News - Track And Field
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Fechin Mc Cormick
The highpoint of the club’s young multi-eventer’s winter training came in Sheffield with their U17 and U15 Indoor Combined Events championships. It was a weekend to challenge and thrill every athlete, coach and parent. and was one of the best national finals ever for the club. The Championship incorporated the Midland Counties, Northern Athletics and Welsh U17 Championships so athletes winning National medals also took home regional titles as well as their National titles and medals. With athletes competing over 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m and a final pentathlon (women) and heptathlon (men) count, there was much to battle for. The club’s four multi-eventers who took part had a great weekend - U17 Harry Lord, U17 J’nae Ward, U15 Grace Bower and U15 Meg Mc Hugh with everyone recording new lifetime best performances in almost all their events and some winning important and much-valued regional and national medals.
J’NAE was 3rd nationally in the U17 pentathlon and also became the Northern pentathlon champion. She also recorded four lifetime bests in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles and the pentathlon and now ranks 12th on the UK all time points total.
HARRY: This was Harry’s first competition and he finished 9th overall. Harry won the U17 1000m race and was third in the shot putt . He had a great weekend, recording lifetime best performances in the 60m, 60m hurdles, pole vault, long jump, shot and a new heptathlon PB of 4169 points and crowned the Northern Champion.
GRACE BOWER: Grace was 6th overall and recorded five lifetime best performances in the U15 800m, 60m hurdles, shot and a new pentathlon point’s total. She’s also crowned the Northern champion
MEG Mc HUGH: Meg was 7th overall and runner-up in the Northern Championships and recorded five lifetime best performance - the 800m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and a new pentathlon point’s total.
The club congratulates these talented youngsters who make such a massive difference every summer to their team’s success by winning points in numerous disciplines. Thanks also to their coaches and back-up team and especially to coach Chris Bartram currently recovering from illness.
Posted 10/03/2014 10:09
~~The weekend’s major event was the England Athletics U20, U17 and U15 indoor championships at Sheffield, the pinnacle of the winter indoors season for Britain’s young athletes. There were 25 medals up for grabs across the age-groups over the two days of exciting performances. It was a fantastic weekend of athletics and we had our own reporter, men’s BAL team manager Dean Hardman there reporting for England Athletics.
Posted 03/03/2014 17:35
The 5th Indoor promotion at Sportcity once again attracted athletes from far and wide. Matthew Ashley ( Notts AC) gave an awesome display of high jumping clearing a PB of 2m 05cm. Turnout was very high ( 339 competitors) considering that the National U15,17 and U20 championships were being held at Sheffield.
Jessica Taylor was in fine form, an 8.85sec 60m hurdle race, followed by a PB in the 60m flat of 7.70secs. She was well supported by Shaunna Thompson (7.79secs) and Zavia Hil (7.79secs). Carl Dickinson led the men sprinters with a 7.05sec clocking.
Once again a fine turnout by the Club members (38) produced some fine personal best performances as depicted below. Full detailed results can be found on the Power of 10.
60m: Courtney Leonard U17 8.48secs: Diane Winchote U15 7.97secs: Rhys Parker U15 8.48secs: Rebecca Heys U15 8.63secs:
60m Hurdles: Courtney Leonard U17 9.59secs: Grace Bower U15 9.75secs:
200m: George Paynes U20 24.33secs: Ellis Goldie U17 23.97secs: Kirstin Mcnally U17 27.72secs: Diane Winchote U15 25.68secs:
600m: Tess McHugh U13 106.49secs.
High Jump: Zamere Zarai U17 1m 65cm: Luke Moloney U17 1m 60cm: Grace Bowyer U15 1m 50cm: Michel Odejimi U15 1m 45cm.
Long Jump: Rebecca Heys U15 4m 36cm: Callum O’Malley U20 5m 70cms
Shot: Emma Lowe U15 8m 40cm.
