News - Track And Field
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The Northern Athletics Indoors Championships at the weekend at the well-established EIS Centre in Sheffield was the pinnacle of the winter and precursor to the outdoors T & F Season for vast numbers of the club's T & F athletes. The club had no less than seventy athletes compete in the five men and five women age-groups with amazing success. Virtually everyone achieved a season's best or a lifetime best performances and there was the usual haul of medallists. Sale athletes won 8 Northern titles, 12 silver medals and 9 bronze medallists. Two memorable highlights of the weekend were in the U20 60m final when six of the eight lined up were Sale athletes, and in the U20 200m final, Sale athletes won all three medals.
Congratulations to the gold medallists - Roy Ejiakuekwu (U20 60m). Jona Ofoloko (U15 60m), Kevin Metzger (U17 triple jump),Nathan Selby (U20 200m), Clovis Asong (U20 200m), Darren Hammond (Senior High Jump), Abigail Haywood (Senior pole vault) and Amy Williams (U17 long jump - also a Championship record and U17 triple jump).
Our silver medallists were Nathan Selby (U20 60m), Zenny Enechi (U15 60m and U15 long jump)),Chris Craig (Senior 200m), Daniel Heald (U20 200m), Kane Andrews (U17 200m), Kadeena Cox (senior 200m), Jenny Simmons, (Senior 400m), Beth Bolton (U20 400m), Josh Oguntayo (Senior 800m), Matt Cullen (Senior Pole Vault), Lisa James(U20 Long Jump,
Our bronze medallists were Callum Mc Clean (U20 60m), Aaron Crowley (Senior 200), Callum Roughneen (U20 200m), Tyra Watson (Senior 400m), Nick Samuels (Senior 800m and 1500m),Aimee Pratt (U17 1500m), Matt Holmes (U20 3000m), Suen Okome (U20 High Jump).
Finally, congratulations to those who achieved lifetime performances, the elixir of performance and you can never ask for better than that - Roy Ejiakuekwi, Callum Mc Clean, Kane Andrews, Jona Efoloko, Zenny Enechi, Lee Whiteley, Lamiko Thomas, Emmanuel Ajala, Jenny Simmons, Beth Bolton, Aimee Pratt, Ross Mc Cormick, Oliver Mc Cormick, Matthew Ogden, Ben Moseley, Amy Williams and Nathan Roach
(Written By Fechin Mc Cormick; photo courtesy of www.darkstarphotos.comand Anthony Barbet. Full results available at Power of 10 website)..
Posted 11/03/2013 09:27
TWO PROMISING PENTATHLETE STARS
The two youngest members of Chris Bartram's Sale group performed in the National Combined Event under 15 Championships in Sheffield at the weekend. Grace Boyer and Megan McHugh only recently joined Sale and completed their first ever pentathlon. The 1st event was the 60mtre hurdles and Grace achieved a fantastic 4/10ths PB. In the 2nd event long jump, it was Megan's turn to do a big PB. The shot putt saw both girls do two new PB's each. Megan improved from 6.69cms to a fantastic7.42cms and Grace from 7.09cms to 7.45cms. The high jump meant more PB's -1.35 to 1.36cms and magnificent improvement from 1.37 to 1.42cms for Megan. The final event 800m is every girl's favourite, particularly after 4 gruelling events. Both girls finished 2nd in their heat. Thirteen year old Grace finished 9th out of the top 40 competitors in the country. She also finished 3rd in the North and 2nd in the North West with 5 PB's. Twelve year old Megan finished 14th and 3rd in the North West and had 7 PB's. Two athletes of the future proved that Combined Events is in good hands.
Posted 11/03/2013 09:27
The fifth of the club's indoor promotions at Sportcity took place at the weekend. It was much quieter day than previous, mainly due to the age group England Championships held in Birmingham and the British Universities Championships in Sheffield.
However Seun Okome (U/20) soared over 1m 95cm in the high jump, and many club members, highlighted below, took the opportunity to establish career bests in various events.
Charlotte Worthington U/17 8.32secs
Christian Muzariri U/17 8.56secs
Njemeh Adam s U/17 8.82secs
Amie Page U/15 9.27secs
Bukly Ojo U/17 27.82secs
Maria McColin U/15 27.72secs
Christian Muzariri U/17 27.73secs
Abigayle Fitzpatrick U/23 39.90secs
Anthony Bruton U/15 41.82secs
60 m Hurdles
Anthony Bruton U/15 11.31secs
Courtney Leonard U/17 10.38secs
Ursula Trinler Sen 2m 45cms
Jack Sheldon U/20 12m 79cm
Jacob Lloyd U/17 10m 11cm
Meg McHugh U/15 6m 89cm
Full results can be obtain on Power of 10 and here (Written by Jack Frost) .
