Northern NYAL Champions
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