Posted 03/03/2014 17:28
The 4th indoor meeting featured outstanding performances by our young athletes. Seun Okome
(18) soared over 2 pbs with 2m 02cm then 2m 05cm in the High Jump. Kevin Metzer (16) triple
jumped 13m 72cm, Jack Sheldon propelled the shot 14m 50cm. Umar Hameed ( 6.89s) and Denver
Morrison-Massey (7.20s) both recorded pbs in the 60m.
Ehis Llozobhie (15) was in fine form registering 3 pbs in the PV 2m 48cm, HJ 1m 50cm and a 7.54s
60m, whilst Harry Lord cleared 2m 93cm in the pv and then threw 11m.57cm in the shot, both pbs.
A warm welcome back from injury was accorded to Shaunna Thompson who replied with a fast 60m
sprint of 7.62secs, and Aaron Crowley sped to a very quick 21.82s 200metres.
Rory Keen was very busy indeed, 60m in 7.84s, 200m in 25.45s and a 600m in 1.37.3.
Likewise Hayaat Bah-Traore had a 60/200m double pbs with 8.18s and 27.26s.
Ursular Trinler eased her frame over 3m 08cm in the PV, and Nathan Roach reached 6m 45cm in the
Many other club members registered personal bests, full detailed results HERE
Posted 06/02/2014 17:41
On a day where Sale Harriers athletes managed some fantastic results amongst the North of Englands finest, Jona Efoloko stood out, not only breaking the North of England record in his heat (7.12) of the u15 60m, he then went on to win the final in another Championship record time of 7.10 seconds.
Ayla Hewitt who is still a primary athlete gained valuable experience in her heat and a new pb of 31.40 for the 200m.
Lois McTiffin got a new pb in her heat (28.80) who carried a slight pull going into the final.
Tess McHugh also made it to the final and finished a creditable 5th position and a new pb of 28.78.
Meg McHugh not to be outdone by her younger sister came 5th in the 60mtr hurdles and a new pb in the shot put of 9.50 and finish 4th.
Alexa McTiffin really made the most of her weekend, she competing in the Greater Manchester Cross Country the day before, and turned in style showing her real ability in the 800m and decided to use "her tactics" to finish a very good 2nd position and a silver medal.
Ben Moseley also competed in the long jump and a distance of 4.89 and a seasons best.
Full Results HERE
Posted 05/02/2014 00:01
The weekend’s third of six winter indoor meetings at The Ethiad Campus – club promotions was the most successful ever. Four hundred competitors took part, with the club having over 60 representatives. Clovis Asong was in sparkling form over 600m, holding off a determined Josh Oguntayo, clocking 78.90 secs. Jono Efoloko ( U/15) registered fine marks in the U/15 age group. 60m (7.11secs) and 200m (22.73secs).
An unfortunate injury to Nathan Booth, competing in the HJ, put a damper on the proceedings. Taken to hospital by ambulance, it was revealed he had a broken leg, resulting in an overnight stay and planned operation Monday morning. Best wishes Nathan for a successful recovery. Many personal bests were established, listed below.
Umar Hameed 7.00s
Jono Efoloko (U15) 7.11s
Liam Grey Thompson 7.33s
Filix Tighe 7.45s
Ellis Goldie (U17) 7.47s
Sunday Muka (U17) 7.57s
Kobefo Ntabejane 7.64s
Henry Oyenuga (U17) 7.75s
Maurice Jarvis (U17) 7.76s
Darnell Bell (U15) 7.84s
Kelly Chadwick (U15) 7.95s
Hyaat bar-Traore (U17) 8.21s
Georgina Alexander (U17) 8.41s
Laurelle Obi (U13) 8.67s
Kirsten McNally (U17) 8.68s
Rhys Parker ( U15) 8.71s
Kieran Burlinson (U15) 8.73s
Jona Efoloko (U15) 22.73s, Felix Tighe 23.14s, Kobefo Ntebejane 24.38s, Abigayle Fitzpatrick 24.47s, George Payne 24.87s, Riordan Irvine 25.47s, Maurice Jarvis 26.67s.
