News - Track And Field
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The National Junior League season ended at Derby at the weekend with the National Finals when a well represented club junior team succumbed to extremely strong Southern teams, with Shaftsbury Harriers heading Blackheath & Bromley for the title. Medals seemed destined for our athletes, who gathered 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 12 Bronze for a combined total of 23. Fine individual performances were registered during the day, highlights being the following.
Seun Okome soared over the HJ bar with a pb of 2m 01cm into a terrible headwind, whilst Ahtollah Rose came back to form with a 12m 66cm Triple jump. She inspired Lisa James to a new pb of 11m 54cm. These winds certainly did not help George Craddick's magnificent 47.08sec clocking, who gallingly missed the league record by one hundreth of a second. He then contributed a scintillating 46.8sec relay leg. Daniel Heald and Nathan Selby both clocked 21.8sec 200 metres runs, and Charlie Hulson and Ryan Moore had torrid battles in the 1500m, both coming away with Silver medals.
Brogan Crowley had an excellent day, registering hurdle victory in 13.95secs, followed by pbs in javelin (34.26cm) and shot (11m 32cm). Alex Wort contributed a 4m 10cm PV, 15.20sec hurdles and a fine pb of 34m 81cm discus. Abigail Fitzpatrick set the track event off with an impressive 400m hurdles win. Marnie Wells-Nicholls was engaged in a class HJ competition, which saw her achieve 1m 68cm.
Overall a fine season has passed, achieving the club's goal in reaching this National Final. Full detailed results can be found on the 'Power of 10' website. (Submitted by Team Manager Jack Frost)
Posted 11/09/2012 17:13
Those disappointed by not getting tickets to the Olympic Stadium could have had their disappointment eased by attending Sportcity on Sunday for the National Finals of the Young Athlete's League. The most talented youngsters from Great Britain's top eight clubs came together on the club's home-territory seeking this prestigious national title. The high level of competition from very talented athletes, some of whom will go on to become Britain's future Olympians was astonishing. The atmosphere, cheers and support from the Sale camp along the home straight was of such a standard the Olympic Stadium would have been proud and the whole day was blessed with glorious sunshine that'll have impressed the three southern clubs.
Kelly Chadwick was our star U13 athlete with three victories (long jump and sprints) all with Grade 1 performances. Olivia Green won the 1200m with a new PB of 3:57.73 (Grade 1) with Frankie Hacker Davis in fourth place. Two further middle distances performances came in the 800m with Aine Cunningham breaking her own club record with 2:20.67 in silver medal position whilst Ellie Twite won the B events. Meg Mc Hugh won the high jump whilst Maria Mc Polin got gold and silver in the sprints events. In the boys' events Jona Efoloko broke his own club 200m record recording 24.16 seconds in silver medal slot. Jona was also runner up in the 100m and hurdles all with Grade 1 performances. Anthony Bruton won the 800m and finished third in the shot, both Grade 1 performances. Ben Mosley was another Grade 1 athlete finishing second in the long jump. Luke Chesters broke his PB by four seconds to finish runner up in the 800m whilst Darnel Bell finished third in the hurdles. Jona, Darnell, Anthony and Ben teamed up to win the sprint relay in the fast time of 50.45 seconds.
Athlete of the day in the U15 event was Amy Williams who broke the long jump record to win with 5m60cms and recorded another Grade 1 performance to win the B high jump. Another Grade 1 high jump performances by J'Nai Ward who was runner up in the A event as well as silver medallist in the hurdles. Amy and J'nai teamed up with Isobel Reynolds Duffy and Charlotte Worthington to finish second in the relay with a super fast time of 51.05 seconds. Annabel Dowd, Sophie Ullah and Lauren Sturman were all medallists in the throwing events. Our strongest event of the day was the U15 boy's pole vault where Zac Harrop and Lewis Hannan both recorded PB's to win their events with grade 1 performances. Harry lord was runner up in the javelin with a PB whilst Jamal Crawford (200m), Adam Kinghorn (800m) and Euan Gilchrist (1500m) all improved their PB's by large margins.
In the U17 women's events, Alyssia Carr was runner up in the 100m and ran two Grade 1 performances in finishing in bronze medal position in the hurdles and 300m. Gabi George also recorded Grade1 performances in the 200m (3rd) and B 300 (1st). Megan Davis and Chloe Yates won both 1500m events. Chloe is an excellent role model for our younger athletes, running PB's all season whilst gaining 10 Grade A* s at GCSE. Our other medallists Lydia Randles (hurdles), Elin Jones 9100), Marnie Wells-Nichols (high jump), Alex Hastie (high jump), Jade Clarke (long jump), Akenke White (triple jump) and Beth Bolton (200m and 300m hurdles). The relay team of Alyssia, Gabi, Beth and Elin ran the tremendous time of 49.14 seconds to finish runners up.
In the U17 men's event Lloyd Robbins (long jump) and Denver Morrison (400m) won their events with Grade 1 performances whilst David Campbell again won the pole vault to add to his Northern league title. Our other medallists were Kobefo Ntabejane (400m hurdles), Chris Bradley (pole vault) and Josh Booth (hammer) whilst Jack Sheldon scored valuable points in all three heavy throws.
