Northern Womens LeagueReport by: Bryan Murray
3rd June 2001 - Thornes Park, Wakefield
Junior jouster Sarah Drake's UK rankings busting hammer throw at the Wakefield Harriers-hosted North of England Women's Track and Field League meeting spearheaded an outstanding team performance by the home club.
Drake, an U17 competitor who stepped up to the senior side, threw a massive pb 41.67m in the hammer to smash her on the-day opposition, and hoist her to the summit of the UK rankings.
But while Drake's throw eclipsed the opposition she and her teammates also bowled over their rivals with an emphatic victory that continued their promotion push. There was a string of top class performances that underlined the awesome strength of the combined senior, U17 and U15 women's teams at the club.
In the senior sprints, Louise Brear had a comfortable 100m win in 13.0 secs flat, and finished second to junior international Fiona Harrison of Barnsley AC in the 200m in 28.0 secs.Katie Richardson easily out-raced the opposition in the B event, clocking 13.2 secs without being pushed.
Zoe Gowland claimed maximum points in the Senior 200m B race in 29.9 secs as well as recording a notable victory in the 800m in 2:26.01. Samantha Colley moved down to the 800m distance to clinch the B race in 2:36.05.
Kerry Dobson and Colley finished first in the senior 400m A and B races respectively in 63.9 and 68.9 secs.
Aine Hoban (5:01.4) and Lucy Martin (5:28.8) provided first places in the A. and B senior 1500m races and in the 3000m Alex Tomlinson continued her fight back to full fitness with a resounding victory in an excellent time of 10:46.01. Faith Grant ran bravely to clinch the B race in 12:18.04.
The senior hurdles provided wins for Kirsty Hodson, who smashed her pb to record 68.8 secs in the A 400m, coupled with 19.4 in the 100m Brace. Kerry Dobson, despite being hindered by the erratic running of an opponent, finished second in the 100m B race in 19.2 secs.
Hodson continued her multi-talents by achieving third in the high jump A (1.40m) and third in the javelin.
Alex Carr made a welcome seasonal debut to win the high jump B in 1.40m. She also came second in the triple jump with a pb of 9.29m.
The senior long jump provided an expected win for Katie Richardson who dominated the opposition with a leap of 5.59m. Brear easily won the B with a distance of 4.34m and went on to clinch first spot in the trip with 8.96m.
The senior shot gave Wakefield a second in the A - Donna Calvert throwing 8.94m - and another first for Richardson in the B with 8.75m despite no warm-up throws.
Other notable results were Samantha Colley, fourth in the senior javelin with 29.22m and a win in the pole vault for Val Collier (2.20m). The discus provided a double victory as Calvert won the A (34.24m) and Sarah Drake the B (22.46m).
Wakefield's seniors went on to win both relays to complete a hugely successful day.
The U17s also provided outstanding performances. Ruth Laybourn notched victories in the A 300 hurdles (48.1 secs) and B long jump (5.09m), and Vicky Lambert made a comfortable winning leap of 5.42m in the A long jump coupled with victory in the 100m sprint in 12.8 secs.
Nicole Welsh continued her good form by winning the B sprints in 12.9 secs and 26.3 secs, while Laura Robinson won a fast 200m A race in a superb time of 25.8 secs.
In the 300m, Olivia Smith finished with a creditable debut time of 45.6 secs to take third in the A, while the B was won by Linda Jowett in 46 secs flat.
Other U17 results: Amy Fozzard won the 300m B hurdles in 51 secs and the shot; Carly Wright was second in the 800m in 2:29.2 and first in the 80m B hurdles in 16.2 secs; Lisa Hall won the B 800m in 2:39.01; Emily Mason maintained her excellent form in the A high jump with a victorious leap of 1.63m (she also won the A 80m hurdles in 12.8 secs); Rebecca Wild and Kim Nallon provided further success in the javelin, and Nallon had a superb 1.50m pb in the B high jump.
The U15s also contributed a huge points haul with top-class effort from all the girls. Naida Bromley again showed her outstanding ability as she won the A long jump with 5.21m, 100m sprint in 13.1 secs and the shot with a super putt of 10.09m.
Other U15 results: Louise Shaw was first in the 100m B in 13.8 secs and third in the 200m A race in 28.7 secs; Ashleigh Dixon was second in the B 200m in 30.1 secs and first in the 75m A hurdles in 14.2 secs; Chloe Beckett was first in the A javelin with a throw of 22.47m, third in the B high jump with 1.27m and second in the A discus with 23.36m; Laura Teasdale had a double first with wins in the B long jump (4.11m) and B shot (7.98m); Veronica Noonan claimed first in the B high jump with 1.27m; Abby Gowland's 17.74m throw netted her first place in the B javelin; Hayley Briscoe was fourth in the 800m A race in 2:40.5; Zoe Smeaton took first place in the B 800m in 2:45.07; Kimberley Bridges topped the discus chart with a 22.52m throw in the A event; Eve Hardbattle was first in the 1500m A in 5:20.8; Jan Faulkner made it a 1500m double in a 5:37.09 winning time in the B race.
The team now looks certain to gain promotion to Division 2.