McDonald's Boys YA LeagueReport by: Bryan Murray
Unavailability and injuries hindered team selection for Wakefield Harriers' Young Athletes League meeting at Thornes Park Stadium, but the team put in a stirring display and in the end were beaten by only 18 points.
In the U13 boys' section, Scott Howe was the only individual winner, claiming maximum points in the shot putt.
Nathan Elliot, in the U15 section, had two first places in the 400m B and 3,000m A. Ian Wainwright had two victories, he took the 800m then went on to win the 1500m B. Daniel Cooper and Richard Cooper won the 800m B and 1,500m A respectively. Wakefield's U15 sprint quartet won the 4x100m relay.
The depleted U17 squad still managed 11 first places, six seconds and three thirds.
Justin Howell won the 800m B, and Andrew Hall and Sam Handforth had excellent first places in the 1,500 metres A and B competitions. Mark Lindsay won the field athlete of the match award for his winning performance in the A javelin (54.24m). Chris Kirk had a brilliant double. He won the high jump with a 1.77m clearance and followed up with a 5.79m long jump victory. Charles Handley also completed a double in the hammer and shot.
U15: Tom Whitaker A 100m 3rd 13.1 secs, A 200m 3rd 27.2; Lewis Tatt B 100m 3rd 13.2 secs, B 200m 3rd 27.7 secs; Richard Cooper A 400m 2nd 61.0 secs, A 1500 1st 4:50.6, A 80m hurdles 2nd 13.8 secs; Nathan Elliot B 400m 1st 62.7 secs, A 3000m 1st 11:33.9, A discus 3rd; Ian Wainwright B 1500m 1st 5:58.0, A 800m 1st 2:13.2; Daniel Cooper B 800m 1st 2:19.5, B high jump 3rd, A long lump 3rd 4.65m; James Wilson A shot 3rd 6.20m, A high jump 3rd, B long jump 3rd 3.71m; John Paul Dales 80m hurdles 2nd, B shot putt 3rd, B discus 3rd; Daniel Galpin A javelin 2nd, hammer 2nd; 4x100m relay 2nd 53.4 secs (Tatt, Galpin, Elliot, Wainwright).
U13: Tim Smeaton A 800m 3rd 2:58.3; Michael Knighton A 200m 2nd 33.7 secs, A long jump 2nd 3.85m; Richard Foster B 200m 2nd 36.3 secs B 800m 2nd 3:00.2; Nicholas Reid B shot putt 3rd 3.66m, B long jump 2nd 3.27m.