McDonald's Boys YA League
Report by:Bryan Murray
Team selection proved problematic for Wakefield Harriers boys trip to Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, for the first match in the Young Athletes League. But the team performed creditably to clinch the win.
In the U13 age group, Scott Howe clocked 14.7 secs for fourth place in the A 100m. Alastair Leneghan was second in the B 100m in 15.5 secs.
Ry Lodge-Brown showed his versatility with a fourth place in the 200m in 32 secs flat and a third in the 1500m in 6:04.7. John Paul Dates clocked a pb 32.7 secs in the B 200m.
In the 800m, Liam Ramsden was third in the A race in 2:47.8. Stephen Brennan was third in the B 800m in 3:12.4.
James Richardson was third in the shot putt with a pb throw of 5.89m. Richardson and Leneghan made it a clean-sweep in the long jump by winning both A and B competitions. Leneghan won the A event with 3.86m, and Richardson the B competition with 3.19m.
Christopher Lockwood, not usually associated with the longer distances, stuck in with a good second in the 1500m in 7:07.0. Lockwood was also placed third in the B shot with 5.18m.
The relay quartet of Dales, Lodge-Brown, Howe and Brennan produced a great performance for second in 61.2 secs.
Most of the U15s age group, whilst competing in three events and relays, notched up some valuable points.
John Fletcher had a superb sprint double, winning the 100m in 13.1 secs and 200m in 25.7 secs. Fletcher finished off his individual performance with a jump of 5.47m to win the A long jump competition.
Daniel Cooper had two first places in the B 100m and 80m hurdles in 14.5 secs and 15.6 secs respectively. Cooper then completed his third event, the 800m, and finished third in the A event in 2:31.6.
Another Harrier, Richard Cooper had two first places in the 200m B race in 27.7 secs and the sprint hurdles in 14,9 secs. Over the one-lap 400m, Cooper ran 63.5 secs for second place in the A competition.
Daniel Galpin, who competed in one track and two field events, finished third in the B 400m in 69.2 secs, first in the A high jump in 1.25m, and first in the A javelin.
Sam Handforth ran both the 800m and 1500m. He won the B two-lap race in 2:33.7, and was placed second in the longer distance with 5:24.6. Ian Wainwright claimed second in the A 1500m in 5:05.2
Ben Sheen competed in three field events, winning two and taking third in the other. Sheen took the high jump with a 1.25m A-event leap and threw 17.15m for first place in the javelin. His third place was claimed in the long jump with 3.68m.
The B discus was won by Cory Lodge-Brown with a throw of 11.53m. He also showed great stamina to place third in the A 3000m.
Charles Handley won all his A events in the field and to round off his busy day won the man of the match award for the field with his hammer throw of 41.76m. Handley's impressive figures were: shot putt, 10.14m; discus, 27.54m.
To round off the track races, Wakefield Harriers' sprint 4x 100m team won in 56.5 secs. The team was Fletcher, Galpin, Sheen and Wainwright.
Ian Wainwright also joined up with three other Harriers athletes, Handforth and the Cooper twins, to finish third in the 4x400m relay in 4:29.9.
The U17 boys performed out of their skins to win 14 first places in the age group.
Sprinters Alan Ruddock and John Uridge were in great form over both sprints and won them in convincing fashion. Ruddock won the B 100m in 11.7 secs and the B 200m in 24.2 secs. Ruddock's best distance in the long jump was an impressive 6.38m to win the A competition.
Uridge produced splendid times of 11.6 secs for the 100m and 23.2 secs for the 200m before going on to the triple jump with an A-event winning leap of 12.70m.
In the 400m A race, Andrew Thrower recorded a pb 60.5 secs to place second.
Steve Faulkner won the A 1500m in 4:19.5. He then tried his hand at the hammer - and won the B event with 17.15m. Faulkner gained Wakefield valuable team points with his throw. He also placed second in the B discus with 15.90m.
Martin Bernard won all three of his A events. He took the high jump with 1.70m, the pole vault with 2.10m and the hammer with 24.80m.
Mark Lindsay produced two wins, the A discus and javelin, and also claimed second in the B shot with 9.77m. Lindsay's throw in the discus was measured at 29.50m and in his main event, the javelin, threw up a distance of 50.42m.
The Harriers were confident in the 4x100m with Uridge and Ruddock in such blistering form. The result was no contest. Good runs from Thrower and Faulkner as well as Uridge and Ruddock secured victory in 49.2 secs.