West Yorkshire Track & Field League
Report by:Bryan Murray
Thornes Park Stadium recently played host to an action-packed Complete Runner West Yorkshire Track and Field League meeting. Conditions were overcast with a strong head wind down the home straight.
Richard Higson-Blythe was fifth in the senior men's 200m. Other Wakefield Harriers' times in the men's 200m were Paul Taylor 25.4 secs, Mark Ainsworth 25.5 secs, Steve Thorpe 25.6 secs.
John Fletcher, U15 boys' 100m, placed third in 13.8 secs but he managed to share the league Points with Shaw of Halifax Harriers. Fletcher came up with a 17.49m throw to place sixth in the discus with Ryan Hodson, a first-year boy, throwing 10.97m.
In the U15 boys' 800m, Sam Handforth placed fourth in the second heat of three in 2:29.9.
In the U13s 800m, John Lunn was first Harrier home in 3:02.8 with Scott Howe 3:04,0, Kyle Hodson 3:13.4 and Jamie Richardson 3:15.3 also showing up well.
A new event of the U13 boys was the 70m hurdles which attracted a large Wakefield entry. Wakefield finishers were: Howe fourth in 14.7 secs, Lunn 15.2 secs, Jamie Wilson 15.5 secs, Jamie Richardson 17.2 secs, Chris Lockwood 17.3 secs. Wilson also cleared 1.30m for second in the high jump with Lockwood fifth on 1.10m.
In the U11 boys' 75m, Chris Brennan was fourth overall in 12.4 secs. He also took fourth place in the long jump with a best leap of 3.44m.
In the senior women's 200m, several Harriers secured valuable points.
Nicole Crosby, a new close season signing, won in 25.7 secs, second was Elaine Sutcliffe in 27.2 secs and her sister Janet Robinson was third in 28.3 secs. Kelly Brow was fourth with 28.7 secs and U20 women Katie Richardson and Kirsty Hodson timed at 29.4 and 30.4 respectively.
The women's long jump also attracted a big entry with athletes using the wind to their advantage.
Fiona Westwood secured victory with a superb jump of 5.73m, a new league record. Katie Richardson was second and was the only other athlete over five metres with a best of 5.37m. Brow jumped 4.98m for third with Crosby fourth with 4.79m, Hodson sixth with 4.36m and Amy Ridsdale leaping 4.05m.
The U17 women's 200m threw up a cracking encounter, Wakefield athletes Ruth Laybourn and Vicky Lambert were neck and neck at the finish with Laybourn getting the verdict though both had identical times. Vicky Lockwood placed fourth in 29.3 secs and Lisa Martin recorded 31.0 secs flat.
Wakefield had two athletes in the U17 women's 800m. K Johnson of Halifax was a clear winner with Aine Hoban fourth in 2:34.2 and Sam Colley clocking 2:39.3.
Laybourn won the U 17 women's 80m hurdles in a new league record 13.3 secs. She went on to compete in the discus and placed fifth with a throw of 18.80m. Club-mate Lambert secured third place with 19.88m. Amy Fozzard took second place in the U15 girls' 75m hurdles in 13.6 secs.
In the U15 girls' shot, Fozzard (8.47m) was pipped by Skyrac's Nowland who putted 8.55m. Lisa Hall placed tenth with 6.02m.
Good sprint times were clocked by Harriers U11s Samantha Lambert (11.4 secs) and Sara Endersby (12.0 secs) for second and third respectively.
Katie Pryke was fifth in 12.8 secs with Sam Swaine just outside the points in 13.2 secs. Jane Howe clocked 13.4 secs and Linda Taylor 14.3 secs.