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Yorkshire County Track & Field Championships 2000

Reports by:Bryan Murray

13th & 14th May 2000 - Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Barnsley

Early Report - Additional reporting to follow

This year's Yorkshire Track and Field Championships at Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Cudworth, was dominated by athletes from Wakefield Harriers.

And well-known athletics coach Wilf Paish added his praise to the Wakefield club, saying: "Thank heavens for the Wakefield athletes who competed in the championships."

Wakefield, sprinter Nicole Crosby had a sprint double in the senior ladies' group, winning both the 100m and 200m.

Ruth Laybourn won the U17 100m sprint and high jump while team-mate Vicky Lambert clinched another double with the 300m and long jump.

Multi-eventer Kerry Jury had a busy weekend of track and field competition. She won the 100m hurdles, was second in the 200m, third in the high jump and second in the long jump.

Fiona Westwood fought off injury in the long jump competition while Nicole Gautier clinched third.

The women's 800m produced a great finish with Rebecca Lyne, Hallamshire pipping Wakefield duo Griffiths and Butler at the line.

One senior record fell on the day to Suzanne Roberts of Wakefield Harriers in the hammer. She recorded a fine 51.51m - a new championship best performance.

Becky Foster in the women's javelin, produced a throw of 40.28m to win the title, holding off Michelle Lonsdale also of Wakefield Harriers.

Wakefield dominated the women's distance races. Shirley Griffiths won the 1500m with a massive effort, and Julie O'Mara took the 3000m title.

U20 men's Chris Hughff produced a great result, taking the 110m hurdle crown in 15.36 secs. Hughff went on to claim another Wakefield double with a best on-the-day throw of 58.64m in the javelin.

Two Wakefield athletes contested the U17 men's 100m final, John Uridge and Alan Ruddock. Both had good starts but Uridge held his form to win in 11.23 secs. Ruddock was just edged out of the medals in 11.39 secs.

Alice Butler, on the second day, was again pipped for gold and took silver this time behind Rebecca Lyne (Hallamshire) in the 400m final. Butler's time was 56.76 secs.

The senior women's discus final threw up another Wakefield champion, this time - Susan Backhouse whose best throw from six was measured at 41.50m.

One of the last finals produced another gold for Charles Handley, in the U15 boys' shot. His best throw was measured at 12.32m.

Other placings and performances:

U20 men: 2 James Wild, high jump.

U17 men: 2 Steve Faulkner, 800m (2:4.01); 2 John Uridge, long jump (6.19m); 3 Alan Ruddock, long jump (6.06m).

U15 boys: 2 John Fletcher, 200m (25.06 secs).

Senior women: 2 Vicky Shepherd, shot putt (11.93m); 3 Sharon Marshall, 3000m (10:54.59); 3 Jenny Cunnane, pole vault (2.70m); 4 Sarah Beevers, 800m (2:19.21); 5 Helen Singleton, 800m (2.19.57); 6 Becky Fender, 800m (2:22.15); 4 Emily Freeman, 100m (12.34 secs); 5 Elaine Sutcliffe, 100m (12.60 secs); 6 Fiona Westwood, 100m (12.65 secs); 8 Ruth Dales, 100m (12.90 secs); 4 Ruth Dales, 100m hurdles; 2 Julia Sykes, 400m hurdles; 3 Tara Wilson, 400m hurdles.

U17 women: 3 Vicky Lockwood, 100m; 2 Vicky Lambert, 200m (26.62 secs)

U15 girls: 3 Olivia Smith 200m (28.03 secs); 2 Amy Fozzard, 75m hurdles (12.50 secs); 2 Amy Fozzard, long jump (4.86m).

The U15 girls' 4x100m relay squad provided the last victory of the meeting for Wakefield Harriers. The team of Laura Robinson, Olivia Smith, Nicole Welsh and Lynsey Green won in a combined 52.69 secs.

Additional Report

Further results from the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Cudworth.

Wakefield Harriers had two athletes - Jamie Wilson and James Richardson competing in the U13 boys' events. Wilson just missed out in the medals in the shot putt final, finishing, 4th with 6.27m, while in the long jump final he finished 9th with 3.65m. Richardson's best attempt in the shot putt of 5.05m yielded him, 10th place.

