NoEAA Cross Country ChampionshipsReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield runners notched up creditable performances in the North of England Athletic Association's Great North Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn.
It was an undulating course. First off were the U13 girls whose one-and-a-half mile course included a steep hill at the mid-section.
Jadine Wright was the only Wakefield runner among over 200 competitors. And in her first race back after injury she finished a creditable 61st, two minutes down on the winner.
In the U15 girls' race, Jasmin Kerry enjoyed one of her besting outings of the winter. She joined team-mates Carly Wright, Eve Hardbattle and Jan Faulkner who were up against some of the country's top performers in a 260-strong field.
Kerry stuck with the fast pace to finish 13th overall with the others staying on well to gain Wakefield tenth in the team event.
Aine Hoban and Sam Colley lined up in the U,17 women's 5,000m race. Hoban got blocked in following a furious start but worked hard to get among the leaders after 1,600m.
She moved through to tenth then came off the hill section to finish strongly for an outstanding seventh overall in 23 mins 17 secs. Colley clocked 27 mins 37 secs.
All Wakefield's athletes will be keeping their fingers crossed for selection, for the forthcoming West. Yorkshire Schools cross country trials when they must, finish in the top eight to secure a place in the West Yorkshire team that will go on to contest the English Schools championships.