News - Track And Field
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Georgia Taylor Brown retained her individual ETU European Junior Triathlon title in Alanya, Turkey last week and was also part of the successful GB team to also win their second team medal in two years. It's been an awesome year for the club's prestigious talent, coached in her running by Paul Roden. She adds this latest major European title and several other international triathlon titles and medals to her Northern U20 Cross-Country title and IAAF cross country medal with the Great Britain Athletics team last winter
This victory is especially sweet for Georgia in that she's retained her title despite losing a significant amount of training through injury after winning her cross-country medal with the GB team. She said: "It's amazing to retain the title! I tried not to think about it coming into the race as I find it puts too much pressure on. I had a great bike. I stayed at front and did a lot of work because I knew there were some good runners in the second group."
(Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 19/06/2013 12:44
As you'll no doubt have heard by now, we had another excellent day last Saturday at Sportcity where we hosted the 2nd BAL match of the summer. After a solid 2nd in the first match, our hopes were high for a home win to put us in the box seat in the league table. On the day the team scored an outstanding 339 points, which would generally be good enough to win most matches and is by far the highest score we've ever produced that hasn't won us a match. In the end, Shaftesbury pipped us by just 5 points, meaning that they lead the BAL with 16, from us with 14. With the next match also in the North (Sheffield, July 6th), we still have a chance of regaining the league title if we can win the match.
On Saturday it really was a team effort. We had just 4 A victories, but a string of top 3 A and B finishes and a lot of consistency that saw us well clear of Birchfield in 3rd. Big man points have to go to James Bailey, who pulled a hamstring on the final waterjump but still hobbled home to win the chase, while Simon Horsfield in the 3000m was our other individual A victor and he couldn't have made a dominant performance look any easier. Chris Baker, fresh from achieving the Euro U23 qualifying height of 2.22m took the High Jump with a clear victory, while the final A win went to the 4x100m quartet of Allan Hamilton, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and debutant Gabriel Odujobi, who anchored the team to a 40.39 clocking, which is certainly the best relay time from a Sale quartet for 15 years and quite possibly 3rd on our all-time list.
Our other top 3 positions were achieved by Ryan Oswald (2nd in the B 100m and 1st in the B 200m), Nick Gayle (2nd A 110mH) Gabriel (B 110mH winner), Pat Swan (B 4000m 3rd), Charlie Hulson A 1500m 3rd), Gavin Hill (2nd B 1500m), Matt Barnes (1st B 3000m), Smithy and Floydy (2nd in the A and B hammer), Jacob Brown (2nd A LJ), Alan Hamilton (1st B LJ), Jack Andrew (2nd B PV), Michael Piccoli (3rd B HJ), Rimas (2nd A Shot) and Tomas Rauktys (3rd B Shot). In truth, even those that didn't snatch a top 3 place still earned vital points, including Roy Ejiakuekwu, Stephen Porter, Ricardo Twumasi, Matt Cullen, Callum Roughneen, Josh Oguntayo and Luke Betts.
Posted 12/06/2013 07:46
The second match of the Northern Premier League took place in Preston on Sunday and, although the final team result was disappointing, there were some excellent individual performances, with Chiara Collins hammer throw of 43m 27cm leading the way.The League positions after the 2nd fixture are Wakefield 11pts, Preston 9pts, Sale Harriers 8pts, City of Hull, 7pts, Leigh Harriers 4pts and Bolton 3pts,
The leading ladies were….Lydia Randles (16.7 in the 100m hurdles and a 44m 47 javelin throw); Imani Mohdal (4m59.7 1500m) along with Amie Pratt's 3000m in 10m 51.1. Lisa James also had a fine double….the LJ in 5m 62 and plus another 12m + triple jump.
