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 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
The pinnacle of the domestic T & F season was this weekend's Aviva Olympic Trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. With over 800 athletes and a close to capacity crowd for Saturday and Sunday, they became the largest trials in British athletics history, and the largest British trials of any Olympic sport this year. Sale Harriers had its portion of best athletes contribute to the weekend of pulsating track and field action.
Congratulations to pole vaulter Kate Dennison who booked her ticket to London 2012 and her second Olympic Games by winning the silver medal behind Holly Bleasdale who again broke the national record. Congratulations also to club coach Julien Rafelli, who's taken Holly to this magnificent pinnacle of her career. He also coaches Andy Sutcliffe who had the finest vault of his career to win his first senior silver medal in a PB of 5:35. Weather conditions may have prevented him also achieving the qualifying standard but good luck as he has his final attempt at the European championships in Helsinki next weekend.
Congratulations also to Alex Smith whose 74.03m hammer throw not only won his the national title but he achieved the Olympic 'B' Standard but will also have to hold his breath to see if he's also selected for London 2012. Another person having to keep her fingers crossed is our javelin thrower Laura Whittingham who also won the silver medal.
Andy Turner (110m) had a disappointing race for the bronze medal. He's already got the qualifying standard but will have to remain on the sidelines to await confirmation. Likewise our long jumper Abigail Irozuru who achieved the qualifying standard a week earlier in a magical PB leap but only managed fourth at the these trials. She's off to the European championships this weekend also to demonstrate her worthiness for selection. The club extends best wishes to all of them and hope their life's dream come true.
Finally, congratulations to Kirsty Law who won bronze in her specialist event, the discus
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 30/06/2012 09:29
Over the weekend our youngsters represented the club with great success in a number of events. On Saturday at Sportcity, over forty clubs were represented in the four events - Quadrathon and Sale, with three wins and two second places we were the most successful team. Rory Canham won the U15 boy's event with Adam Kinghorn in second place. Anthony Bruton won the U13 competition by over 50 points whilst setting a new record in the shot. Our most successful girl was Tess Mc Hugh who won the U11 competition whilst J'Nae Ward finished second in the U15 girls competition with Charlotte Worthington winning the 100m in a new PB of 13.0 seconds.
On Sunday morning Olivia Green had an outstanding run in the Manchester Parks 3000m road race at Platt Fields, not only winning the U13 girl's race but beating all the girls in the older age groups too.
At Crossford Bridge over 200 athletes took part in the medal meeting. In the U15 age-group, Charlotte Worthington continued her winning ways by winning both sprints, beating team-mates Tayla Saville and Olivia Barnes. Emily Evans won the long-jump with Olivia second, whilst Abbi Smith won the Shot and Discus. Will Scofield was the most successful boy with three victories in the long jump and both sprints.
In the U13 age-group Maria Mc Polin and Anthony Bruton both won 100m events whilst other victories came from Amy Page (LJ), Harry Brown (800m) and Joseph Murphy (Shot). Emma Lowe won two silver medals in the throws. Sam Worthington won the three gold medals in the U11 long jump and both sprints, to bring the family a total to five golds. Behind Sam, other Sale athletes dominated. Brogan Rudman, Darcy Maher, William Preston and Benji Lovell winning the other medals. The highlight of the girl's event was the 800m in which Lizzie Twite, Beth Thornton and Lauren Smith improved their PB's by a large margin.
Over fifty Sale athletes took part in the U9 event with an incredible twenty-eight in the boy's 75m sprints. Kane Saville was a gold medallist in the long jump with Ben Wilson in silver. Oliver Gilgrist won the 50m sprint with Kane third and Sam Jones 4th. Sale dominated the 600m event with Thomas Boyd a clear winner from Ben Wilson, Harvey Davenport, Luke Talbot and Dominic Reid to give the club the first five home. Mckenna Bradshaw was a clear winner of the javelin with Dominic second. Our girls were equally dominant with golds from Alicia Mc Dowell (60m), Melissa Booth (75 & LJ) and Abigail Hewitt (Jav). Our other medallists were Sofija Dragisic-Wood (2 silvers), Holly Harrison (Silver), Ciara Rastery (bronze) and Holly Scholes (bronze). (Compiled by Peter Shaw)
Posted 26/06/2012 17:35
The Aviva U20 & U23 World Championships Trials in Bedford at the weekend brought together the country's best as they vied for a place in the team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona (10-15 July).
