Wakefield District Harriers & AC Spring Open T&F MeetingReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers and Athletics Club held an open track and field competition at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield - amid ideal weather conditions.
Timothy Smeaton secured third place on the under 11 boys 600 metres, over the lap and a half distance, while in the long jump, Michael Knighton impressed with a best jump of 3.33m.
Wakefield Harriers had clean sweep in the final of the under 11 girls 80m sprint, with Samantha Lambert coming home first in 11.9 secs, followed by Mickalla Harrison (12.4 secs) and Sarah Endersby in 12.7 secs. Lambert and Harrison kept up the good work by finishing first and third in the 600m race, the pair clocking times of 2:02.9 and 2:11.2 respectively.
Lambert capped a fine day by winning the under 11 girls long jump event with her best leap standing at 3.49m. Endersby finished third with a best jump of 3.28m.
The final of the under 13 boys 800m was a close affair, with Wakefield's Alastair Leneghan performing well, before going on to the long jump with his best attempt of 3.97m enough to place him in third place.
In the U13 boys shot putt, Jamie Wilson was pipped for third position by Harwood (Rotherham) after a putt of 5.59m.
The under 13 girls sprints were dominated by Louise Shaw, of Wakefield, who won both the 100m and 200m events. Shaw triumphed in the 100m in a time of 13.5 secs, with Sarah Jowett finishing third in 15.1 secs. Later on in the day, Shaw won the 200m by several metres in 28.7 secs.
Under 15 athlete John Fletcher secured a trio of first places in the sprints and long jump events. He easily won the 100m in 12.7 secs and followed this by coasting to victory in the 200m in 26.2 secs, with Wakefield's Robert Cooper finishing third. His only effort of 5.24m was enough to gave him first place in the long jump, with Andrew Staniland of Skyrac in second place with 5.08m.
The 800m final of the under 15 boys event saw Harriers' athletes finish first and third, with pride of place going to Sam Handforth, who won by three metres in 2:21.9, with David Cooper (2:25.0) settling for bronze.
Daniel Galpin reigned supreme in the under 15 boys shot putt, recording 5.78m.
Laura Robinson won both her sprints effort, narrowly getting the nod over Doncaster athlete Wainwright after both recorded the same time of 13.2 secs in the 100m. Katie Smith, also of Wakefield, finished third in the final in 13.9 secs.
Over the longer distance of 200m, Robinson proved too strong for Wainwright, winning by several metres in 27.1 secs, to maintain her good early season form. In the U15 girls 75m hurdles, Amy Fozzard came home in 13.1 secs.
The Harriers also came up trumps in the 800m race, with four finishing in the top five.
Carly Wright finished first in 2.29.5, with Lisa Hall securing third in 2.37.6, trailed by Amy Fozzard (2:41.50) and Jan Faulkner (2:48.3)
Fozzard had to settle for runners-up spot on countback in the U15 girls long jump, recording 4.54m, with Lynsey Green earning the plaudits with a jump of 4.54m.
A close contest in the U15 girls high jump was shaded by Rachael Wild with 1.30m, exactly the same as Bowker (Holmfirth), but Wild getting the advantage on countback.
The U17 men's 400m saw Andrew Thrower cross the line in 61.0 secs.
Last years U15 AAA's champion Mark Lindsay kept up his winning streak in the U17 men's javelin, with a throw of 54.57m - a personal best.
Wakefield duo Susanne Roberts and Lynsey Jones were first and second respectively in the hammer, with Robert's best of six throws recording 48.83m. Jones's best attempt stood at 41.71m.
The junior/senior womens' shot was comprehensively won by Vicky Shepherd with 12.21m, followed by Emma Morris (10.70m), Sharon Pryce (10.22m) and Amy Ridsdale.