West Yorkshire Track & Field League
Report by:Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers had a highly successful day at a recent West Yorkshire track and field meeting at Cleckheaton.
The senior men's 100m saw Wakefield athletes placed from first to fifth in the race, with Chris Bedford judged in first place, despite John Davies clocking the same time of 11.7 secs.
Under 20 athlete Johnathan Shearn was third in 12.1, with Steve Thorpe and Robert Higson-Blythe both timed at 12.2, with Thorpe securing fourth place.
The U13 boys' 80m sprint saw several athletes compete, with the best performance coming from Scott Howe, who secured points following a run timed at 12.2secs. Jamie Wilson (13.1), John Lunn (12.3) and Stephen Brennan (13.1) also ran in the heats.
Brennan also competed in the discus event, which saw him finish ninth with 14.52m. Also participating were Wilson (12.64m) and Howe (10.30m).
Michael Knighton secured a good fifth place in the U11s 600m, recording a time of 2:13.0. In the long jump competition for U11 boys, Knighton and Chris Brennan were placed fourth and fifth respectively, with Knighton - in a closely-fought contest jumping 3.54m compared to Brennan's 3.50m.
Nicole Crosby and Louise Brear, took part in the senior women's 200m, with Crosby securing victory in 25.3. Ex Harrier Fiona Barr was third in 26.8, with Brear placed fourth in 27.1 secs. Kelly Brow was fifth in 28.0.
Sharon Pryke won the senior ladies shot putt, with her top throw of 10.52m edging out Parkside's Barr. Third place went to Katie Richardson (9.12m), with Brow fourth (7.81m) and Crosby fifth (7.52m).
Vicky Lambert was a clear winner in the U17 women's 100m sprint, triumphing in 13.3 secs with Ruth Laybourn third in 13.6. Both Lambert and Laybourn also contested the 800m, with Lambert the top placed Harrier in third place with a time of 2:44.5. Laybourn was seventh in 3:11.4. Laybourn, having a busy day's competition, also won the long jump by a huge margin, following a leap of 4.88m.
Laura Robinson continued her winning streak with success in the U15 women's sprint in 13.3 secs. Amy Fozzard (14.1) also competed in the same race.
In the discus, Fozzard was placed fifth with 23.56m in a close contest, while in the U13 women's 80m sprint, Louise Shaw ran a convincing time of 10.8 secs.
The U13 girls 800m saw three Wakefield athletes, Hayley Briscoe, Jaydene Wright and Katie Shepherd, finish in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively. In a close race, Briscoe (2:46.9), Wright (2:47.6) and Shepherd (2:49.5) all scored league points.
In the long jump competition, Laura Teasdale was placed in sixth with 3.74m.
Another close race ensued for the first three places in the U11 girl's 600m race, with Samantha Lambert third in 1:58.4.