As expected, Sale's talented best were present for this important spectacle. The highpoint of a thrilling weekend came from a Sale harrier - our very own pole-vaulting sensation Katie Byers who set yet another new under 20 Record with a 4.36m leap that's a massive improvement of 16cm over her previous outdoor best and enough to confirm her trip to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships (though she's already earlier qualified).
She wasn't the only one who had a great weekend. Andy Sutcliffe, Britain's No1 U23 pole vaulter who holds a multitude of England titles and who won bronze at the 2012 IAAF World junior championships, is eager to achieve the Olympic qualifying time but bad weather conditions has prevented him. Though he added the England U23 title to his hoard, his 5.20m vault was not quite good enough.
Abigail Haywood is Britain's No3 U23 pole vaulter with two consecutive silver medals already under her belt (and her PB of 4.00m from last year's championships). She went one better to add the U23 gold medal with a vault of 3.74m.
George Caddick is UK No 1 in the U20 rankings. He reinforced his current form to clinch the 400m title in a season's best of 47.25 that was just 1/100th of a second short of his PB set two weeks earlier at the England Closed Championships in Birmingham.
Kirsten McAslan was hoping to achieve the World Junior Championship qualifying time of 53.75 but, unlike last year when she took the silver medal in beautiful conditions and good competition, this year the weather was not good and competition was very weak and though she easily took the U20 title with 1.2 seconds to spare, she missed the qualifying standard. She's the 2010 English Schools 300m Champions and will have a go for the qualifying standard at the Olympic trials next weekend.
Ahtollah Rose: Our England Schools gold and silver triple jump medalist from former years triumphed to another level in winning her first the U/20 triple jump title. She adds this to her silver medal last year and the gold indoor medal last winter plus several other indoor and outdoor triple jump medals.
Daniel Needham, in claiming the U/23 110m hurdles silver medal in a PB of 14.43, had one of his finest ever achievements. Our former English Schools 110m hurdles silver medallist won the U20 bronze medal last year. Josh Ogantayo won the 800m silver medal in 1:52.92 and was not far off his PB from a week earlier at the BMC Gold Standard meeting at Longford Park.
Allan Hamilton is a Scottish long jump multi champion recently joined Sale. He's come with an impressive background in these championships of being the U20 former gold and bronze medallist. He finished equal third in 7.17m to add the bronze medal to his collection
Others who fared well though they did not reach the finals or medal are - (1) Olivia Callaghen - our U17 English School 100m champion is just returning to fitness following surgery and showed an encouraging return with a season's best of 12.39. Aaron Crowley also pulled out a 200m seasons best of 21.98 in the heats (2 ) Danielle Rooney, though 5th in 100m hurdles, had the exhilaration of a PB of 13.96 (3) Jenny Simmons, in fine form, achieved another fantastic PB of 61.61 in the 400m hurdles (4) Abigayle Fitzpatrick, just returned from a tough period of warm weather training in USA, recorded a 400m hurdles season's best of 62.50. (Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photography courtesy of John Bulpitt)
Posted 20/06/2012 11:55
Making full use of home advantage Sale maintained their unbeaten run in Young Athletes matches this year, to retain the NW Premier League title and now go on to contest the Northern title as current Northern Champions.
