National Junior Womens League
Report by: Bryan Murray
Photo by: Steve Crosland - Sports Action Photography - Tel. 01924 275942
Wakefield Harriers hosted a competitive match in the Premier Division of the National Junior League, with their ladies team finishing fourth. The match formed a 'double header' with a men's event also taking place - and Harriers' female stars did themselves proud.
Due to holidays and other commitments, the ladies team was considerably understrength, but due to some outstanding performances, they were able to snatch fourth place.
Helen Taylor in the midst of a great throwing season, won the hammer with a personal best throw of 47:83 metres. Another personal best saw Fiona Westwood clock 12.2 secs in the 100m sprint.
Competing in her first ever 400m race, U17 athlete Vicky Lambert finished in a creditable fourth. Kate Richardson won the B long jump, but then had to retire with injury, and subsequently had to pull out of the 4x100m relay.
The athlete of the match award was won by Helen Taylor, for her super throw in the hammer.
Wakefield Harriers are now third in the league and will be hoping to clinch a place in the national finals at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium after good displays at their next two events, due to be held at Cannock and Dumfries in Scotland.
Match result: 1st Sale Harriers 329, 2nd Wigan Harriers 270, 3rd Birchfield Harriers 238, 4th Wakefield Harriers 228.
B events: 100m: Vicky Lambert 13.1 (3rd); 200m: Vicki Lockwood 28.7 (6th); 1500m: Samantha Colley 5:53.9 (5th); 3000m: Faith Grant 13:06.4 (4th); discus: Helen Taylor 21.98 (5th); hammer: S Drake 32.89 (2nd); high jump: Ruth Laybourn 1.50 (3rd); javelin: Kimberley Nallon 20.99 (3rd); long jump: Kate Richardson 5.36 (1st); pole vault: Kimberley Nallon (1st); shot putt: Kate Richardson 8.99m (2nd); triple jump: Ruth Laybourn 9:00 (6th).