualification for the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March. It was a weekend of outstanding performances and Sale Harriers had as many as twenty athletes in the finals with several featured in the televised programme.
Our World Junior Bronze medallist, pole vaulter Andy Sutcliffe was the club's highpoint of the first day's competition when he moved into the big time winning his first senior UK title with a fantastic PB of 5m55cms and beating UK's No.1 in the process. "I'm really chuffed" he said, "I never wasn't expecting to go so high"
Seventeen year old Katie Byres also vaulted to a UK Junior record of 4m37cms and took the senior silver medal. It was also a fantastic weekend for club coach Julien Rafelli, who not only brought these two young athletes to the pinnacle of their success, but also coaches Britain's No 1 Holly Bleasdale who broke the stadium record and came within a whisker of breaking the world record.
European U23 bronze medallist, Andy Robertson, in the 60m, also moved his blossoming career onto the big time. Lined up among the heavyweights of the sprinting world, he pushed to the line Britain's No 1 sprinter, Dwain Chambers; took all the others as scalps, and though he just missed out on the gold medal he recorded a fantastic PB of 6.61(he'd also recorded a PB in the semi-final) that booked him his ticket to Istanbul. Andy's now won three age group National titles, two at U17 (60m and 200m) and one junior title 960m). He's also got a bronze medal from the European U23 100m Championships last year, as well as relay silver
Former commonwealth Youth Champion Abigail Irozuru also made a big breakthrough in the long jump in adding 10cms to her PB in taking the silver medal with a leap of 6m44cms. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Others who made the Finals were....
Posted 16/02/2012 09:09
At the Celtic Cup in Cardiff, Roy Ejiakuekwu grabbed some of the limelight from his training partner Clovis Asong. He recorded double wins in both 60m (in which he was a guest) and 200m. He also destroyed the field in his leg of the 200m leg relay and set up the win for the team. Ahtollah Rose was also a guest athlete in the triple jump. Her jump of 12.30m gave her an unofficial second place behind Nonny Mordi from Scotland
At the inter-City Challenge in Sheffield, Roy Ejiakuekwu again displayed his fine form in the 200m. He was narrowly beaten into second place by Conrad Williams (coached by Linford Christie), with a new indoor PB of 21.67. Conrad is 10 years Roy's senior, with Roy just turned seventeen
James Davies (U23 Long Jump) finished 5th. He unfortunately had five no jumps and got one safe jump in of 7.10cm. It was a frustrating day because he was jumping the furthest but kept fowling. Clovis Asong had a wake up call when he finished 3rd in the 400m even though he ran a new indoor PB of 48.18
International Jess Taylor, part of the GB team who won bronze medals at the recent multi-events International in Prague, again recorded her best series of jumps since changing her coach
This weekend these athletes will again feature in the Senior AAA as they've been invited to compete. Roy will feature in the 200m, Clovis in the 400m, James Davies in the Long jump and Ahtollah Rose in the Triple Jump
Posted 06/02/2012 16:51
During November/December 2011 and January 2012 Sale Harriers Manchester Primary section took part in the Greater Manchester Sports Hall League competing against 11 other athletics clubs at Sports city Manchester. The club entered athletes from the U11, U13 and U15 age groups competing in sprints, jumps throws and relay events. All athletes performed brilliantly leading the teams to
U11 boys coming 3rd overall
U11 girls coming 4th overall
U 13 and U15 athletes competed as individuals.
U 11 boys: Alex Newman, Nathan Booth, Ben Gilgrist, Brogan Rudman and Harry Boyd
U11 girls: Poppy Glasby-Seddon, Scarlet Whittaker, Stephanie Austin, Bethany Thornton, Eve Taylor and Anna Wilson
U13 Girls: Emma Lowe, Lucy Glasby-Seddon, Chloe Taylor.
U13 Boys: Jack Daly, Jacob Findell
U15 Girls: Megan Daly, Erin Taylor Annabel Dowd and Lauren Sturman
U15 Boys: Josh Booth
From the three league meetings, Alex Newman and Brogan Rudman were picked to represent Greater Manchester. On Sunday 29th January 2012, all the above athletes entered into the G.M.A - a county championship meeting with medals up for grabs. Sale had a successful day.