The men's team was dominant throughout, the highlights being Jonathon Ferryman's triple jump of 13m 90cm, Alex Wort's fine javelin throw of 48m 48cm, followed by a 15.4s 110m hurdle, Josh Orguntayo 400m in 49.1s, Alex Bradford 800m in 2m 01.8, Ryan Worland 5000m in 15m 32.9, Andrew Burgess long jump of 6m 98cms, John Nicholls 14m 22cm Shot, and 15 year old Zac Harrop overcoming his seniors with a 3m 50cm vault. Of course our sprinters were brilliant, Roy Ejiakuekwu, Daniel Heald, Marcel Stevens. Aaron Crowley graced the Preston Arena with their athleticism.
(Submitted by Jack Frost).
Posted 11/06/2013 15:49
After a tremendous tussle in the second round in the U13/15 Northern Premier match at Doncaster our youngsters managed a narrow five point victory over the strongest Liverpool team we have met over the past five years. Competition was of a very high standard featuring many top ranked athletes and county champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Gtr. Manchester, Merseyside and the North-East.
Our U15 boy's sprint and hurdles squad were dominant with James Radcliffe winning a sprint double whilst Jona Efoloko, Cieran Donnely, Darnel Bell, Will Scofield, Oliver Mc Cormick and Ehis Ilozobhie all showed the opposition a clean pair of heels. Will and Oliver were also of an equally dominant group of throwers which also included Anthony Bruton, Rory Canham and Jaimal Brown. Versatile Ehis was a clear winner of the long jump with Ben Moseley winning the B event. In the girl's events, Kelly Chadwick won the long jump and finished runner up in the 100m with an excellent 12.7 seconds. Aine Cunningham was in great form in the 800m to record a new PB in 2nd place whilst 1500m runners Danielle Stringer and Claudia Cowan also recorded new PB's. Two other girls gaining impressive victories were Sophie Ullah (Discus), and Northern Champion Annie Williams (Pole Vault) whilst Emma Lowe was runner up in the discus
In a match involving the strongest six clubs in the north, victories in the U13 events were difficult to achie3ve. However, Anna Phillips managed to improve her 800m PB by over 10 seconds to win her event on her league debut. whilst our Primary School contingent of Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite, Tia Ray Barton, Same Heyworth, Connor Keys and Bailey Hulse all performed with great distinction running PB's in the middle distance events, showing that our future as a club is in safe hands. Tess MC Hugh was another Primary school athlete who showed maturity beyond her years whilst competing in the jumps and hurdles.
Michael Odejim and Demo Okome dominated the high jump whilst Harry Boyd 800m) and Connor Patterson (Long Jump) both recorded new PB's. After two rounds league positions are
1. Sale Harriers Manchester 12 match points
2. Liverpool Harriers & AC 10 match points
3. Cith of Sheffield 7 match points
4. Gateshead Harriers 6 Match points
5. Preston Harriers 5 match points
6. Doncaster AC 2 match points
Such fantastic success would not be achievable without stalwart backroom work from the like of team managers, coaches, officials and parents. Thank you. Presented by Peter Shaw. Photos courtesy of Carl Worthington.
Posted 07/06/2013 11:17
Sunday was a brilliant day for the 2nd fixture in the Upper age group of the Development League. Following a runner's up berth in the 1st match at Liverpool, team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray gained revenge when there charges performed excellently, with many fine individual performances. The league standings are as follows, with the 3rd fixture being in Edinburgh on July 30th.
Team Edinburgh 11pts
Sale Harriers 11pts
Team Glasgow 5pts.
Lisa James was outstanding in the U/20 triple jump registering 12m 25cm. Emily Cummings high jump of 1m 68cm and Sarah McKeever 3m 35cm in the pole vault; Amy Williams jumped 5.75cm in the long jump to go 2nd in the UK rankings and also triple jumped 11.94 to top the UK rankings. Alyssia Carr's 5m 53cm long jump was further indications of the high quality of athletics on display.