Congratulations to Edinburgh who won the match. Our inability to field two competitors in every event meant we finished in fifth place. Our elite athletes did us proud as twenty-one Grade 1 performances in a single match is an incredible performance.
Finally, special thanks must go to all who made it possible - team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray and their equally valuable assistants who led the teams to tremendous success through the season, to their coaches, parents and volunteer officials. Under 13 Emma Lowe was a wonderful example of club support. Her only event was the shot putt at 10.30, yet she (and her parents) stayed the entire day to cheer on the rest of the Sale Team. This is the final year of the current structure of the National Young Athletes League and it'll be interesting to see how the new 'Youth Development League' next year, that effectively combines the Natyal with the National Junior League, pans out.
Report compiled by Peter Shaw and Fechin Mc Cormick. Many thanks to Carl Worthington for his excellent photographs (see gallery below)
Posted 06/09/2012 08:36
WE WISH THE CLUB'S U13,U15 &U 17 BOYS AND GIRLS GOOD LUCK AS THEY REPRESENT THE NORTH OF ENGLAND IN THE NATIONAL YOUNG ATHLETES FINAL AT SPORTCITY THIS SUNDAY AND COMPETE AGAINST THE MIGHT OF THE MIDLANDS , THE SOUTH-EAST AND EDINBURGH TO BECOME BRITAIN'S TOP CLUB.
Posted 29/08/2012 12:29
The England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships last weekend
at Bedford international Stadium was the culmination of a
very successful year for several of the club's athletes. Two -
Kevin Metzger and Amy Williams also produced Gold medals. Anthony
Barbet, the club's huge supporter of the club's young athletes,
Posted 22/08/2012 16:13
The final British Athletics League match of the summer took
place last Saturday at Liverpool's Wavertree Stadium and, for the
first time in a number of seasons, we found ourselves in the
unusual position of being able to relax. After having struggled to
6th place in match 1 as a result of fixture clashes, we produced
two outstanding results in matches two and three to finish 2nd and
3rd, which meant that while we weren't in a position to fight for
the league title, going into the final match we were also
mathematically safe from relegation.
Posted 22/08/2012 16:12
On Wednesday 8th August the primary section athletes took to the track, 10 of our young under 9 athletes took part in the young athletes mini league and had a wonderful evening of athletics competing in the 80m, 150m, and 600m, long jump and javelin. The athletes that took part were Holly Scholes, Gabriella Hensman, Melisa Booth, Lucy Armitage and Sofija Dragisic-Wood. The boys were Dominic Reid, Kane Saville , Thomas Boyd, Sam Preston and Matthew Johnson. All events entered produced a top 3 place from the girls and boys.
Melisa Booth- Silver - 80m (joint place)
Gold - 150m
Gold - Long Jump
Gabriella Hensman - Silver - 80m (joint place)
Bronze- Long Jump
Holly Scholes Gold- 600m
Lucy Armitage Silver 600m
Matthew Johnson Bronze - 80m
Bronze - Long Jump
Thomas Boyd Silver - 600m
Bronze - 150m
Dominic Reid Bronze- 600m
Kane saville Silver - 150m
Sam Preston Silver - Javelin
Posted 17/08/2012 08:30
The final fixture of the Northern Premier Lea-gue of the National Junior League season was successfully contested loosing narrowly to host team Edinburgh. It confirmed Sale's passage into the National Final which will be held on Sunday Sept 9th in Derby. The club is very appreciative of all the athletes and officials that gave up a full weekend to secure this result.
The women, led by Brogan Crowley who was awarded female athlete of the match with her 14.18sec hurdle victory into a strong headwind, then followed up with good performances in the Javelin and Shot. The sprints were well looked after by Olivia Callaghan and Gabrielle George (victorious in both 100/200m 'B' events. Megan Davies had an impressive 3000m victory, and Alex Hastie was too good for the other high jumpers. Chloe Yates worked very hard in the 800/1500m races, but events were nullified by strong winds hampering all the times. Charlotte Dickinson, Jasmine Burke, Lauren Bowen and Marnie Wells-Nichols all scored massive points.
Daniel Heald's 22.10sec victory in the 200m was adjudged to be the male athlete of the match, defeating Liverpool's Tom Boyce and Edinburgh's Tom Holligan, who had earlier edged out Roy Ejiakuekwu in the 100m. Further victories for Luke Betts (800m), Callum Greenwood (3000m), Seun Okome (HJ), Alex Wort (110mH) set the ball rolling for Denver Morrison-Massey (400m) and Ryan Moore's securing wins in their 'B' events. Alex contributed greatly in 3 other events (PV,Jav,Shot) as did Jack Sheldon ( Jav,Discus,Hammer) and Joshua Booth (Hammer,Shot and Discus)
Team Edinburgh 23pts to the National Final
Sale Harriers 22pts to the National Final
Team Glasgow 11pts
Kingdom Athletics 9pts Relegated
Team Forth Valley 3pts Relegated
(Submitted by team manager Jack Frost)
Posted 15/08/2012 08:21
On Monday 30th July at 10 o'clock 52 young people aged 8 to 14 arrived at Crossford Bridge for the first 2012 Star Track week. Several were members of Sale Harriers but at least half were going to experience a week of athletic fun and enjoyment aimed at their age groups and presented by Ann Marshall and her team of experienced coaches.