Clovis Asong 78.90secs, Callum Roughneen 82.32s, Tess McHugh (U13) 108.90s.
60m Hurdles. Meg McHugh (U15) 9.72s
High Jump. Michael Odejimi (U/15) 1m 45cm
Pole Vault. Ebbie Danson-Chappell 3m 02cm
Shot. Jack Sheldon (U20) 13.49cm, Annabel Dowd 8m 53cm.
Full details can be obtained from the Power of 10.
Posted 07/01/2014 08:12
Promoter Jack Frost
The second Indoor club promotion T & F meeting at Sportcity at the weekend was another fine day of athletics, with over 300 participants. The fastest 60m runner was Nyef Iman (formally Abed) clocking 6.93 secs, but the most eye catching performance was by 14 year Jona Efoloko . His 7.18 sec time was faster than Andy Robertson did at a similar age. Seun Okome leapt to a most satisfying 2 metres in the high Jump, and Josh Oguntayo had a torrid battle in the 600 metres, setting a new pb of 80.53secs. It was also an excellent turnout by Sale athletes, and many personal bests were set, highlighted below.
Jono Efoloko U/15 7.18 secs
Lamiko Thomas U/20 7.29 secs
Alex Wort U/23 7.45 secs
Ellis Goldie U/17 7.58 secs
Jacob Lingard U/20 7.68 secs
Maurice Jarvis U/17 7.82 secs
Hayaat Bak-Traore U/17 8.31 secs
Rebecca Heys U/15 8.65 secs
Kirsten McNally U/17 8.71 secs
Elizabeth Kelly U/17 8.99 secs
Alex Wort U/23 8.61 secs
Meg McHugh U/15 9.86 secs
Alex Wort U/23 1m 75cms
Jack Daly U/15 1m 51 cms
Rebecca Heys U/15 4m 21 cms
Ellis Goldie U/17 53.51 secs
Rebecca Heys U/15 66.57 secs
Elizabeth Kelly U/17 66.80 secs
Josh Orguntayo U/23 80.53 secs
Kyle Conway U/20 85.81 secs
Aimee Pratt U/17 100.25 secs
Imani Modahl U/20 100.51 secs
Eleanor Twite U/15 101.92 secs
Alexa McTiffin U/15 103.43 secs
Tess McHugh U/13 110.06 secs.
Matt Holmes U/20 84:35secs
Full results can be obtained from the Power of 10.
Posted 17/12/2013 09:42
Fechin Mc Cormick
The second of the club’s two National YDL (Youth Development League) finals of the weekend was also at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium - the Wembley of British athletics, and this time involved the club’s older U17 & U20 age groups. They competed against the country’s top Premier clubs of 2013–Birchfield Harriers, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, Rugby & Northampton AC, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, Team Edinburgh, Team Glasgow and Windsor, Slough & Eton AC. The latter club won the Championship title with Sale Harriers seventh – no mean achievement among such reputable clubs. It’s particular thanks to the athletes who gave their ‘all’, running, jumping and throwing with inspiring commitment and to their coaches and team managers, Karen Lannon and Jack Frost who put the whole ‘act’ together.
Thanks to the club’s 64 athletes, it was a day packed with classy competition as exciting as any televised senior Grand Prix and included the same, almost deafening, cheers from enthusiastic supporters in the stand on the home straight. There was good reason for the excitement! You should have witnessed the power, speed and competitiveness of club printers Jack Seddon, Josh Halson, Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski, Sunday Muka, Lamiko, Denver Massey, Elin Jones, Charlotte Worthington, Beth Bolton, Christina Muzarami, Imani Modahl, Tayle Saville and Gabby George who strained every sinew amidst tough competition to give it their very best and win maximum points for the club. The most exciting of all the day’s cheers was undoubtedly in the U20 men’s 4 x 400m relay. You should have seen the power-house that’s Clovis Asong storm his first leg to win by 60m followed by Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski and Kobefo Ntabejane who executed as impressive a victory as exciting as any Jamaican quartet.
