FANTASTIC JUNIORS IN YDL FINAL
Fechin Mc Cormick
The second of the club’s two National YDL (Youth Development League) finals of the weekend was also at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium - the Wembley of British athletics, and this time involved the club’s older U17 & U20 age groups. They competed against the country’s top Premier clubs of 2013–Birchfield Harriers, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, Rugby & Northampton AC, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, Team Edinburgh, Team Glasgow and Windsor, Slough & Eton AC. The latter club won the Championship title with Sale Harriers seventh – no mean achievement among such reputable clubs. It’s particular thanks to the athletes who gave their ‘all’, running, jumping and throwing with inspiring commitment and to their coaches and team managers, Karen Lannon and Jack Frost who put the whole ‘act’ together.
Thanks to the club’s 64 athletes, it was a day packed with classy competition as exciting as any televised senior Grand Prix and included the same, almost deafening, cheers from enthusiastic supporters in the stand on the home straight. There was good reason for the excitement! You should have witnessed the power, speed and competitiveness of club printers Jack Seddon, Josh Halson, Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski, Sunday Muka, Lamiko, Denver Massey, Elin Jones, Charlotte Worthington, Beth Bolton, Christina Muzarami, Imani Modahl, Tayle Saville and Gabby George who strained every sinew amidst tough competition to give it their very best and win maximum points for the club. The most exciting of all the day’s cheers was undoubtedly in the U20 men’s 4 x 400m relay. You should have seen the power-house that’s Clovis Asong storm his first leg to win by 60m followed by Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski and Kobefo Ntabejane who executed as impressive a victory as exciting as any Jamaican quartet.
The ‘bursting at the seams’ talent and promise of those who won their events - Kevin Metzger (who did a PB in the long jump), Joshua Booth (Discus), Josh Hobson (100m), Megan Davies (1500m), Brogan Crowley (100m hurdles), Natasha Wilson (Javelin), Emily Cummings (a SB in the High jump), Aimee Pratt (Steeplechase), J’Nay Ward (High jump) and Jacob Sutcliffe (Pole Vault), were worth more gold than the weight of their medals for the maximum points they ‘bagged’ for the club.
Many of these also competed in several other events and further maximized their points for the club. Talented Gabby George finished top three in three other events (including a PB in the 300m and both relays); multi-eventer Brogan Crowley (great to have her back after prolonged injury) was also 2nd in the javelin and 3rd in the shot; J’Nay Ward, as well as winning her high jump, produced late season PB’s in the long jump and 80m hurdles and also ran a relay; Callum Roughneen was prepared to do four events but opted for the 400m and both relays; Kevin Metzger doubled his points tally for the club by further excellent performances in the triple jump and a relay; Clovis Asong, in his first outdoor competition of the season, also did the discus, javelin and shot even though he’d not competed in these for over three years.
Other multi-eventers who made a massive club contribution were Annabel Dowd (Hammer, Javelin and Shot), Alex Bradford (800m & 2000m s/c), Imani Modahl (400m, 1500m s/c, & relay), Sunday Muka (100m & relay), Zak Harrop (javelin & pole-vault), Beth Bolton (200, 400m & relay) and Lydia Randles (100m hurdles & relay).
These weren’t the only ones! Ryan Moore (1500m), Matt Holmes (2000m s/c), Seun Okomo (High jump), Bolu Tiete (Triple jump), Chris Bradley (High Jump), Bradley Yates (800m), Adam Roden (3000m), Zak Harrop (Pole Vault), Lisa James (Triple Jump) and Bukky Ojo (Triple jump) displayed impressive artistry, technical maturity and tactical expertise that belied their younger years in the execution of their events and deservedly won their r silver or bronze medals.
Confidence and team loyalty are crucial in an athlete’s development and for team success and these were displayed by the bucket-full among our U17 youngsters prepared to represent the club in the older U20 age group. Athletes such as U17 Aimee Pratt who finished 4th in the U20 800m and won the U20 steeplechase beating every other athlete also U20) and others like her - Charlotte Worthington (100m & relay), Jacob Lingard (long jump & triple jump); Jacob Lloyd (Discus, hammer & javelin), Riordan Irvine (long jump), Bolu Tiete (Triple Jump), Catherine Podmore (800m), Rachel Hibbert (800m and discus), Hannah Simeen (3000m & 400m), Maddie Hole (3000m), Hannah Christy (400m hurdles) & 1500m), Lauren Sturman (Hammer & Discus), Lisa James (Triple Jump and Bukky Ojo (Triple Jump and relay) and Christina Muzarami (200m) all deserve a big clap on the back for the points they won in much tougher competitions.
Others deserving a big clap on the back because they competed despite being unwell and still won important club points were the likes of Gabby George, Zenon Wisniewski, Jack Seddon, Denver Massey, Chris Mc Gahan, Allysia Carr, Matt Metcalfe, Kyle Conway, Elin Jones and Eve Gibson (The club extends heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to Eve Gibson and her family on the recent, very sudden death of her dear dad).
Every single point counted towards the final tally and those others who added to the final tally were Kyle Conway (3000m), Khalid Absiyeh (3000m), Matt Holmes (2000m s/c).Chris Bradley (High jump), Euan Gilchrist (1500m), Tayla Saville (100m & relay), Flora Whyte (1500m), Amber Towns (3000m), Megan Daly (Triple jump), Courtney Leonard (Relay), Kate Hill (Relay) and Christina Muzarami (Relay).
Thanks to every single person who went to the Alexander Stadium-athlete, coach, team manager, official, photographer, parent or supporter for your whole Sunday to compete or support the athletes and team . All of you have made Sale Harriers proud and successful and contributed again to maintaining the club’s national standing. Thanks also to former club athlete pentathlete Katia Lannon who produced a tremendous motivational video for the event. It can still be viewed on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMxFpL-zVI. Photographs from the day are available at www.hsphotos.co.uk. Thanks also to Carl Worthington who again has also provided a number of fantastic photographs. (10/09/2013)
Posted 10/09/2013 07:24