West Yorkshire Track & Field League
Report by:Bryan Murray
Wakefield's Thornes Park Athletics Stadium recently staged the West Yorkshire Track and Field League 2000 event - hosted by Wakefield Harriers.
Top performers in the evening's competition included James Wild, who won the men's high jump with 1.95m.
A league best performance came from John Fletcher, who is having a great season in the long jump. He dominated his event with a leap of 5.69m way out of reach of his competitors.
Nicole Crosby, Katie Richardson and ex Harrier Fiona Barr were in contention in the ladies 100m. Crosby had a good start and quickly sprinted away to a 12.5 secs victory. Barr was second in 13.4 and Richardson a close third in 13.5.
Richardson turned the tables on team mate Crosby in the long jump, with three Wakefield athletes finishing in the top four. Richardson won with 5.26m, followed by Crosby (5.01), Barr (4.70) and Kirsty Hodson (4.52).
Barr's effort of 29.12m won her the discus event, as she edged out Harrier Sharon Pryke (27.16). Richardson was fourth with 23.18m.
The 200m sprint for U17 women was a great race from start to finish. Both the first and second placed competitors were given the same time, with the verdict going to Ruth Laybourn, who just pipped out Vicky Lambert into second place, with both timed at 26.9 secs.
Laybourn also won the shot putt, throwing the 4kg implement 7.34m, with Vicki Lockwood in third with 6.73.
In the U15 girls 200m, Laura Robinson was a clear winner, as she increased her lead around the bend to finish first in 26.5 secs. Nicole Welsh was second in 27.2, to record a one-two for Harriers.
Amy Fozzard broke another league record in sprinting to victory in the U15 girls 75m hurdles, as she notched a time of 12.3 beating Bingley athlete Frances Noble (12.6).
Louise Shaw was edged into second in the U13 girls 80m sprint, as she recorded a time of 11.3 secs.
The 800m U13 girls event was a good two-lap race, with the clear winner being Bethany Staniland (Skyrac AC). League points were scooped up, by Jadine Wright, 3rd in 2:43.0, fourth-placed Hayley Briscoe (2:48.0) and fifth placed Katy Shepherd (2:49.4).
Chloe Beckett finished runner-up in the U13 girls shot putt, with her best throw of the night being 7.90m. Club mate Laura Teasdale was a close third in 7.77m.
Samantha Lambert was just pipped by Leeds City's Francis-Smithson in the U13 girls 75m sprint. She was second in 11.3 secs, followed by Michelle Harrison (11.8). Both Lambert and Harrison also figured well in the top placings in the shot putt, with Harrison finishing second with a throw of 4.02m and Lambert ending up third with 3.99m.
Men - 200m: Steve Thorpe 24.1 (2nd), P Taylor 24.8 (equal 4th);
U15 - 80m hurdles: J Fletcher 17.9 (6th); long jump, R Hodson 3.43m (9th); 800m: J Lunn 2:47.0, K Hodson 3:08.8;
U13 - 70m hurdles: John Paul Dales 15.0, Jamie Wilson 15.9, J Lunn 15.4, Stephen Brennan 17.5, K Hodson 18.1, Chris Lockwood 19.2; long jump: Jamie Wilson 3.79m, J Lunn 3.43m, Stephen Brennan 3.37m, Chris Lockwood 3.34m, James Richardson 3.28m, L Pryke 3.24, K Hodson, 3.23m
U11 - 75m: Christopher Brennan 12.0 (6th), M Knighton, 12.1 (7th).
Women - 400m: Kirsty Hodson 70.3 (4th); discus: Nicole Crosby 18.81m (5th)
U17 - 200m: Vicki Lockwood 29.1 (5th), Linda Jowett 29.7; 800m: Vicky Lambert 2:40.7 (3rd); shot putt: Linda Jowett 6.00m (4th), Vicky Lambert 5.75m (5th)
U15 - 200m: Amy Fozzard 28.5 (4th), Carly Wright 29.7 (7th), Zoe Gowland 29.9 (9th); 1500m: Jan Faulkner 5:33.7 (6th); high jump: A Fozzard 1.40m (4th);
U13 - 80m: Katie Shepherd 12.9, Sarah Jowett 12.4, Hayley Briscoe 12.7, Danielle Welsh 12.9; 800m: Z Smeaton 3:15.0 (8th); 70m hurdles: Chloe Beckett 18.7; shot putt: Danielle Welsh 6.07m (6th), Katie Shepherd 5.29m, Sarah Jowett 4.46m, Hayley Briscoe 4.16m, J Wright 4.05m
U11 - 75m: S Enderby 12.0 (6th), S Swaine 13.0, A Smeaton 14.0, K Pryke 12.7, L Taylor 14.0; shot putt: K Pryke 3.57m (5th), S Swaine 3.20 (7th), L Taylor 2.06m.