NORTHERN U15 & U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS
written by Fechin Mc Cormick & Anthony Barbet
The Northern U15 & U17 T & F Championships took place in Wavertree Park at the weekend (Liverpool) amidst persistent rain and blustery winds not conducive for best performances. Nevertheless, several club youngsters braved the elements and were rewarded with four Northern titles; four silver medals and four bronze medals.
Top of the list was U15 Kelly Chadwick who won gold in the 100m and the long jump and produced the club’s only PB of the weekend. Fast improving and very talented Kelly who ranked No1 in both disciplines as an U13, already ranks 5th in the U15 100m and 14th in the long jump and, surely before long will also rank No.1 in her new age-group.
Two of Keith Hunter's 'Jump Freaks' were also out trampling on the opposition. Alyssia Carr (U17) has just come back from an illness which meant only two training sessions in two weeks, so expectations were fairly low for everyone except leapy Alyssia. Jumping fourth, she began with 5.46m - according to Keith 5.42m; according to Northern Athletics' (I know what you're thinking, but coaches never exaggerate) – either way, all she needed was Round 1 to leave the rest of the field behind. She might not have been at her best, but even off form, she added another Northern Champion to the sale Harrier tally.
Kevin Metzger (first year U17) woke up on Saturday morning with a point to prove since being overlooked by the UK School Games selection committee in favour of in-form Elliot Baines, ranked sixth in the UK. Baines opened his account with 12.81m and Kevin managed a very unconvincing 11.22. After discussions with Keith Hunter which included promises involving a good kicking at least and GBH at worst, Metzger moved his run-up back. Baines' second jump was 12.33m and as the Liverpool monsoon season opened, Kevin pounced, nailing one to the tune of 13.45m. In the deluge it was unlikely either athlete would get anywhere near that mark, but Baines ' last jump was a very impressive 12.96m; Kevin defied the conditions to find 13.40m, just to make sure no-one thought his winner was a fluke. As they say in Yorkshire – Champion! Just a thought....last year Kevin (then U15) set a championship record in the Northern Championships (13.35m) then went on to win the AAAs 2 weeks later with 13.56m. Some feat if he could repeat that.
Zeni Enechi also had every reason to be pleased with her performance in the U15 long jump, A few weeks after she’d won the bronze medal in the Northern Inter-Counties Championships with a PB of 5.13m she won another bronze medal in these Championships.
Congratulations also to U17 Jacob Lloyd who medalled twice – a silver medal in the hammer and a bronze medal in the shot putt. William Scofield also won U15 silver in the hammer and James Ratcliffe also won silver in the 300m.
Others who also deserved a big pat on the pack are Aine Cunningham who competed in the 800m despite feeling under the weather; Alexa McTiffin, making her club debut; who made the 800m final and U15 Danielle Stringer who won a surprising 1500m silver medal whilst a year young.
Posted 20/08/2013 07:07