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National Junior Mens League

Report by: Martin Cunnane

22nd August 1999 - Herringthorpe Stadium, Rotherham

Robert Taylor
Wakefield Harriers' under-strength U20 men's squad pulled out all the stops at the recent National Junior League Division 1 meeting at Rotherham's Herringthorpe Stadium.

Wakefield worked diligently throughout the afternoon's proceedings in order to avoid relegation, and completed their mission with a fourth place finish on the day with 238 points behind Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Grimsby who totalled 308, 301 and 240 respectively.

The Harriers headed Rotherham 236, Hull Combined 185 and Hull Springhead 151 to secure fourth spot in the final league table.

Arguably the best performance of the day for Wakefield was provided by UK-ranked junior hammer thrower Robert Taylor who destroyed the opposition in the A hammer with his opening throw of 53.92m. He eventually won by over 13 metres from Chesterfield's Nick Hill.

Taylor went on to score valuable points from fifth place in the A shot and sixth in the A discus before carrying his not inconsiderable frame around the track in the B 3000m where he raised the biggest cheer of the day in finishing a remarkable third.

Chris Hughff also put in a good effort in his favoured event the javelin, winning the A string competition by almost ten metres from Chesterfield's Liam Galligan with his best throw being measured at 55.61m.

Hughff also added the points from third place in both the A 110m hurdles and A 400m hurdles, sixth in the A long jump and third in the A triple jump.

First-year U17 John Uridge justified his team selection by providing maximum points from a win in the B triple jump which he won by a narrow 3cm margin over Chesterfield's Galligan with a best effort of 11.61m. Uridge also finished seventh in both the A 100m and 200m races.

Yorkshire U17 800m champ' Alex Senior again slaughtered the opposition in the A 2000m steeplechase. Travelling well within himself, he came home unchallenged 20 seconds in front of Hull Springhead's James Gaynard in 6 mins 58.1 secs.

Senior just failed to notch an A and B string track double when Chesterfield's D Teasel relegated him by four tenths of a second to the runners up spot. Senior's time was a pb 52.9 secs. The Wakefield youth ended his personal contribution with fifth place in the B high jump.

Another of Wakefield's U17 Yorkshire champions, James Wild who holds the high jump title, showed good all-round form after being beaten by five centimetres into second in his favoured event the high jump where he cleared 1.85m. He went on to finish third in the B hammer, sixth in the B shot and fourth in the B long jump.

Other Wakefield squad members were Jonathan Shearn, G Reynard, Mark Ainsworth and G Hall.