McDonald's Girls YA League
Report by: Bryan Murray
Photo by: Steve Crosland - Sports Action Photography - Tel. 01924 275942
Wakefield Harriers had a slim chance to reach the Auxiliary final at Birmingham ahead of their McDonald's Girls Premier League meeting at Thornes Park - the last match of three qualifying meetings.
Wakefield fielded a strong side, but due to athletes from all the clubs being unavailable for various reasons, the match was close until the final event - with Wakefield eventually having to settle for third.
High jumpers Emily Mason and Kim Nallon produced Wakefield wins in the U17 age group, collecting maximum points in the A and B competitions. U15 sprinters Laura Robinson and Nicole Welsh had a great sprint double, winning both the A and B events of the 100m and 200m.
Meanwhile, Zoe Gowland held on at the finish to win the 1500 metre race, and another Wakefield win was secured in the B long jump by Lindsey Green.
Two double wins came in the shot putt, with Chloe Beckett demolishing the field with her throw of 8.19m in the A event and clubmate Laura Teasdale won the B competition with 6.34m. Good performances came from the whole team, but it was Gateshead Harriers, fielding a strong side, who denied Wakefield a trip to Birmingham. Despite the disappointment, Wakefield will be more prepared for next season.
Match result: 1st Wigan and District 393, 2nd Gateshead Harriers 374, 3rd Wakefield Harriers 323, 4th Hull Springhead 259.5, 5th Bingley Harriers 236.5, 6th Spenborough and District 209, 7th North Shields Poly 144, 7th Tynedale Harriers 123.
U17 B events: 100m: Aine Hoban 15.7 (5th); 200m: Vicky Lockwood 29.1 (4th); 300m: Sam Colley 49.5 (4th); 800m: Sarah Nicholls 3:57.4 (3rd); 80m hurdles: Kim Nallon 14.5 (2nd); discus: Sarah Nicholls 20.10 (3rd); high jump: Kim Nallon 1.45 (1st); javelin: Sarah Drake (3rd); long jump: Becka Reid 3.69 (4th); shot putt: Sarah Drake 6.52 (2nd).
U15 A events: 100m: Laura Robinson 13.2 (1st); 200m: Laura Robinson 27.0 (1st); 1500m: Zoe Gowland 5:10.9 (1st); 75m hurdles: Amy Fozzard 12.5 (2nd); discus: Carly Wright 14.28 (7th); high jump: Amy Fozzard 1.35 (4th); javelin: Abbie Gowland 18.95 (4th); long jump: Amy Fozzard 4.54 (2nd); shot putt: Zoe Gowland 6.42 (6th).
U15 B events: 100m: Nicole Welsh 13.4 (1st); 200m: Nicole Welsh 27.3 (1st); 800m: Lisa Hall 2:46.1 (5th); 1500m: Jan Faulkner 5:29.5 (3rd); 75m hurdles: Carly Wright 15.6 (5th); discus: Lisa Hall 11.53 (8th); javelin: Rebecca Wild 12.56 (4th); long jump: Lindsey Green 4.39 (1st); shot putt: Nicole Welsh 6.07 (4th).
U13 A events: 75m: Louise Shaw 10.2 (2nd); 150m: Louise Shaw 20.8 (2nd); 800m: Jaydene Wright: 2:45.5 (5th); 1200m: Hayley Briscoe 4:25.1 (4th); 70m hurdles: Laura Teasdale 14.1 (5th); long jump: Zoe Smeaton 3.53 (4th); shot putt: Chloe Beckett 8.19 (1st).
U13 B events: 75m: Danielle Welsh 11.8 (5th); 150m: Sarah Jowett 23.0 (2nd); 800m: Katy Shepherd 2:46.8 (2nd); 1200m: Zoe Smeaton 4:53.5 (4th); 70m hurdles: Chloe Beckett 18.3 (6th); long jump: Katy Shepherd 3.17 (4th); shot putt: Laura Teasdale 6.34 (1st).
U13 4x100 relay - D Welsh, L Teasdale, S Jowett, L Shaw 58.9 (3rd) U15 4x100 relay - C Wright, L Robinson, L Green, N Welsh - 53.4 (3rd) U17 4x100m relay: - B Reid, V Lambert, E Mason, V Lockwood - 54.3 (4th).