In the U13 age-group our star athlete was Kelly Chadwick who won three events (LJ, sprints) all with Grade 1 performances. This summer Kelly achieved top spot in the UK U13 rankings and holds the club long jump record. Another Grade 1 performance came from UK No.1 ranked Ellie Twite who won the 1200m with Francesca Brint running a PB in second place. Maria Mc Pollin was another Grade 1 winner over 150m whilst Rebecca Heys had a great run to win the 75m. In the 800m Aine Cunningham placed 2nd in the same time as the winner whilst Claudia Cowan in 3rd place ran a new PB. Amy Page jumped a new PB to win a long jump event whilst the sprint relay team of Maria, Rebecca, Kelly and Tia Blisset were clear winners. In the boy's events Ben Moseley won the long jump with a Grade 1 performance and finished runner-up in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m. Anthony Bruton had a busy day winning a 200m event and finishing runner up in both shot and 800m.
Among the U15's Amy Williams had a great weekend. On Saturday, she broke the 20 year old Cheshire Schools Junior long jump record with a 5.81m jump. It was so good; it also beat the intermediate and senior records. At Sportcity the following day, she was our star U15 performer with Grade 1 winning performances in the 100m, high jump and long jump. J'Nae Ward won a high jump event whilst Isabelle Reynolds-Duffy won a 100m event. Jamal Crawford won the long jump with a Grade 1 performance and finished 2nd in the 100m. Kevin Metzger who won 'B' the long jump is such an exciting young athlete. The previous day at the Manchester Schools Championships, this unassuming U15 Harrier did his first ever triple jump competition. His coach, Keith Hunter, had briefly taught him the basics, so he knew he had to run a bit sharpish and then do the hop, skip and jump, but no-one had told him how far he had to go, so he decided that 12.20m was probably adequate. That qualified him for the English Schools Championships next month! Amazing! Both U15 pole vaulters set PB's with Zac Harrop winning with a Grade 1 vault and Jordan Bezzina winning the 'B' event. We had a further double victory in the 1500m events with Euan Gilchrist and Daniel Brint. The throwers also scored good points for the club with wins from Harry Lord (Jav) and Nia Obinma in the discus.
In the U17 events Beth Bolton won the 200m and 300m hurdles. In the 300m Alyssia Carr made a tremendous debut winning the 'B' event with a grade 1 performance of 40.7 seconds. Gaby George ran the same time for the runner-up spot in the 'A' event. Alyssia also won the 100m and finished 2nd in the long jump. Welsh international Elin Jones, who'd recently had the honour of running a leg carrying the Olympic torch, won the 'B' 200m race. The endurance squad of Megan Davies, Rachel Hibberd, Chloe Yates, Hannah Christy and Caithlin Thomas did not drop a point winning six races between them.
The U15G relay team comprising Isabelle, J'Nae, Charlotte and Amy won the 4x100m relay in 50.8secs and are now the No1 U15G relay team in the country.
NB The U15G club record is 50.5secs.
Just as in the currently acclaimed film doing the round of Cinemas, our 'Fast Girls' won all four of the relays. Our 'fast lads' were also in dominant mood with U17's Denver Morrison winning the 400m in a new PB of 50.5 seconds (Grade1) and Nathan Harris (2nd), Emmanuel Ajala (2nd) and Kobefo Ntabejane (1st) in excellent form in the short sprints before teaming up to win the sprint relay. David Campbell won the pole vault and Josh Booth scored excellent points in the throws. A special mention should go to Jimmy Castle who doubled up in the 3000m and steeplechase to ensure that he not only covered more ground than anyone else but probably woke up on Monday morning with very tired legs.
Thanks to the team managers, coaches, officials and the photographers all of whom contributed so much to the success of Sale Harriers. (Photographs courtesy of www.hsphotos.co.uk , Carl Worthington and Anthony Barbet. Article compiled by Peter Shaw).
Posted 19/06/2012 09:54
The first men and women Premier T & F league match of the season was a combined fixture that took place at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham at the weekend. It provided a keen tussle behind 2011 champions Birchfield Harriers, with Windsor Slough & Eton just edging us out for 2nd spot. Last minute withdrawals and an unfortunate hamstring injury to pole vaulter Abigail Haywood contributed to the 3rd spot, but brilliant performances by our girls throughout the day were features of the afternoon.
