News - Track And Field
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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
The two matches contested this year in the National Junior League for the club's U20 men and women have gone particularly well for the club. The first match was Wavertree on April 29th was abandoned through heavy rain).The second match in Gateshead saw the club narrowly defeated by a mere 8 points from Team Edinborough, but reversed that result at Wakefield last weekend (22nd July), winning by 20pts.
This was deemed one the finest club victories of recent years, with both men and women overcoming gaps in events caused by holidays and injuries, but found the athletes competing performing brilliantly to overcome this deficit. Strong representations in the sprints were led by Roy Ejiakuekwu, Nathan Selby, Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski , Denver Morrison-Massey and Olivia Callaghan set the scene for exiting relay results. Charlie Hulson, Ryan Moore and Callum Greenwood were the backbone of a dominant middle distance squad.
Multi-events also had a field day. Brogan Crowley, Marnie Wells-Nicholls ( 15.30 hurdles PB) and Alex Wort all had point scoring doubles, but Jack Sheldon had 2 pbs in his Hammer/Discus/Javelin treble, and Joshua Booth scored well in his 3 events. Charlotte Dickinson threw majestically in the Javelin and Discus.
In fact there were many more notable performances, which put the club well in contention of competing in the National Final at Derby on Sunday 9th Sept.
Current League Positions, of the Northern Premier League.
(Presented by team manager Jack Frost. Photographs thanks to www.darkstarphotography.com and Carl Worthington
Posted 31/07/2012 12:30
Sale sent a number of girl's teams to the Cheshire Relay Championships where they met with great success despite stiff competition from ten other clubs. Our teams finished first in two races and runners-up in three more. A well-drilled U13 team of Aimee Page, Rebecca Heys, Tia Blisset and Maria Mc Polin won the sprint relay with some slick baton changing.
In the U15 sprint relay, there was little between the top four teams until the last leg when Amy Williams had a brilliant run to take the championship for Sale and win gold medals for herself and fellow team members Charlotte Worthington, Isobel Reynolds-Duffy and Anabel Kitchen. Amy, Charlotte and Isobel then teamed up with Mattie Yates to win silver medals in the medley relay.
In the U15 3 x 800m relay, the Sale team of Flora Whyte, Hannah Simeen and Catherine Podmore finished runners up to a strong Warrington squad in a race involving eleven teams. Sale were also silver medallists in the U11 3 x 600m relay despite managing to drop the baton at one change-over with Poppy Glasby-Seddon, Beth Thornton and Lizzie Twite runners up to a powerful squad from local rivals Manchester Harriers.
A special thanks to team manager Carl Worthington without whom this team success would not have been possible.
Posted 27/07/2012 10:08
Four Sale Harriers are among the 78 track and field athletes
chosen by the British Olympic Association for the London 2012
Olympic Games and others are selected for their own nations.
Posted 10/07/2012 09:35
The English Schools' summer athletic season reached its pinnacle in Gateshead Stadium at the weekend. Known as the 'Kids' Olympics' for the quality and talent of the competition with many going on to become Britain's top senior athletes, this year's English Schools Championships produced haul of 8 gold medals, two silver and one bronze for club members.
Posted 10/07/2012 09:35
The second fixture of the UK Women's Premier League season held at Windsor was not a too happy occasion, with injuries and late withdrawals hitting the team badly. However there were many highlights, such as Katie Byres winning with a 4m 10cm clearance, which then allows her to focus her mind entirely towards the World Juniors to be held in Barcelona later this month. Emma Perkins 1m 80cm high jump into a headwind was a feature, as was Kirsty Law's 53m 42cm Discus 2nd spot. Kirsty along with Alison Rodger contested 3 throw events with distinction, and Rosie Semenytsh contributed her usual solid javelin throw. Katherine Endacott 11.76secs and 23.64s doubled in the sprints and was happy with her performance, as was Lucy Evans competing in the 'B' races recording 11.97s and 24.07s respectively. Jenna Hill contributed a fine 2m 11.81s 800 metres, and what a welcome sight once again to see Louise Whittaker flowing along in the 3000m for a fine second place in 9m 34.49s. Holly Belch's return to competition after 18 months ran splendidly in both hurdles events. Also Windsor was the scene for debutants, Jasmine Burke ( hammer), Samara Mohtasham (PV) and a very busy Lauren Bowen ( LJ,HJ and TJ) all contributing valuable points.
(Written by deputizing Team manager Jack Frost)
Posted 05/07/2012 09:21
A victory and an Olympic B standard for Alex Smith in the
hammer, a glorious 800m and 1500m double for Dave Proctor and
further A string wins for Andy Robertson and Matt Barnes in 100m
and 3000m were the highlights for the club at the second BAL
Premiership match of the summer at Hendon on Saturday. The team
took a total of 319 points, an incredible 209 of which were from
track events, as they put the troubles of match 1 behind them to
surge up the table and keep slim hopes of retaining the national
title alive. Shaftesbury Barnet won the match and lead the table
with 15 points, ahead of Birchfield in 2nd with 12. City of
Manchester are currently 5th, but only 2 points adrift of second
with two more matches to come.
Posted 05/07/2012 09:17
On Saturday a contingent of eight Sale girls travelled to
Birmingham University to take part in the prestigious British
Milers Club Meeting where they had their first experience of
competing against older athletes in graded competition. Despite
blustery conditions the girls produced 6 PB's including two club
records. Aine Cunningham broke the U13 800m record with 2 minutes
25.29 seconds whilst Ellie Twite ran 4 minutes 58.49 seconds to
break the 1500m record in the same age group. Ciara Lydon, Claudia
Cowan, Hannah Christy and Francesa Brint set new PB's whilst Tia
Blissett and Verity Garnes, who are both still at Primary School,
gained valuable experience in a higher level of competition.
(Written by Peter Shaw)
Posted 03/07/2012 08:12
The second match of the Northern track & field team took
place in Hull on May 26th. The club team had to give way to a very
strong Kingston & Hull squad, but still maintained their
overall leading position in the league.
Posted 03/07/2012 08:11