Not to be outdone, the boys were also magnificent. 400 runners Callum Roughneen 48.54secs, Felix Tighe (U/17) 50.57secs led the way. A tremendous javelin throw from Harry Lord (U17) of 48m 40cm, plus victories from speed merchants Roy Ejiakuekwu 21.54s 200m into a headwind, and Jack Seddon, and Nathan Harris demonstrated the sprinting prowess the club enjoys. Full detailed results can be found on the Power of 10 website.
Submitted by Jack Frost. Photos courtesy of http://www.darkstarphotos.com /
Posted 05/06/2013 12:07
The Tom Pink event was held on the indoor track at Sportcity on Wednesday (May 29th) and featured relays, obstacle races, Sportshall participation and endurance running and with ten club taking part, competition was of a very high standard. Athlete of the day was Sale's own Lizzie Twite who was the only person to be awarded AAA merit plaques for both the pentathlon and the endurance race. This feat came only two days after Lizzie had won the BUPA Junior Run in the Manchester Games. Ellie Twite, Niamh Nugent and Charlie Hobson also performed exceptionally well and were awarded merit plaques in the endurance run. Olivia Green and Keenan Owen were awarded AAA medals for sprint events whilst all who took part were awarded badges (at gold, silver and bronze levels) and certificates as part of the British Athletics Award Scheme. (Photographs courtesy of Ernie Greenwood and displayed at http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 05/06/2013 08:38
Blue skies and sunshine made for favourable conditions at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium for the highly popular and widely acclaimed annual Loughborough International at the weekend that's often the launch pad for the outdoor T & F season. It's traditionally a high quality match between Loughborough students past and present, GB U20's England, Scotland, Wales and British Students. Sale Harriers had several noteworthy elements:-
Pole vaulters Andy Sutcliffe and Katie Byres; hammer thrower Mike Floyd and sprinter Kelly Massey were all selected to represent England. Congratulations to them for achieving their latest accolade that's a tribute to their immense talent.
The club had 26 participants across the range of T & F disciplines. In the track event 12 of our 14 athletes achieved tremendous season's best performances. They were Andy Robertson (100m), Roy Ejiakekwu (100m),Umar Hameed (100m), Rebekah Wilson (100m), Kadeena Cox (100m), Ryan Oswald (100m), Lucy Evans (200m), Kelly Massey (400m & 4 x 100 relay)), Nick Samuels (1500m), Danielle Rooney (100m hurdles), Chris Wakefield (400m hurdles), Darren Lewis (400m hurdles) and Abigayle Fitzpatrick (400m hurdles). In the field events, well done also for their SB's to Laura Douglas (Hammer), Alex Smith (Hammer and Rosie Semenytsh (Javelin).
It was an especially good day for Roy Ejiakekwu. Not only was his 100m of 10.60 a PB but he also achieved the qualifying time for the European Junior Championships in Italy. He also had a great leg in the 4 x 100m relay taking the team home in 2nd place.
Abi Fitzpatrick's time in the 400m hurdles was her quickest ever time on English soil. Her next stops are the Bedford International Games and then onto Geneva.
In the men's 200m, Andy Robertson running as a guest, clocked the fastest time of the day, running a huge personal best of 20.76. Earlier, he'd also won his 100m race in 10.39 into a headwind. Congratulations also to Andy who won his first senior GB vest at the Penn Relays in America just a few weeks earlier. He anchored the men's 4 x 100m relay team to 4th place behind USA 1 & 2 and the Jamaican team.