The ‘bursting at the seams’ talent and promise of those who won their events - Kevin Metzger (who did a PB in the long jump), Joshua Booth (Discus), Josh Hobson (100m), Megan Davies (1500m), Brogan Crowley (100m hurdles), Natasha Wilson (Javelin), Emily Cummings (a SB in the High jump), Aimee Pratt (Steeplechase), J’Nay Ward (High jump) and Jacob Sutcliffe (Pole Vault), were worth more gold than the weight of their medals for the maximum points they ‘bagged’ for the club.
Many of these also competed in several other events and further maximized their points for the club. Talented Gabby George finished top three in three other events (including a PB in the 300m and both relays); multi-eventer Brogan Crowley (great to have her back after prolonged injury) was also 2nd in the javelin and 3rd in the shot; J’Nay Ward, as well as winning her high jump, produced late season PB’s in the long jump and 80m hurdles and also ran a relay; Callum Roughneen was prepared to do four events but opted for the 400m and both relays; Kevin Metzger doubled his points tally for the club by further excellent performances in the triple jump and a relay; Clovis Asong, in his first outdoor competition of the season, also did the discus, javelin and shot even though he’d not competed in these for over three years.
Other multi-eventers who made a massive club contribution were Annabel Dowd (Hammer, Javelin and Shot), Alex Bradford (800m & 2000m s/c), Imani Modahl (400m, 1500m s/c, & relay), Sunday Muka (100m & relay), Zak Harrop (javelin & pole-vault), Beth Bolton (200, 400m & relay) and Lydia Randles (100m hurdles & relay).
These weren’t the only ones! Ryan Moore (1500m), Matt Holmes (2000m s/c), Seun Okomo (High jump), Bolu Tiete (Triple jump), Chris Bradley (High Jump), Bradley Yates (800m), Adam Roden (3000m), Zak Harrop (Pole Vault), Lisa James (Triple Jump) and Bukky Ojo (Triple jump) displayed impressive artistry, technical maturity and tactical expertise that belied their younger years in the execution of their events and deservedly won their r silver or bronze medals.
Confidence and team loyalty are crucial in an athlete’s development and for team success and these were displayed by the bucket-full among our U17 youngsters prepared to represent the club in the older U20 age group. Athletes such as U17 Aimee Pratt who finished 4th in the U20 800m and won the U20 steeplechase beating every other athlete also U20) and others like her - Charlotte Worthington (100m & relay), Jacob Lingard (long jump & triple jump); Jacob Lloyd (Discus, hammer & javelin), Riordan Irvine (long jump), Bolu Tiete (Triple Jump), Catherine Podmore (800m), Rachel Hibbert (800m and discus), Hannah Simeen (3000m & 400m), Maddie Hole (3000m), Hannah Christy (400m hurdles) & 1500m), Lauren Sturman (Hammer & Discus), Lisa James (Triple Jump and Bukky Ojo (Triple Jump and relay) and Christina Muzarami (200m) all deserve a big clap on the back for the points they won in much tougher competitions.
Others deserving a big clap on the back because they competed despite being unwell and still won important club points were the likes of Gabby George, Zenon Wisniewski, Jack Seddon, Denver Massey, Chris Mc Gahan, Allysia Carr, Matt Metcalfe, Kyle Conway, Elin Jones and Eve Gibson (The club extends heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to Eve Gibson and her family on the recent, very sudden death of her dear dad).
Every single point counted towards the final tally and those others who added to the final tally were Kyle Conway (3000m), Khalid Absiyeh (3000m), Matt Holmes (2000m s/c).Chris Bradley (High jump), Euan Gilchrist (1500m), Tayla Saville (100m & relay), Flora Whyte (1500m), Amber Towns (3000m), Megan Daly (Triple jump), Courtney Leonard (Relay), Kate Hill (Relay) and Christina Muzarami (Relay).
