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NoEAA Indoor Championships

Report by: Bryan Murray

16th January 2000 - Stanley Park, Blackpool
22nd/23rd January 2000 - Don Valley, Sheffield

NoEAA indoor championship medallists 2000
What Wakefield Harriers lacked in numbers for the two-centre North of England Indoor Championships they made up for in medals.

The competition was hosted jointly by Blackpool Sports Arena and Don Valley Stadium.

Blackpool - 16th January 2000:

John Fletcher won the U15 boys' long jump competition. His best attempt was 5.48m in the fifth round.

The U20 women's long jump featured two Wakefield athletes, Fiona Westwood and Katie Richardson.

Westwood, in her last year in this age group, and Richardson in her first season, recorded 5.76m and 5.25m respectively. Westwood won it with Richardson placed fourth.

Sheffield - 22nd/23rd January 2000:

Martin Bernard just failed to break into the medals in the U17 men's high jump with a best of 1.80m. The following day in Birmingham he made 1.89m.

Two athletes featured in the senior women's long jump final, Fiona Westwood and Becky Foster. Again Westwood had a good distance between her and her nearest rival, winning gold with a 5.69m leap. Foster secured bronze with 5.37m.

New signing Kelly Brow and Richardson contested the senior women's triple jump.

Brow took bronze with 11.17m (the competition was won with 11.33m) while Richardson. lacking in experience, made 10.20m

The senior women's high jump final was a close-run thing. Wakefield's Judith Payne was a silver medallist with a second equal jump of 1.70m, same as the winner.

Emily Mason, U17 women's high jump final, jumped the same height as the bronze medallist but lost out on count back.

On day two, Westwood was again in full swing in the women's U20 60m sprint. She finished second in her heat (8.01 secs) and clinched the title with a 7.81 secs run in the final.

Two Wakefield competitors, recent recruit Nicole Crosby and Ruth Dales, contested the senior women's 60m sprint. Crosby was up against GB international Diane Allahgreen in the final after winning her heat in 7.80 secs. She took silver to Allahgreen with 7.74 secs to the winner's championship best time of 7.45 secs.

Dales was edged out of a finals place with a heat time of 8.20 secs, but went on to secure third in the 60m hurdles final also in 8.20 secs.

John Fletcher secured his place in the U15 boys' 60m final with a heat time of 8.01 secs. He took bronze in a blanket finish in the final with a crossthe-board time of 7.88 secs.

Ruth Laybourn and Victoria Lockwood recorded respective heat times of 8.46 secs and 8.45 secs in the U17 women's 60m.

Emily Mason, out of the medals the previous day, scooped gold in the U17 women's 60m hurdles final on day two. She clocked a pb 9.39 secs in the semifinal and won the final in 9.50 secs. It is her first year in the age group.

Two Wakefield athletes, Katie Smith and Laura Robinson, competed in the U 15 girls' 60m sprint. Smith gained a secondplace heat finish with 8.49 secs while Robinson won heat five in 8.41 secs.

Smith was a third-placed semi-finalist with 8.59 secs but missed out on a finals berth. Robinson finished second in her semi in 8.36 secs and put in another good time (8.39 secs) for fifth in the final.