West Yorkshire Track & Field LeagueReport by: Bryan Murray
A large Wakefield Harriers contingent made the trip to York for the first West Yorkshire Track and Field League meeting of the season, hosted Nestle Rowntree at the Huntington Stadium.
First up was the senior men's 100m sprint. Richard Higson-Blythe was second in 12.0 secs, Steve Thorpe was a close tenth in 12.1 secs, and Paul Taylor pipped Mark Ainsworth with respective times of 12.4 and 12.5 secs.
In the senior men's 200m, Thorpe placed third in 25.0 secs in heat one. Heat 2 produced a great win for Higson-Blythe in 24.9 secs, while Ainsworth placed third in 25.6 secs.
In the U15 boys' 200m, John Fletcher had a good run to finish second in 25.9 secs. Fletcher showed his versatility with a high jump win from a best jump of 1.40m.
Jamie Wilson had to settle for fifth spot in the U13 boys' 80m sprint. Wilson clocked 13.0 secs in heat one. In the third heat, Scott Howe went faster (12.1 secs) to place third.
James Richardson had a best throw measured at 11.89m in the U13 boys' discus event. He was the top-placed Wakefield competitor with Wilson managing a best effort of 10.87m and Howe throwing 9,89m.
The senior ladies 100m sprint drew a large contingent from Wakefield, the event was held in two heats. In the first heat, Nicole Crosby won in 12.3 secs with Elaine Sutcliffe third in 13.0 secs and her sister Janet Robinson fourth in 13.2 secs.
Heat two saw Katie Richardson win in 13.4 secs and triple-jumper Kelly Brow was third in 13.7 secs.
The senior ladies' 400m again gained a good entry from the Harriers. Katy Metcalfe (Halifax Harriers) turned the tables on Crosby over the longer sprint after finishing second to Crosby in the 100m.
First heat winner was Metcalfe in 58.8 secs with Crosby second in 59.3 secs and Robinson third in 61.0 secs.
Kelly Brow was having a busy afternoon and turned out in the second heat of the 400m to win from Kerry Dobson, also of Wakefield, in 62.2 secs to Dobson's 63.4. Dobson also finished third in the senior women's 800m in 2:44.4.
Becky Fender, stepping into the senior women's 1,500m, and up against good opposition, placed second in 5:15.7.
A trio of Wakefield Harriers placed fifth, sixth and seventh in the women's shot putt. Top Harriers athlete was Katie Richardson with 8.22m with Nicole Crosby (7.33m) and Brow (7.27m) picking up the other placings.
Vicky Lambert one the first of the heats in the U17 women's 100m sprint by a tenth of a second in 13.6 secs. Linda Jowett was fourth in the same heat in 13.8 secs.
In heat one of the U17 women's 300m, Lambert was first Harrier home, second in 44.8 secs with Jowett fifth in 45.9 secs. Lisa Martin, in heat two, was very competitive and finished a close fourth in 48.8 secs.
The U17 women's 1,500m featured Aine Hoban who was third after 800m with Sam Colley leading the second group. At the finish, Hoban took second in 5:10.4 with Colley fifth in 5:32.8 and Martin eighth in 5:56.1.
Vicky Lambert switched to long jump next (women's U17s) and gained valuable winning points with a leap of 4.92m.
Linda Jowett earned herself sonic points by coming second in the shot putt in the U17 age group with a throw of 5.00m dead.
Laura Robinson was in top form in the U15 girls' 100m and won by about five metres in 13.3 secs.
For the U15 girls 800m, the sun broke through the gloom and Wakefield Harriers shone through also to take the first three places. Zoe Gowland held a two-metre lead at the finish in 2:29.0 with Carly Wright taking second in 2:29.6 and Lisa Hall finishing third in 2:34.6. Jan Faulkner finished third in the second heat of three in 2:41.0.
Amy Fozzard (U15 girls' high jump) was second with a best leap of 1.35m.
There was yet another good entry in the U13 girls' 80m, run over four heats. Louise Shaw was second in 11.4 secs with Katy Shepherd fourth in 12.8 secs. In heat two, Sarah Jowett won in 12.7 secs. Helen Briscoe was third in the third heat in 13.3 secs.
Over the 800m in the U13 girls' section, Shepherd placed sixth in 2:59.8 and club-mate Briscoe clocked 3:56.0.
Chloe Beckett had an outstanding day in her throwing events, she placed second in the U13 girls' shot putt with 7.25m. In the discus she broke the league record, throwing 25.72m to crack club-mate Naida Bromley's old record.
Samantha Lambert (U11 girls) continued her fine form with a win in the 75m sprint in 11.5 secs. Fifth was Jane Howe in 12.7 secs in her first of four races, and Linda Taylor was fifth in heat four in 14.2 secs.
The U11 girls' 600m, held over two races, saw Howe finish in 2:22.2. Lambert then gained a convincing 2:04.7 win.
And in the U11 girls' long jump competition, Howe might just have edged into the league points with an eighth-place finish with a best leap of 2.74m. Club-mate Taylor placed tenth in 2.67m.