At the U15, U17 & U20 England Athletic championships Clovis Asong returned to top form by winning the U20 400m England title whilst Amy Williams won magnificent triple jump silver, Nathan Selby U20 200m silver and James Radcliffe U15 300m silver.
Posted 11/03/2013 09:26
With no club fixture last weekend, our youngsters were able to focus on a range of schools cross- country events in which they had considerable success.
Zara Thompson finished runner up in the National Independent Schools Championships whilst Luke Chesters and Claudia Cowan were also runners up in the Northern Schools Championships at Longford Park where Loreto Grammar won the girls championships with Claudia, Mairead Power and Ciara O'Neill all contributing to a comfortable team victory.
Cara Cunningham won the Trafford Catholic Schools event whilst Tess Mc Hugh and Charlie Hobson were clear winners in the Tameside Schools Primary championships whilst next day Charlie also won the NW biathlon (run and swim) championships.
At Crossford Bridge we held the final of the SHM Primary schools XC League. Lizzie Twite was a clear winner in the girls event from Alice Dale with Jess Mc Dowell 3rd. Jess was overall league champions with Laura Hole 2nd, and Jessica Spilsbury and Simisola Joseph equal 3rd. The girl's team championship went to Bowden Church School with Stamford Park 2nd and Well Green 3rd
Cameron Davis out sprinted Edward Layfield to win the boys event, with Bailey Hulse in 3rd place. In the overall league championship, Cameron, Edward and Bailey were again top three finishers whilst Bowden Church were again the dominant school with their A and B team finishing 1st and 2nd overall from Elmridge Primary in 3rd
Congratulations to Ann and Graham Marshall and the Primary section helpers for organising this successful event.
Posted 05/03/2013 09:07
One more superb day at Sportcity, with 300 athletes taking part. There was a very good turnout by club members, who took the opportunity to create many personal bests.
New member 19 years old Michael Piccoli cleared 1m 98 in the HJ, and Nathan Selby ducked under the 7sec barrier for the 60m with 6.96secs. 17 yr old Jacob Sutcliffe set a new lifetime best in the Pole Vault clearing 4m 15cm.
George Caddick and Brogan Crowley were presented with the Darren Campbell Young Athlete of the year awards for 2012.
Michael Rimmer sped round 600 metres majestically in 77.90secs.
Personal Bests recorded were as follows.
Nathan Selby 6.96s
Jack Seddon 7.18s
Nathan Harris 7.20s
Zenon Wisniewski 7.22s
Roman Brown 7.57s
Kieran Donnelly 7.76s
Jennifer Simmonds 8.02s
Meg McHugh 9.09s
Nathan Harris 22.81s
Romano Brown 25.00s
Jennifer Simmons 25.48s
Ross McCormick 9.02s
Oliver McCormick 9.66s
Meg McHugh 10.05
Pole Vault : Jacob Sutcliffe 4m 15cm
Nathan Roach 6m 23cm
Amie Page 4m 15cm
J'nae Ward 8m 49cm
Annabel Dowd 7m 92cm
Meg McHugh 6m 89cm
Full results attached, and accessed via Power of 10. Jack Frost
Posted 07/02/2013 16:47
Sale youngsters had a tremendous day at the County Schools Championships on Saturday winning 4 individual titles, 10 individual medals and 16 county selections across all age-groups.
The Greater Manchester Schools Championships were held at Leigh Sports village and with the first 8 across the line in each race gaining county selection, our athletes faced fierce competition.
In the senior girl's race, Megan Davies won by a comfortable margin and has now won the county title in all age groups. Irmani Modahl had an incredible race to finish 4th to gain her first county selection whilst Chloe Yates was 11th. In the senior boy's race, Chris Middleton was unable to defend his title but his 4th place in his first race after injury was encouraging. Alex Bradford finished 8th and will make his county debut. Well done to England International Ryan Moore who won the Lancashire title by a large margin.
In the inter girls race, three Sale girls gained county selection with Aimee Pratt 3rd, Amber Towns 5th and Catherine Podmore 7th whilst Flora Whyte finished 11th. Adam Roden had his best run of the winter to finish runner up in the Derbyshire schools whilst Christy O'Brien in 9th place was the club's highest finisher at Leigh.
The junior girl's age-group was our strongest with Zara Thompson a clear winner of the Cheshire title with Ellie Twite in 5th place whilst at Leigh Aine Cunningham finished in silver medal position with Olivia Green 3rd Ciara Lydon 5th, Francesca Brint 9th and Claudia Cowan 11th. In the junior boy's race Dillon Burchill finished 7th and Adam Kinghorn 8th to gain County selection.