U15 Lauren Sturman won gold in Shot Putt
U15 Annabel Dowd won silver in Shot Putt
U15 Josh Booth won gold in Shot Putt
U11 Stephanie Austin won gold in Vertical Jump
U11 boys relay team won Bronze Alex Newman, Ben Gilgrist, Brogan Rudman and Harry Boyd.
Well done to all athletes that took part.
Posted 06/02/2012 08:50
Sale Harriers had a most successful outing to Sheffield over the weekend of January 14-15th. We had forty five athletes compete, coming away with 27 medals, clocking up two championship best performances, five gold medals, eight silver and thirteen bronze medals.
The first of two championship records came from Amy Williams, who first won the U15 long jump two years ago at age 12, broke the long standing record last year and improved it by 18cm this year for the hat-trick. Then came our recent and very welcome member, Kirsten McAslan, who smashed the U20 400m CBP by over two seconds, winning in 54.35. Tyra Watson and Cherisse Walley followed very close behind to give Sale 1-2-3.
Sale's U20 speed merchants, who took the limelight at the EIS stadium, was the ever-reliable Roy Ejiakuekwu, winning two gold medals. He comfortably cracked the seven second barrier in the U20 men's 60m, to clock 6.94, leading a field that included five (five!) SHM athletes out of eight starters. Gold number two came in the 200m, where he narrowly beat team-mate Nathan Selby to win in 22.01with Nathan reporting a massive pb of 22.03secs.
European and Commonwealth U17 400m champion, Clovis Asong moved into the U20 category with some style. Running majestically in third place with sixty metres to go, trapped behind two star performers who looked to be fighting it out for gold, he took the long way round, coming from behind with thirty metres to go, to win in 48.43, his courage and fitness winning the race, but the tactical error might have cost him the record.
Darren Hammond's 2m 05cm high jump proved too good for the opposition and he retained his senior men's high jump title with an identical performance...metronomic!
Silver medals are always impressive, but this year there were two outstanding examples: James Barratt equalled the previous CBP in the triple jump (14.37m) which would have been good enough for gold in any other year. Similarly, English Schools champion Ahtollah Rose was beaten in the U20 triple jump by just two centimetres - by the Junior World Champion who needed a CBP to beat Ahtollah. So close!
Big PB's were registered by James Barratt ( 14m 37cm) in the U/20 Triple jump; David Campbell soared over 3m 90cm in the U/17 pole vault; Jenna Hill added the 3000m silver to last year's 1500m silver medal with a fine PB of 9:47.92; Zenon Wisnewski 7.24/22.81 secs; Nathan Harris 7.36/23.53 secs; Chris McGahan 4m 06.51secs, Daniel Needham 8.36secs 60m Hurdles, Marnie Wells -Nichols 9.27secs U/20 hurdles, and Lydia Randles 9.35secs U/17 hurdles.
Sale Harriers Manchester is proud of all its members who represented the club in the Northern Championships and especially of the medallists:
Compiled by Jack Frost and Anthony Barber)
Posted 18/01/2012 14:47
After the recent Sale Open, the arrival of the Northern Championships was going to be a significant test for the two youngest members of Team Bartram.
Lydia Randles and Marnie Wells-Nicholls have been working hard through the gruelling winter training sessions. With two Sale Open meetings under their belts and a clutch of lifetime bests already, they were on their marks and ready to go! Lydia cruised through the 1st round of the U17W 60mh with a new lifetime best
and was all set for a battle against her closest rival and friend Olivia Montez-Brown in the final as Lydia had beaten Olivia the week before at the Sale Open.
However, the final was not the result Lydia would have wanted! After making a fantastic start, she clipped the 2nd hurdle and didn't complete the race and unfortunately her day was over. Very disappointed, but dignified in defeat, Lydia congratulated Olivia, and went away to evaluate the race.
Marnie was competing only for the 3rd time at U20W 60mh, although she is only 15 years old. Having competed in a couple of Sale Opens it was clear the u20w 60mh was going to be Marnie's target. So her 1st Championships at U20 was very daunting as the field was strong and there were athletes 3 years older than Marnie. From the start it was a close run race with Marnie being edged into 4th place. This on her 1st major competition at this age group was a fantastic achievement which she enhanced by running a massive lifetime best.