(Researched and presented by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 20/05/2013 14:38
To win a county medal, whether by merit or by default through lack of numbers is always a great honour and a tribute to a person's sporting talent, commitment and hard work This weekend was the county championships with the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Championships combined at Longford Park. Congratulations to the very large number of club boys and girls, men and women who participated in the various age groups and between them won almost 100 medals. Note also the numbers who multi-medalled in various events. Those who won Greater Manchester or Cheshire medals were
Gold Medals : Will Schofield (Hammer & Shot), Annabel Dowd (Hammer & Discus), Jasmine Burke (Hammer & Discus & Shot), Annie Williams (Pole vault), Zac Harrop (Pole vault), Kevin Metzger (Triple jump), Adam Howell (Triple jump), Sophie Ullah (Shot), Jacob Sutcliffe (Pole vault), Sam Ballak (Pole Vault), J'Nae Ward (High jump & Shot), Jess Taylor (High jump & Javelin & Shot & 100mH), Lisa Jame (Triple jump), Ahtollah Rose (Triple jump), Jack Andrew (Long jump & 100m), Nathan Booth (High jump & Discus), Josh Booth (Shot), Jaimal Brown (Javelin), Anthony Bruton (Javelin & Discus), Grace Bower (Long jump), Annabel Kitchen (Long jump), Lydia Randles (Javelin), Danielle Bentley (Javelin), Aimee Pratt (1500m & 1500m S/C), Maria McPolin (200m), James Ratcliffe (100m & 200m & 300m), Lucy Evans (100m & 200m), Jack Seddon (100m & 200m), Kobefo Ntabejane (400m), Jennifer Simmons (400m), Lamiko Thomas (400m), Luke Chesters Luke Chesters (75m hurdles, 800m & 1500m), Aine Cunningham (800m), Adam Kinghorn (800m & 1500m), Connor Patterson (100m), Zenon Wisniewski (100m), Lamiko Thomas (200m), Matty Holmes (1500m S/C), Imani Modahl (2000m S/C), Kyle Conway (800m), Charles Burke (100m)
Silver Medals: Emma Lowe (Hammer), Josh Booth (Hammer & Discus), Sara McKeever (Pole vault), Connor Patterson (Long jump & 200m), Lisa Jame (Long jump), Oliver McCormick (Long jump & 80mH), Jacob Lloyd (Shot), Jack Andrew (Shot), Annabel Dowd (Javelin & Shot), James Ratcliffe (Javelin), Zenni Enechi (Long jump), Rory Canham (Shot & Discus), Nicola Cahill (Javelin & Shot), Lydia Randles (Shot & 200m), Imani Modahl (1500m), Mathew Holmes (1500m), Charlotte Worthington (200m), Jona Efoloko (100m & 200m), Daniel Heald (200m), Tess McHugh (70mH), J'Nae Ward (80mH), Ehis Ilozabhie (80mH), Prince Ehiigator (100m), Alex Bradford (800m), Eleanor Twite (1500m), Dylan Burghill (1500m), Meg McHugh (75mH)
Bronze medals: Kate Hill (Long jump), Ehis Ilozabhie (Long jump & 100m), Jack Daly (High jump), Sophie Ullah (Discus), J'Nae Ward (Javelin), Zenon Wisniewski (200m), Danielle Stringer (800m), Nathan Harris (100m), Mathew Metcalf (800m), Harry Boyd (1500m), Grace Bower (75mH), Darnell Bell (300m)
Posted 15/05/2013 11:27
FLYING START FOR SALE AT SPORTCITY
The Club started its defence of the Northern title with a clear victory in round 1 of the Northern Premier Lower age-group match at Sportcity.
The U15 boys were our strongest team winning 17 out of 28 events contested. In the sprints Jono Efoloko, Kieran Donnelly, Will Schofield, James Ratcliffe and Darnel Bell won every event including both relays whilst Oliver Mc Cormick and Ehis Ilozobhie both finished runners up in the hurdles event.
Adam Kinghorn, Dylan Birchill, Jake Spilsbury and Adam Spilsbury proved the Harrier tradition is still alive by outscoring the other clubs in the middle distance events. In the throws, our strong men proved to be invincible. Well done to Anthony Bruton, Rory Canham, Will Schofield, Jamel Brown and James Ratcliffe. Our jumpers and vaulters were also dominant with Kemar Thompson, Ben Mosley, Jack Daly and Matthew Smith proving more than a match for any other team.