There is no English Schools Championships for Year 7 athletes, so County selection was not at stake in the youngest age-group. Niamh Nugent had a tremendous run to win the minor girl's race with a sprint finish whilst Tia Blisset had her best run of the winter to finish 4th. Luke Chesters showed a welcome return to form to finish runners-up in the boy's race whilst Oliver Hole finish 9th and James Peel finished 10th.
This was a tremendous day for Sale Harriers and a special well done to the four who four individual title winners (Niamh, Zara, Megan and Ryan); the 10 individual medals and 16 county selections across all age-groups. (Presented by coach Peter Shaw)
Posted 05/02/2013 09:04
A very busy 3rd meeting of the series of six indoor meeting the club is hosting at Sportcity saw another excellent turn out by club members. Twenty- four club members contested the 60m, and nineteen were part of thirty-five 200m races. Nathan Selby led the 60m runners with 7.10secs, and then fought a torrid battle with club mate Aaron Crowley to win in 21.73secs to 21.86secs. Josh Oguntayo was the pick of the 600m runners clocking a pb of 1m 20.72secs. Jennifer Simmons impressed in her 600m winning in 1m 36.13s. Matt Cullen soared over 4m 80cm in the PV, with Jacob Sutcliffe also over 4m. There was also a welcome return to the track for Rebecca Wilson. Her clocking of 7.75secs was brilliant after being away from the track for approx 3 years. Abigayle Fitzpatrick was also in fine form in both sprints.
Full results available on Power of 10, also available here
(Presented by Jack Frost.)
Posted 08/01/2013 14:26
While everyone else tucks-in to their turkey dinners, Sale multi-eventers are preparing for the traditional peak of their indoor season, the National Indoor Championships, held in Sheffield over the weekend of the 5th and 6th January 2013. This years' competition proved to be stuffed full with goodies for our talented athletes.
On top of the tree sit Jack Andrew and Daniel Needham who both came away from the gruelling two-day schedule with England medals in the Under 23 competition; Jack with silver and Daniel with bronze. These honours are a reward for the great strength of character displayed by these two promising athletes in their widely different paths to this competition.
Jacks return to top flight competition and top flight performances after lengthy rehabilitation from his series of injuries looks now to be complete. Solid and reliable outcomes from the Day One disciplines left him in seventh position overnight, confident of putting pressure on those above him with a favourable day two schedule to come. This proved to be the case and his storming run to a new personal best time in the final 1000m heat of the competition (along with the withdrawal of two high-placed Sheffield athletes) lifted him to second in the Under 23 listing and gave him gold in the Northern Championships with a points total of 5131. With international selection guaranteed to compete in Valencia at the end of the month, we look forward to his performances in the rest of the year.
Daniel performed admirably to share both podia earning a bronze in the National U23 Championship and a silver in the Northern. This represents a terrific return on his decision to compete in multi-events and should encourage him further even though he ended the competition in severe pain, a testament to the high physical demands that this sport makes. Outstanding new p.b.'s in Shot Putt, Pole Vault and Long Jump sat very well alongside his expected strengths in the sprint and sprint hurdles to give Daniel an impressive points total of 5097. Aside from the gruelling core strength and conditioning demands made by two days of tough competition which told in the final event, he did not look out of place at any time in this new direction for him and he should feel that he can compete at the highest levels.
Nowhere was the commitment to compete more apparent than when Brogan Crowley dragged herself out of her sick bed to achieve a tremendous bronze medal in the England U20 Women's Championship. Without ever achieving individual discipline breakthroughs, she managed to hold her body together sufficiently on the day to counter the flu bugs racing through her veins which had kept her bed-bound for the two days previously and record a satisfactory third place overall and silver medal in the Northern championships. Hopefully the prospect of an international outing in Spain will refill her with seasonal sparkle at the end of the month.
Adding more sparkle and glitter to the championships than the decorations on a festive tree, Jess Taylor competed well in the Senior Women's championship registering an eighth place finish which was enough to win a deserved bronze medal in the Northern contest. A little down on her very best nevertheless gutsy performances all round from her kept the eventual winners on their toes all day.
The same could be said for Alex Wort competing in his first Senior competition having moved up an age group. Solid and improving performances in the 60m sprint, Shot Putt and hurdles showed that he has taken the step up to this level of competition and can achieve much once he has eliminated the mental block which once again prevented him registering a height in the Pole Vault.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls briefly rose to third after a good High Jump in the second discipline of the day in the U20 Women's championship but weaknesses in the Shot Putt and 800m again undermined her bid for honours and she lapsed to tenth place in the end.
All enquiries; Chris Bartram, Sportcity.(Written by Allan Wort)
Posted 08/01/2013 08:15
CLUB PROMOTION - INDOORS
The opening Sale indoor meeting at Sportcity last Sunday was an excellent introduction to the Indoor season. Pole vaulter Harry Coppell (16) soared to two personal bests of 5m 05cm and then a brilliant 5m 11cm. High jumper Darren Hammond was majestic, gracefully easing his frame over 2m, 2m 06cm and the 2m 10cm, before calling a day after one attempt at 2m 15cm.
