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National Junior Mens League

Report by: Bryan Murray

23rd April 2000 - Thornes Park Stadium, Wakefield

Top performances from Wakefield Harriers' junior men gained them victory in their National Division 1 match held at Thornes Park Stadium.

The men's A 100m sprint was a fast one. Alan Ruddock bagged third place with the same time as winner Mayhew of Leeds City in 11.7 secs. The B race was slightly faster with John Uridge claiming winning points in 11.6 secs.

Over the 200m, Wakefield Harriers' athletes were just edged into second place in both the A and B events. Matt Young was just edged out at the finish by Dennon of Nestle Rowntrees in 23.2 secs, just a tenth of a second off the pace. Mark Ainsworth was the second placed athlete in the B race.

Over the 400m, Ainsworth lined up in the A race. The first two athletes were given the same time with Ainsworth taking third in 54.3 secs. Steve Faulkner took the B 400m in 57 secs flat. Faulkner followed his one-lap race with a fourth place in the 800m in 2:05.7. Richard Markey had to settle for fourth in the B 800m in 2:34.6.

The 110m hurdles drew only two athletes - both from Wakefield. Chris Hughff and Martin Bernard both completed the race. Hughff took the A race in 15.8 secs and Bernard was awarded the B-team result.

In the discus, Mark Lindsay threw 25.05m to secure second place in the A event. Team-mate Gareth Hall won the B event with a best throw of 22.12m.

Both Markey and Ainsworth, non throwers, gamely competed for valuable points with Markey placing third in the A competition and Ainsworth winning the B event.

High jumpers James Wild and Bernard secured top points by winning the A and B competitions. The event was top class with four athletes over 1.80m, but Wild won with his best leap of 1.95m. Bernard had to settle for 1.85m.

Wakefield's javelin throwers were in top form. Hughff didn't quite hit 60m he was just short with 59.31 to win the A event.

The men's long jump was also up to a high standard. Alan Ruddock (6.33m) was just a few centimetres short in second behind winner Weitz of Gateshead Harriers. Young also claimed second in the B event.

Lindsay and Gareth Hall placed well in the shot putt, Lindsay taking third in the A event with 8.38m, and Hall finishing second in the B competition with 6.18m.

Two Wakefield athletes battled it out for top spot in the triple jump. Uridge got the better of Hughff to secure the A event with 13.01m. Hughff took the B result with 12.14m.

Wakefield had to settle for second place from Gateshead in the 4x100m relay, while the 4x400m placed third.

Hughff was also voted athlete of the match for his exploits in the javelin and 110m hurdles.