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National Junior Mens League

Report by: Martin Cunnane

25th July 1999 - King George Stadium, Grimsby

Wakefield's sparse U20 men's squad made a determined bid to halt their slide towards relegation, and a fighting performance by the small band of athletes on duty in the penultimate National Junior League division one fixture at Grimsby saw them take joint fourth place.

With just one match remaining, the Harriers now look favourites to avoid the drop and arguably their best performance was provided by up and coming hammer thrower Robert Taylor.

Taylor celebrated his recent British Junior Powerlifting victory in the 110kg weight division by totally outclassing the opposition in the A hammer to win by a 20m margin with an effort of 53.63m. Taylor, who is renowned for being an athletic heavyweight, is also known for his track exploits and besides finishing fifth in the A discus and sixth in the A shot also raised the biggest applause of the afternoon by finishing sixth in the A 400m hurdles.

Chris Hughff also put in a good day's work starting with a comfortable victory in his favoured event the A javelin, beating Hull Springhead's Alan Higginbottom by almost 8m with his best throw of 52.44m. Hughff followed up with second in the B high jump, sixth in the A long jump and third in both the A triple jump and 110m hurdles to illustrate his all-round ability.

Alex Senior, 16, also made a favourable impression, just failing to overhaul Hull's J Mills in the 1500m, he eventually had to settle for runners up spot just 8/10ths of a second adrift in 4 mins 17.1 secs. Senior went on to finish a brave second in the 800m, further increasing his personal points contribution.

Another 16-year-old, Richard Markey, put in one of his best runs of the season running strongly from the off in the B 1500m, He opened up a sizeable gap entering the final lap and running on sturdily he held it to the line, finishing nine seconds clear of Sheffield's Dan Teasel in 4 mins 44.9 secs. Markey also supplied the points from third in the B 800m and sixth in the B 400m.

James Wild, another of Wakefield's talented U17 squad drifted in to fill the gaps in the junior team and supplied a hatful of valuable points finishing second in the A high jump, fourth in the B long jump and third in the B 400m hurdles.

Other Wakefield team members were: Mark Smith, Karl. Krauss, Alan Ruddock, Matt Young and John Uridge.