At one stage Harry and Darren were attempting 5m 15cm and 2m 15cm at the same time. It was certainly a unique occasion.
Sale athletes featured extensively, main results being.
60 metres: Jacob Brown 7.13s, Charles Burke 7.18s, Emanuel Ajalu 7.39s, Jonus Efoloko 7.65s, Alex Bellis 7.80s, Thomas Smith 7.80s, James Radcliffe 7.92s, J Nae Ward 8.52s, Taylor Saville 8.43s (pb)
60m Hurdles: Daniel Needham 8.18s (pb), Alyssia Carr 9.15s, Meg McHugh 10.41s (pb).
300m: Denver Morrison-Massey 37.32s (pb) Alex Bradford 39.77s, Jennifer Simmonds 40.42s (pb), Abigayle Fitzpatrick 41.10s, Alyssia Carr 41.54s, James Radcliffe 40.45s, Alex Bellis 40.89s
600m: Kyle Conway 87.44s.
Long Jump: Daniel Needham 6m 83cm (pb), Lloyd Robbins 6m 27cm, J Nae Ward 4m 71cm, Meg McHugh 3m 39cm.
Shot: Jacob Lloyd 9m 96 (pb), jasmine Burke 9m 10cm, J Nae Ward 7m 83cm(pb), Lauren Sturnam 7m 79cm )pb)
High Jump: Darren Hammond 2m 10cm, Seun Okome 1m 85cm, Daniel Needham 1m 85cm (pb), Chris Bradley 1m 80cm, Rory Boath 1m 65cm.
Posted 04/12/2012 10:45
Chris Bartram's multi-events group experienced a weekend of hopes being dashed at the English Schools Combined Events Championships held in Bedford this last weekend. At one time they looked on course to win the Senior Boys and Senior Girls titles and a medal in the Intermediate Girls. In the end only Alex Wort came away with any metal by taking creditable silver in his final age group competition.
But that doesn't come close to telling the tale of his championship. Going into it as the Indoor Champion and silver medallist at the English National Championships held earlier in the summer, he anticipated only a strong challenge from the winner of that competition and that proved to be the case; down by nearly 400 points overnight despite new PB's in the 100m (11.69s) and High Jump (1.75m) he nevertheless maintained his positive outlook by recognising that he took nearly that amount off his rival on the second day before.
The second day dawned and saw him race to a substantial benefit in the 110m Hurdles, follow that up with a new PB in the Discus (34.95m) and head for the Pole Vault with high hopes of hauling the rest of the deficit back should he manage a height around his best. Unfortunately, in the high winds he managed to produce no height and his tilt at the gold was over. He courageously performed well in the remaining javelin and 1500m events to take a creditable silver and finish his Under 20 career.
Brogan Crowley was on fire for the first day of her attempt at the Senior Girls heptathlon title producing a string of performances that left her with a remarkable points total overnight and only Danielle McGifford for company. A new personal best of 13.85s for the 100m Hurdles saw her rocket into the overall lead and beat the Championship record, a high jump performance within a centimetre of her lifetime best saw her maintain it, a new Shot Putt PB of 11.56m scored her even more points and she ended the day with another new best of 25.38s for the 200m.
Yet overnight she reacted to the days events with soreness in her ankle which the first event of the second day, the Long Jump, worsened. In pain and limited in her movements, she only managed a below par jump and was forced to recognise the obvious, that to continue competing would only worsen the damage. A disappointing end to her competition but she should take away the knowledge that she was on course for an exceptional points total above 5000, the mark of a terrific heptathlete. We all wish her well in her recovery this winter.
It was the normal tale of two different days for Marnie Wells-Nicholls in the Intermediate Girls heptathlon. A first day that included a personal best run in the 80m Hurdles (11.97s) and competitive performances in the Shot Putt, High Jump and 200m left her in fifth place overnight. But this was to prove the high watermark of her championships as she slid down the results table throughout the second day with marks in the Long Jump, Javelin and 800m that were quite good for her but at this level proved to be under par in eventually finishing twelfth.
Lynda Randles had another solid weekend of competition and proved once again to be a good County and training group team member. She produced new personal bests in the shot putt (8.95m) and the 800m (2m 44.20) achieving her new heptathlon best points total of 3467. Well done.
Overall it was frustrating that Alex and Brogan could only come so close to repeating the remarkable achievements of their training group partners from two years ago rather than emulating them although Brogan can try again next year and may have the consolation that her hurdles time qualifies for the European Juniors Championships in 2013. What they have achieved has been notable and gives them a good platform for the future. (Produced by Allan Wort)
Posted 18/09/2012 14:26