McDonald's Boys YA League
Report by:Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers boys team travelled to nearby Cudworth for the second meeting of the Young Athletes competition at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium. The Harriers were hoping to consolidate on their first meeting, when they finished in first place.
In the U13 boys, Liam Ramsden finished second in the 100m A event, producing a time of 15.2 secs, and followed this up by securing third place in the 1500m with 5.42.7. Stephen Brennan finished third in the B 100m in 15.8 secs and set a personal best in the 200m with 32.4 secs.
John Paul Dales won his first ever race in triumphing in the A 200m event in a pb time of 31.3 secs, while multi-talented James Richardson finished third in the shot putt and fourth in the A 800m (3:09.8).
Scott Howe claimed third in the B 1500m (6:21.4) and a second in the A long jump event with 3.77m.
In the 4x100m relay, the Harriers quartet of Chris Lockwood, James Richardson, Jamie Wilson and Scott Howe secured fourth place with 64.3 secs.
In the U15 age group, the older athletes again managed to grab several first places in various events.
John Fletcher produced another sterling performance to win the long jump A event with 5.79m - a personal best and a grade 2 standard. He followed this up with a 3rd in the 100m A event with 14.0 secs and over the longer 200m, was 2nd in the A race with 25.9 secs. To cap a good day, he also claimed the Wakefieid club award for his long jump winning leap.
Charles Handley produced a series of good performances in the field events, starting off by winning the discus A event with 31.32m. He followed this up with a great grade one standard hammer throw of 41.55m, and in his third event - the A shot putt - he finished 2nd with 12.05m.
Ian Wainwright picked up the club track performance award for his display in the 800m B race, which he won in 2.21.5 secs. He scooped second in the 200m B race with 27.5secs.
Richard Cooper was also busy, finishing third in the 100m B event in 14.2 secs - and he bettered this with second in the 200m B race in 27.5 secs. He was also runner-up in the 80m B hurdles with 14.9 secs, a pb time.
Daniel Cooper, competing in his first-ever pole vault competition, produced a pb and second place, while in the 400m B race, he came home second in 62.2 secs. In the 80m hurdles A race, he notched his second pb in finishing second in 14.7 secs.
In the long jump B event, Sam Handforth claimed victory thanks to a 4.52m leap. He was third in the B shot putt (7.14m) and fourth in the 800m A event with 2.27.6.
Ben Sheen was the only Harrier in the 1500 race, coming in fourth in 6:00.8. He also notched a pb in the B javelin with 20.29m.
Daniel Galpin, in his first-ever pole vault event like Cooper, finished second, in his B event. He followed this up with a fourth in the A javelin with 22.22m, another pb.
The 4x100m relay team of Richard Cooper, Daniel Cooper, Ben Sheen and John Fletcher secured third place in 56.4 secs.
A much understrength U17 age group all produced wins in the strings and one third place. John Uridge won the McDonald's man of the match award for his displays on the track, with the field award going to Mark Lindsay for his three first places. Lindsay's three wins came in the javelin (51.35m), discus (32.78m) and shot putt (9.59m).
The A 400m race saw Andrew Thrower win in 58.0 secs, with the Harrier claiming third in the A long jump with 4.70m.
Martin Bernard had a good day, winning the B 400m (61.3secs), A hammer event (27.69m) and high jump (1.60m).
John Uridge produced a winning sprint double, after scooping first in the 100m (11.6secs) and 200m (23.9 secs). He made it a treble by winning the triple jump with 11.82m.
Second place - in a time of 49.5secs - was secured by the 4x100m relay men's U17 team of Andrew Thrower, Martin Bernard, John Uridge and Mark Lindsay.
Match result: Rotherham Harriers 171 points, Doncaster and Stainforth 163, Wakefield Harriers 136 and Blaydon Harriers 130.