Posted 19/06/2012 09:54
Against strong opposition from Salford Met, Bury AC, Spenborough AC, St. Helen's AC, Bolton H &AC, West Cheshire AC, Crewe & Nantwich AC, Halton & Frodsham AC, Sale girls took part in six relays at the Tom Pink event at Sportcity, winning four and finishing runners-up in the other two. The best Sale performance came in the U13 girls 5000m continuous relay where a team of Ellie Twite, Meg Mc Hugh, Francesca Brint, Aine Cunningham and Olivia Green not only lapped all the other teams but set a new national record of 13:58.00. The same girls had previously won the 'up-and-over' obstacle relay and finished runners-up in the sprint relay, giving each girl two AAA gold and one AAA silver medal. Not to be outdone, the U11 teams containing Niamh Nugent, Beth Thornton, Tess Mc Hugh and Lizzie Twite won the sprint relay and finished runners-up in the obstacle race whilst each girl was awarded a gold badge for the distance they covered in a two minute endurance challenge. All the girls also took part in the pentathlon award an event in which Adam Kinghorn gained a gold award.
Overall Sale athletes won
18 AAA Gold medals
9 AAA Silver medals
4 Gold Endurance Badges
3 Gold pentathlon badges
2 Silver Pentathlon badges
5 Bronze Pentathlon Badges
...........plus enough certificates to paper a wall..
The most successful individual athletes were Meg Mc Hugh and Aine Cunningham with 5 medals/badges each whilst the Mc Hugh sisters (Meg & Tess) with 9 medals/badges just outscored the Twite sisters (Ellie and Lizzie) who won 8 to ensure family bragging rights.
A special thanks to Graham Marshall, Callum Rowlinson, and Barry Hanson who helped organise the event and was the brainchild of George Brummer.
Posted 12/06/2012 10:15
The first BAL league match of any season is always a difficult
fixture and this year's was no exception. Fixture clashes with the
BMC Elite meeting at Watford and the following day's Bedford
International Games meant that while we had many of our regular
team competing, we were also forced to "fill in" in some events. In
the highly competitive Premier Division, this was always going to
result in an uphill struggle and so it proved. Held as a combined
match with the women in the UK Premier league at Alexander stadium,
Birmingham, the men's team finished 6th, ahead of Kent AC and
Sheffield, but behind Liverpool, Woodford Green, Newham and Essex
Beagles, Shaftesbury Barnet and the winners, Birchfield.
Placings are in their heats, not overall.
Posted 11/06/2012 14:17
This weekend saw the English Closed Championships incorporating the Midlands and North of England Championships plus separate Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Championships. As usual we had a number of medallists. On another busy weekend for T & F, Sonia Samuels as a member of Team GB in the European Cup 10,000m at Bilbao (Spain) recorded a season's best of 33:11.53. There were also other top club performances abroad.
Kelly Massey just missed her PB with 52.46 and Olympic 'B' standard of 52.35 and sprinter Lucy Evans represented Wales in the 100m & 200m
At home, four new club records were also produced by our youngsters at the Trafford Open meeting. Congratulations to Ellie Twite whose superb 1200m race in 2:44.96 not only places her on top of the national rankings and fifth fastest ever but is also a club record. Her 800m time of 2.27.6 at Bebington on 20th May is also respectable enough to be considered a club record being very nearly two seconds under AAA Grade 1. At the same meeting Aine Cunningham's 800m of 2:26.46 is an U13 club record and Jona Efoloko recorded two new U13 club sprints records - 12.21 for the 100m and 24.69 for the 200m. (We ask readers to scrutinize the new youth's club records list on the website).