Divided by age into training groups, the young people with their group coach and helper were coached in sprints, hurdles, shot, discus, javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump and 800m during Monday to Thursday. They then tried each of these events resulting in them having a list of personal bests.
On the Friday, the flags of many nations were displayed and the group of youngsters were divided into teams representing Great Britain, Jamaica and Canada and they all took part in an Olympic event. They also had the opportunity of holding an Olympic torch loaned by Sale Harrier coach Keith Hunter.
Each youngster was given a Star Track T shirt, goodie bag, personal best list and either a gold, silver or bronze medal at the end of a busy week. The second week starting on Monday 13th August is already oversubscribed with Ann reporting that nearly 80 children are booked in, let's hope it stays dry.
(Report and photos presented by Roger Devlin)
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33
The coach and two of his multi-event athletes from the Sale multi-events group selected to represent England in the latest Home International held at Stoke's Northwood Stadium, produced a rewarding weekend of strong performances. Brogan Crowley led the Under 20 Women to victory and Alex Wort was only pipped by his team-mate in doing the same thing for the Under 20 Men in a contest that England won handsomely under the guidance of Chris Bartram among other England coaches.
Coming soon after her triumphant English Schools title in the hurdles, Brogan's first international selection provided the perfect stage on which to demonstrate her burgeoning skills, one she took full advantage of. Her first day ended with a new personal best in the 200m after her previous three events had all almost yielded p.b's. Overnight she led the Under 20 competition and was pushing the Senior Women. Near p.b's in the Long Jump and Javelin on Day two left her winning her category but tantalisingly short of the significant 5000 point mark for the heptathlon. As a confidence-boosting performance before preparing her assault on the English Schools Combined Events title in September this could hardly have been better. We wish her all the best for a successful end to her season.
Alex's strong showing proved that he has recovered very well from a slight injury so he should take great confidence into the rest of his season. He managed to produce a consistently effective string of marks that always kept him towards the top of the leader board including a new personal best in the High Jump and near misses in the Discus, Long Jump and 1500m. With five weeks of hard training in prospect as preparation for his English Schools Combined Events competition, Alex can realistically look forward to a rewarding end to his Under 20 career.
Other athletes from Sportcity competed in the Under 17 Women's championships being held alongside the international match.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls has almost nothing to be ashamed of in coming fifth nationally and taking the Northern silver medal. After decent High Jump, Hurdles and Long Jump performances, her new 200m and Javelin personal bests put her in a position where she promised a higher eventual finish but her 800m run put paid to that hope. However in scoring above 4000 points for the first time she has an achievement that should be recognised.
Georgia Pickles came away with a well-deserved Northern Championships bronze medal and sixth place nationally having performed strongly over the gruelling seven discipline competition, one she has not trained specifically for so far. Producing new personal bests in the 80m hurdles, Shot Putt and 200m while equalling her Long Jump p.b, her row of strong performances kept her in handy positions on the leader board. She cemented her medal with a strong finish in the 800m final event to climb upwards towards her medal. Well done Georgia.
Jessica Hodsman competed well in the heptathlon competition and came away with a number of notable marks. New personal bests in the 80m Hurdles and the Long Jump were complemented by close misses in the 200m, Javelin and 800m to leave her with a final score of 3600 points which should give her much encouragement for the future.
For further information contact; Chris Bartram at Sportcity. Article and photos courtesy of Allan Wort
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33
A most enjoyable final fixture of the Northern Premier League at Halifax on the weekend, saw the club finishing 2nd to Wakefield, securing another season in the Northern premier division.
Nathan Roach led a spirited men's squad, himself having victories in both sprints, a fine 6m 05cm long jump, then winning the 'B' high jump, which featured Seun Okome's winning 1m 94cm performance in the 'A' event. The women were led by Emily Beedham who had a fine 1500m victory following a second in the 3000m. 17 year old Lauren Bowen scored massive points in hurdle races, high jump and triple jump.
Top performance of the day was in the Pole Vault where Matt Cullen soared over 4m 70cm, closely followed by Jack Andrew's 4m 50cm, who then secured a 15.1 pb in the 110m hurdles. Kirsty Law unleashed a superb discus throw of 51m 18cm, which was then matched by John Nichol's 14m 43cm shot.
Final League Tables for 2012.
1 Preston Harriers 18 pts
2 Hull Kingston 17pts
3 Sale Harriers 17pts
4 Wakefield Harriers 15 pts
5 Blackburn Harriers 12 pts relegated
6 Holmfirth Harriers 4pts relegated
(Presented by Team Manager Jack Frost. Full results available on http://www.thepowerof10.info/)
Posted 10/08/2012 08:32