Thanks to every single person who went to the Alexander Stadium-athlete, coach, team manager, official, photographer, parent or supporter for your whole Sunday to compete or support the athletes and team . All of you have made Sale Harriers proud and successful and contributed again to maintaining the club’s national standing. Thanks also to former club athlete pentathlete Katia Lannon who produced a tremendous motivational video for the event. It can still be viewed on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMxFpL-zVI. Photographs from the day are available at www.hsphotos.co.uk. Thanks also to Carl Worthington who again has also provided a number of fantastic photographs. (10/09/2013)
Posted 10/09/2013 07:24
The final stage of the YDL campaign was for our youngsters to represent the North of England as current Northern Champions in the National Final in Birmingham against Britain’s best eight teams. Competing against the Scottish, Irish and Welsh champions gave our athletes the first taste of international competition with victory going to Enfield AC with Sale in a highly creditable fourth place , one place higher than last year and beating last year’s champions, Edinburgh AC. The high level of competition from very talented athletes some of whom will go on to become future British Internationals was amazing. Sale Harrier athletes were placed on the medal table with 16 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Ellie Jackson was our star U13 athlete winning the 70m hurdles in 11.22 seconds which is a PB, a club record and amongst the fastest electrical time ever run for a girl of her age, long-jumping 4.74m and running 19.93 seconds for 150m. Our other squad members were Harriet Leah, Leyla Nealon, Beth Thornton, Tia Blissett, Niamh Nugent, Lizzie Twite, Tess Mc Hugh, Josie Canham and Verity Garnes. In the boy’s events Dane Winchcole was the only Sale boy to bag three gold medals with a sprint double and then teaming up with Rhys Parker, Finn McEwan – Patterson and Connor Patterson to win the relay by a clear margin. Other team members were Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd, Connor Keys, Tom Barrett, Euan Murphy, Nathan Booth and Michael Odejimi.
Northern Champion Kelly Chadwick was our star athlete in the U15 events winning three gold medals including victories in both sprints by big margins. Another of our Northern champions Annie Williams won the pole vault to remain unbeaten this season. Other team members to perform with great credit were Isobelle Reynolds-Duffy, Maria Mc Polin, Aine Cunningham, Danielle Stringer, Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon, Meg Mc Hugh, Grace Bower, Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe, Olivia Ashworth and Zenni Enechi. James Ratcliffe was our most medalled athlete in the U15 boy’s events with 2 golds and 1 silver including an impressive victory over 300m. English schools champion Jona Efoloku had to settle for 2nd place behind Scottish champion Michael Olsen who is a year older. Jona will be back next year to dominate this age-group. Other members of this very strong squad of athletes were Kieran Donnely, Darnel Bell, Adam Kinghorn, Dylan Battick, Jake Spilsbury, Dylan Birchill, Oliver Mc Cormick, Ehise Isolobhie, Jonathan Adderley, Anthony Bruton, Will Schofield, Jaimal Brown, Rory Canham, Ben Moseley and Jack Daly
The atmosphere, cheers and support from the Sale camp along the home straight was astonishing, inspiring many of our athletes to get across the line first in a close fought race. Such success would not have been possible without the stalwart work of team managers Dave Marsh and Carl Worthington and so many other backroom people like coaches, parents and officials. A final thanks to Fechin Mc Cormick for organizing the Sale Harrier team T-shirts supported by Databaz who build the club new website . The team really stood out on what turned out to be a day blessed with glorious sunshine. Finally, thanks to former club athlete pentathlete Katia Lannon who produced a tremendous motivational video for the event. It can still be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMxFpL-zVI. Photographs from the day are available at www.hsphotos.co.uk. Thanks also to Carl Worthington who again has also provided a number of fantastic photographs.
Posted 10/09/2013 07:23
Written and Produced by Katia Lannon
I have compiled a motivational video for everyone to view, I hope this inspires you all.
Posted 09/09/2013 15:00