Gold: Abigail Haywood Pole Vault 3.82m
Gold: Matt Cullen Pole Vault 4.62m
Gold: Sarah Holt Hammer 68.50 (SB)
Silver: Nick Gayle 100m Hurdles 14.00
Silver: Christopher Wakeford 400m Hurdles 51.16
Silver: Chris Baker High Jump
Silver: Abigail Irozuru Long Jump 5.96m
Silver: Rosie Semenytsh Javelin 46.60m
Bronze: Laura Whittingham Javelin 45.01m
Season's best: Jenna Hill 800m 2:10.81
Season's best: Emily Beedham 1500m 4:46.00
Gold: Kirsten Mc Aslan 400m 54.76
Gold: Alison Rodger Shot 14.15m
Gold: Kirsty Law Discus 52.02m
Silver: Ryan Oswald 100m 11.25
Silver; Allan Hamilton Long Jump 7.39m (SB)
Bronze: Holly Belch 100m Hurdles 15:10 (SB)
Bronze: Elin Jones U17 100m 12.48
Posted 05/06/2012 23:25
Vila Real De St Antonio, Portugal. The European Champion Clubs Cup Group 'A'. Sale Harriers Manchester. Unfinished business. It was 4 years ago that, having won the British Athletics League, the club's men's team won group B of the European Cup in the pleasant Portuguese coastal town and after that fine victory, hopes were high that we might return the following year reap the rewards of our endeavours and to mix it with the continent's best clubs. Unfortunately, a 3rd place finish in the 2008 BAL meant that it was Newham and Essex Beagles who were able to grasp that opportunity.
Fast forward 4 years and, with a much changed squad, City of Manchester were finally able to take their place amongst Europe's elite. Having witnessed the standard of this competition 4 years ago, we knew that finishing in the top 6 and outside of the relegation places was the primary target, but with a youthful but high quality team, hopes were high of a successful weekend of competition.
12 of the team arrived in Portugal on the Thursday before the match and quickly set about acclimatising to the conditions, with the chief concern being the lack of freely available wifi internet connections. Most of the rest of the squad arrived on the Friday, inconvenienced but not perturbed by the airport delays caused by air traffic control strike action and ready to perform in the two-day competition.
First up for the team in the field was Alex Smith, who was up against some high quality competitors in the hammer. He wasn't overly happy with his 71m68, but his 4th place was excellent, especially considering that he was up against the European silver medallist and the 2009 world bronze medallist.
First on the track was Chris Wakeford in the 400mH, with David Hughes having had to withdraw through injury. Chris has made huge strides, literally, this year and showed how much he has improved by taking some big scalps to place third. The TV interviewer assumed he had international experience and would likely be going to the European Championships this summer. If Chris was any nationality other than British, he probably would be.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a fine victory for Andy Robertson over the experienced Italian, Simone Collio, who is a veteran of many major championships. That it was by just 1/100th of a second and was 10.24w was extremely impressive. Unfortunately, his winning streak didn't stretch to the card school later in the weekend. Carl Dickinson, back from injury and taking nicely to the roles of chief motivator, entertainer, dancer and spiritual leader for the team, ran 10.76 for 2nd in the guest race, while Ryan Oswald also blew away the cobwebs with a guest run out.
Nick Samuels, in good form only the previous weekend, then had an inexplicable blow-up in the 1500m, feeling drained of energy despite a relatively slow pace, but, to his credit, ensuring he completed the race to earn the team a point.
By this point, Nick Newman, making a rare visit to Europe, had completed his long jump competition. Hampered by gusting winds behind, he jumped a very solid 7m40 to take 6th place in a competition won in 8m21 by the Spaniard Meliz and in which multiple global triple jump medallist Marian Oprea could only manage 5th.
By now it was apparent that the gusting winds were really hampering all the runners besides the short sprinters, but 17-yar-old Clovis Asong stepped up to take on some very experienced competitors, including at least 4 with quicker bests than him and a Russian who had ran 45 seconds not that long ago. Showing no fear, Clovis ran in his customary style to take a superb 4th place in 48.01. Earlier, George Caddick, also 17, and Josh Oguntayo, the veteran at 18, had ran well in a guest 400m, George winning the race by a street in 48.2.
Gareth Raven may be at the other end of the age spectrum, but he ran a very sensible race in his first track appearance for over a year to take 6th place, comfortably ahead of the Czech athlete in 7th.