So, full of confidence. Marnie went into the long jump competition at her own age group of U17 hoping for a medal finish. It looked like a perfect weekend for the new Sale Harrier - after round 1 she was in the lead, which she managed to keep through round 2. Round 3 saw the pack catch her up and in round 4 and 5 her closest rivals were putting in a big effort. In the final round Marnie managed to pull a jump out of the bag and guaranteed herself 3rd place and a bronze medal. Overall a very satisfying weekend - Well done to you both!!
Lydia and Marnie are now training for the 3AAA's in Birmingham and the Combined Events competition in Sheffield. (By Les Randles LIMI)
Posted 18/01/2012 07:58
Vault Manchester, the annual meeting of UK Pole Vaulters took place on Saturday 14th January 2012 in Manchester for the seventh year in a row with over 80 vaulters. This is a very popular event , supported by UKA and Manchester City Council and is an opportunity for young vaulters to mix and compete with many of the UK's elite pole vaulters and this year was no exception with last year's UK indoor champion Max Eaves topping the bill.
There were thirteen athletes from Sale Harriers taking part, with Matt Cullen finishing 7th in the Elite Men (4m73) and Abi Haywood 6th in the Elite women (3m73). Matt and Abi have competed in all but one of the seven Vault Manchester competitions since they started in 2006.
Notable results came from David Campbell who won the U17M competition when he jumped a new PB of 3.83 (he went one better yesterday at the Northern Championships with another PB), Emma Andersson started her season with a new PB of 3.43 and Zac Harrop also PB'd with 2.73 whilst winning Silver in the U15B. Other Sale athletes taking part included Sale Harriers stalwart Jack Frost's grandson James Frost who jumped 2m 33 in his first competition. Other athletes to jump were: Jordan Bezzina (2m 43),Mathew Ogden (2m43), Lewis Hannan (2m43) winning Bronze in the U15B, Tim Jolly (3m53), Jacob Sutcliffe (3m63), Samara Mohtasham (2m73) and sister Serena (2m03)
Organiser Andy Byres, whose daughter Katie Byres jumped very well again with 4m 33 and third place on Saturday night in France, said:
"Once again Vault Manchester produced a great environment for vaulters of all levels. The music and fantastic atmosphere provided a great place for all the vaulters to start their season. It was terrific to see two national records, as a number of elite athletes work towards the the Olympics and World Junior Championships. The many personal bests seen in the junior age groups show a bright future ahead for the event and in particular for Sale Harriers having 13 vaulters competing
To view You Tube videos made by vault coaches Matt Cullen and Julien Rafelli click on the following links. http://www.youtube.com/user/madmancmatt1?feature=mhee#p/u and http://www.youtube.com/user/julien0520?blend=1&ob=video-mustangbase
Posted 18/01/2012 07:55
The club's junior men and women had their turn at the weekend to compete against the nation's best in the National Junior League Final held at Derby. They commended themselves very well finishing 6th and said team manager, Jack Frost, "This Final is always held at the end of a long season, and it was certainly encouraging to see the many athletes who turned out to support the club. The 6th position attained from the top 8 British clubs was deemed satisfactory, considering the many absentees"
Several outstanding performances were registered. Top of the pile was 16yr old Callum Roughneen's 49.21 sec 400metre run, whilst at the same distance Abigayel Fitzpatrick and Tyra Watson had scintillating runs, then continued their fine form, when anchoring the 4 x 400 relay squad. Charlotte Dickenson and Brogan Crowley threw well, plus Brogan's hurdle run was of the highest order. The Pole Vaulters Katie Byres, Jennie Hughes, Jacob Sutcliffe and Alex Wort, did the club proud, picking up 3 gold and a bronze awards.
The National Junior Athletic League was founded in 1989 with 16 men and 8 women's teams It's aim is to provide athletics competition for the under 20 age group with under 17's allowed to compete within the older age group. This then provides the necessary bridge from young athlete to senior competition.
The club say many thanks to the U/17 athletes for competing in this U/20 event, and the group of officials and helpers who completed our obligations. Full results will be found on http://www.nationaljuniorathleticleague.co.uk . A series of photos, generously provided by Andy Chubb from www.peverilphoto.com, can also be viewed from Wednesday onwards.
(Compiled by Jack Frost & Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:49