Wakefield Harriers produced some super results in the U15 boys age group, with Ian Wainwright performing well to qualify for the 800m final in second place in 2:19:81. In the final, Wainwright hung onto fifth place, against good quality opposition.

Charles Handley did well to claim a bronze medal in the discus final with 31.85m - to trail Parkside Harriers athlete Hinds, who threw a championship record.

Multi-talented John Fletcher finished 5th in the discus final with 23.71m and also ended up just out of the medals in the high jump final, recording a best jump of 1.45m. His best performance was reserved for the long jump, which he won convincingly - producing a super best jump of 5.50m.

The U17 men's competition also yielded some good results, with Mark Lindsay - in superb throwing form - winning the gold medal with a tremendous effort of 56.43m almost eight metres over his competitors.

Steve Faulkner had a great weekend, just missing gold in the 800m final in a blanket finish with Boxell (Barnsley AC), who just pipped Faulkner in 2:01.47 secs. Faulkner finished in 2:02:41.

Over the 1500m distance, Faulkner ran a tremendous race - but, unfortunately for him, Skyrac- athlete Spencer held on. in the home straight-to deny Faulkner, who finished in 4.15.79, to take a silver medal again.

The junior men's high jump final featured two Wakefield athletes, James wild and Chris Hughff.

Wild was just pipped into second place, jumping the same height as Booth (Barnsley AC), who produced a jump of 1.95m - but on countback, Wild agonisingly had to settle for the silver medal. Hughff's best effort of 1.80m was just not enough for a bronze medal.

In the senior men's 400m final, Mark Ainsworth settled for 7th spot in 55.31 secs, as he tried in the final straight after a good first half of the race.

Harrier Jaydene Wright did well to qualify for the 800m final after finishing 4th in the heats, and in the final - in a close race for the first three places, Wright ended up in 7th spot in 2:43 81.

The Harriers had four finalists in the U15 girls 200m final. Laura Robinson scooped gold, while Olivia Smith took silver. Nicole Welsh finished in 5th in 29.06 with Carly Wright in 7th place with 29.21 secs.

Wright also made the 800m final along with Zoe Gowland, but a fast pace over the first 400m saw both Harriers fall out of the leading bunch. Wright finished 6th in 2.31:80, followed home by Gowland (2:32.30)

Amy Fozzard carried on her busy day by finishing just out of the medals in the shot putt event, with her best putt of 8.88m giving her 4th place. She did better in the long jump, claiming silver with 4.86m. Lyndsey Green (4.58m) and Nicole Welsh (4.43m) just fell short of a medal.

In the women's U17 1500m event, Aine Hoban found the pace too fast as she trailed home in 5th place recording 5:10.08.

Ruth Laybourn's effort of 7.46m was enoughto give her silver in the-shot putt event, while Kimberley Nallon just missed out on a bronze medal in the high jump final, finishing 4th with 1:40m - the same height as the bronze medal winner, but losing out on the countback.

In the senior women's sprint events, Harriers had five finalists in the 100m and three in the 200m event.

Emily Freeman, struggling with injuries, was 4th in the 100m final with 12.34 secs and 5th in the 200m final with 25:40. Freeman had a tremendous 1999 season, but since starting at Birmingham University, has been dogged by injury, hopefully this performance will leave her in good spirits.

Helen Taylor scooped silver in the senior/junior women's hammer final, with a best throw of 44.63m. Cassie Wilson was third with 41.81m, Just ousting Harrier colleague Sarah Drake (32:11m)

Michelle Lonsdale, returning from shoulder injury problems, will have been delighted to win a bronze medal in the javelin event with a best throw of 37.84m Kerry Jury finished 6th with 34:41 m.

Harriers also had several athletes in the long jump final, with Fiona Westwood and Kerry Jury finishing 1st and 2nd respectively.

Katie Richardson finished 5th with 5:53m, with Becky Foster in 6th with 5.42m and Kelly Brow 9th with 4.99m.