In the field, Rimas Martisauskas found himself throwing the Shot against some very accomplished athletes, with the top 2 athletes throwing well over 20m and third place throwing "only" 19m29. Rimas therefore produced the maximum one might have expected from him to take 4th with a strong 17m66.
Chris Baker, making his debut for the club, jumped an outdoor personal best of 2m14 to place 5th in the high jump, where again, a good quality field meant that the first 4 were all over 2m20. He appeared to settle in well with the rest of the squad, combining odd socks with a hat worn at a jaunty angle.
The final event of the first day was the 4x100m, where at least 50% of Italy's national side prevailed in 39.56. A team comprising of Carl Dickinson, who prowled about at the start like Presto's answer to Maurice Greene and appeared to engage in an altercation with an official, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and Andy Robertson ran 40.64 for 5th, narrowly missing out on 3rd and edging out 6th thanks to an Andy Robertson dip.
All this meant that at the end of day 1 we were ahead of schedule in 4th place, just one point clear of the Portuguese, with the Turks ominously waiting in 6th.
Day 2 began with Andy Sutcliffe in the vault. He wisely entered he competition at 4m80 and cleared at the third attempt, but subsequently struggled with a fierce cross wind. The fact that a Russian with best in excess of 5m70 could only manage 5m tells its own story. Thankfully the 4m80 was good enough for 6th place.
Nick Gayle had been inked in to run the 110mH but had had to withdraw on the Wednesday with a swollen knee. Luckily his replacement was European and Commonwealth Champion and 2011 World Bronze medallist Andy Turner, who endured a torrid day of travel after competing just 48 hours earlier in Ostrava to turn out for the team. It was worth it, as he broke the championship record in searing to victory in a season's best 13.41. Hopefully there will be even more to come later in the year.
In the absence of any of our specialist discus throwers, Rimas volunteered to throw and produced a personal best of 46m00 in what was, according to the European Athletics website, the best competition of the weekend.
Team captain, James Bailey, had been feeling under the weather all week and the last thing he probably needed was a 3000m steeplechase in searing heat and with gusting winds every lap, but he put his body on the line and ran extremely sensibly to take 6th. The Turkish team had a suspiciously high number of Kenyan names in their squad, and their man won the chase as they began a charge up the table.
Niall Brooks followed James and, unfortunately, mirrored his health, but did also mirror his placing. With the Swiss and the Czech athletes consistently placing in the bottom two, a 6th place finish at a minimum was looking increasingly assured.
Ben Williams, Stoke's leading Pokemon player and fashion guru, made a safe start to his triple jump competition, recording a very decent jump of 15m43 in the first round. He was then the victim of a freak incident in which a rival threw a spike at him, causing him to twist his ankle and putting paid to further progress. Still, again, he finished above the Czech and Swiss athletes.
Chris Craig, never shy to walk around in a state of semi undress, ran the 200m and produced a season's best of 21.45 for, you guessed it, 6th. The final three events of the day brought with them three strong fifth places. Matt Hunt, returning from a year of injury hell, started to find some rhythm and produced a promising 61m55, while Dave Proctor ran a tactically superb 3000m only to be edged out in the final burn up but still came away with 8:19.26 to pip the Portuguese athlete.
The final event of the match was a keenly contested 4x400m, in which our team was the youngest in the race by some distance. A team of Clovis, Chris Wakeford (the old man at 22), Josh and George ran 3:14.35, the club's best for some time and only 1/100th from 4th.
In the final reckoning, the team ended up in 6th place overall, avoiding the dreaded 7th place by a massive 36 points, which was a fantastic achievement. In truth, there were three separate competitions taking place: a three way battle for 1st, a three way battle (involving us) for 4th, and a fight for bragging rights between the final two teams. That we held our own in such exalted company should be cause for celebration and, indeed, was, although a report of the post race activities is probably best left for another time (Written by team manager Dean Hardman)
Posted 29/05/2012 14:57