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AAAs Senior Indoor Championships

Report by: Bryan Murray

29th/30th January 2000 - NIA, Birmingham

Wakefield Harriers had one of the largest entries by the club in recent years at the CGU Indoor Trials and AAA Championships held at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

Middle distance star Shirley Griffiths cracked a class field at this year's championships by clocking a commendable 4.25.69 in the 1500m final. Her finishing time was just outside the qualifying time for the forthcoming European Indoors. However, final team selection has been deferred so Griffiths is still in with a chance of qualifying for the prestigious international event.

Top sprinter Emily Freeman entered the 60m sprint but had to withdraw through injury.

In the women's high jump final, Kerry Jury finished eighth equal with two athletes.

Wakefield had three female competitors down for the long jump event. Fiona Westwood decided to opt out, however, with the U20 championships coming up.

Jury and Becky Foster meanwhile had a busy schedule over the two days. Jury claimed a long jump fifth with Foster placed tenth.

In the 800m heats, Sarah Beevers, who is having one of her best winters yet, was never really in contention and finished fifth in 2:17.70. Alice Butler was a late 800m withdrawal.

Three Wakefield athletes competed in the 60m hurdles. In the opening heat, Foster and Ruth Dales were drawn against each other and finished joint sixth in identical times of 9.15 secs.

Jury, running in heat two, was a close-up third in 8.51 secs. Jury qualified for the final as one of the fastest losers. And she placed sixth in the final with a time of 8.56 secs.

Other notable performances by athletes who use Wakefield's indoor facilities at Thornes Park Stadium included: Ben Flint who won the men's pole vault with pb 5.35m; Janine Whitlock, the UK no 1 ranked vaulter who won with a championship best 4.20m; Jo Jennings-Steele who was equal second in the high jump with 1.79m.