SALE WIN NATIONAL FINAL
On a historic day at Birmingham, Sale won its first National Young Athletes League title since the boys and girls leagues were amalgamated in 2004. Having finished 3rd and 4th in the past two years, we expected to feature especially as the Northern champions but in a match involving the best eight teams in Britain, success could never be taken for granted.
Our most successful squad were the U15 girls who were amazingly strong cross all disciplines. Kelly Chadwick led the way with a 100/200m sprint double, recording new lifetime best performances of 12.19 and 24.93 seconds (resp) whilst Ellie Jackson won both her sprints by clear margins. Kelly & Ellie then teamed up with Amie Page and Rebecca Heys for a superb victory in the sprint relay. We were equally successful in the middle distance events with Olivia Green (a PB), Francisca Brint and Aine Cunningham (PB) all in gold medal positions. Special congratulations to Olivia on her recent selection for the GB Modern Pentathlon squad. Multi-eventer Meg Mc Hugh was the club’s most prolific points scorer with wins in the high jump and hurdles, 3rd place in the shot and then teaming up with Maria Mc Polin, Danielle Stringer and Grace Bower to finish runners up in the 4 x 300m relay. Our other medallists in this age-group were gold to Amy Lester, silver to Tess Blandamer (3m PB in the javelin),and bronze to Grace Bower, Rebecca Heys, Emma Lowe and Olivia Ashworth.
Our most successful athlete in the U15 boys was English Schools Champion Jona Efoloko who won both sprints by clear margins though outside his own league records. Rory Kean had a great win in a keenly (!) contested hurdles race whilst our most successful events were the long jump in which Emanuel Odubanjo and Darnell Bell both won gold and the shot in which Joe Murphy and Jonathan Adderley also won double gold. Our other medallists in this age-group were silver to Anthony Bruton, Joe Murphy and Jonathan Adderley. Our biggest disappointment of the day came in the U15 4 x 300m relay who were announced as breaking their own national record by a massive two seconds only to be disqualified for a zone infringement.
The star of the U13 girls was Laurelle Obi with three gold medals. She won both sprints with PB’s and teamed up with Charlotte Mairs, Mia Lowndes and Tess Mc Hugh to win the sprint relay. Beth Thornton won the 800m in a PB as did Lois Mc Tiffin (hurdles) and Mia Lowndes (HJ) who were gold medallists. Other silver medallists were Charlotte Mairs whilst Devon Weymont and Mia Gibbons were bronze medallists.
In the boy’s events Calab Adenuga was a double gold medallist with PB wins over hurdles and 100m. Sam Ebonine was silver medallist in the high jump whilst Findlay Murphy was awarded bronze (shot). Calab and Sam teamed up with Rory Kinrade and Brogan Rudman to win bronze in the relay.
Congratulation to the whole team, to their squad generally who are an important part of this success even if not in the team for the final, to their very committed coaches, hard-working team managers David Marsh and Carl Worthington and the commitment and sacrifices of their parents and families. Without all of you involved this National title would not have been unachievable.
Posted 08/09/2014 18:19