In the girl's events, the throws squad delivered most points. Congratulations to Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe and Zenny Enechi. Northern Indoor champion Annie Williams had a clear victory in the pole vault whilst Annabel Kitchen and Zenny Enechi finished runners-up in the long jump events.
In the middle distance races, Claudia Cowan ran a personal best in the 800m and with Mairead Power, Frankie Davis and Ellie Twite performed well against incredibly strong opposition. Highlights in the sprints were Kelly Chadwick finishing runner up in the 100m whilst Maria Mc Polin improved her 200m PB by a massive margin. Kelly, Maria, Zenny teamed up with Bethany Jones for an excellent relay run. Special mention must go to multi eventers Meg Mc Hugh and Grace Bower who competed in hurdles, jumps and throws to make sure that this was one match that Sale Harriers were going to win.
In the U13 events Luke Chesters and Harry Boyd won the 800m with James Peel and Sam Heyworth proved to be the strongest middle distance squad on display. Luke scored a unique double by winning the hurdles at his first attempt at the event. Will Preston, Rhys Parker, Connor Patterson, Conner Keys, Fenton Kennerk, Nathan Booth, Michael Odejimi and Femi Okome all performed with great credit to ensure team victory.
In the girl's events, the Harrier tradition was again to the fore in the middle distance events with Tia Blissett, Beth Thornton, Lizzy Twite and Niamh Nugent scoring well. Beth was particularly impressive with a PB in winning her 800m race. Another impressive Sale squad was the super fast relays team of Harriet Leah, Tia Blissett, Verity Garnes and Lizzy Twite whose slick baton changing was a pleasure to watch. Throwers Josie Canham, Hannah Oakman and Isobel Brett all contributed to an overall team victory. A special mention should go to primary school athletes, Tess Mc Hugh and Lizzy Twite who between them contested seven events to a very high standard. With young athletes like these our future at this level is secure.
A massive thank you from the team managers to all the team for a tremendous effort on the day, particularly those who stepped in at the last minute to compete in some instances for the first time in unfamiliar events such as Kemar Thompson, (Pole Vault), and Will Schofield (Hammer) both winners of the 'B' events. This is what a team effort is all about.
Produced by Pete Shaw, photographs courtesy of Ernie Greenwood www.darkstarphotos.com and Carl Worthington.
Posted 09/05/2013 11:52
On a freezing day at Crossford Bridge, over 100 young Sale Harriers represented the club with considerable success. The course was flat and firm but, with a hay bale to hurdle every 100m, it was difficult to get into a steady rhythm.
Ruby Bell won the U9 girl's race from Leah Wilkinson and with Isobelle Burk 5th, ensured team victory. Sale also had the next two teams with team counters Cara Cunningham, Annie Gavin, Sosija Dragisic Wood, Isobel Lamb, Charlotte Burns and Darcy Mc Cann. The under 9 boys were also clear winners with Thomas Boyd 3rd, Ben Wilson 5th, and Harvey Devenport 11th with a team of Nathan Harrop, Luca Davis and Oliver Rose in third place
Sale finished an incredible nine teams in the U11 girls race with Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite and Tia-Rae Barton finishing 2nd behind Liverpool while Alice Gale , Lauren Smith and Tess Mc Hugh finished 3rd out of 18 teams . The under 11 boys team of Bailey Hulse, Alex Kelly and John Gilbert finished 3rd behind Leigh Harriers and Manchester Harriers.
Luke Chesters won the under 13 boys race with Harry Boyd 3rd and Alexander Newman finished 7th to ensure team victory whilst a team of Cameron Buchan , Joseph Doyle and Colin Avison finished 2nd. Ellie Twite finished runner-up in the U13 girls race and with Frankie Davis and Mairead Power finished 2nd team behind Liverpool.. Sale also finished 3rd team with Leah Rimmington, Lia Sendwick and Chloe Taylor
Over the six races Sale finished teams in the first three places. Well done to all concerned and thanks to the Crossford Bridge staff who organised a most successful and popular annual home promotion
Posted 26/03/2013 11:36