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McDonald's YA League

Report by: Martin Cunnane

16th May 1999 - King George V Stadium, Grimsby

Despite some cracking individual performances, Wakefield Harriers' U17, U15 and U13 Girls squads had to settle for second place in their McDonald's League premier division match in Grimsby.

A very powerful Sale squad won the match with 405 points from Wakefield on 336. Hosts Hull Springhead were third with 301, Gateshead fourth on 246, Tynedale fifth with 216, Hallamshire sixth on 186, Spenborough seventh with 157, and Oldham and Royston eighth on just 111.

Wakefield's U13s starred with Louise Shaw leading the way with a superb sprint double. She started with a hard-earned victory over Tynedale's N Pearson in the A 75m where Shaw just got the verdict on the dip with both athletes being awarded identical times of 10.3 secs.

Shaw went on to beat the same athlete in the A 150m by an increased margin of three tenths of a second, clocking a pb 20.2 secs.

Emily Locker completed a Wakefield A and B double in the 75m, taking maximum points in the B section in 10.9 secs. Locker just failed to repeat the feat in the B 150m when she was beaten into second place by the thickness of a vest in a desperately close finish with Gateshead's Kate Beaton. Both athletes recorded identical times of 21.6 secs.

Super all-rounder Naida Bromley carried on Wakefield's domination of the U13s section, hurdling superbly to snatch victory in the A 70m hurdles final in 12.3 secs. She completed a sparkling A-string track and field double by taking the long jump by a 40cm margin from Gateshead's E Whewell, winning with a good jump of 4.49m.

Bromley ended the day by helping team-mates Shaw, Locker and Ruth Jones to a runaway victory in the 4x100m relay. Wakefield's speedy quartet won by 12 metres in a highly respectable 56.6 secs.

U13 relay squad member Jones had earlier made her first league outing in the club colours and just one tenth of a second stopped her from making it a winning one as she finished runner up to Sale's C Wilson in the B 70m hurdles in 13.5 secs. She also supplied the points from fourth in the shot putt.

In the U15s, Yorkshire high jump champion Emily Mason saw off the opposition in the A high jump in no uncertain terms, winning by 15cms with her day's best clearance of 1.55m. Mason just failed to notch an A-string double when she was beaten by a tenth of a second by Greater Manchester hurdles champ' Louise Rudkin in the A 75m hurdles, eventually having to settle for second in 12.1 secs.

First-year U15 Kate Smith kept up her fine form by winning the B 100m comfortably in 13.1 secs, and went on to fail by a whisker to complete a B string sprint double. She was beaten on the nod in the B 200m by Sale's H Griffin, both athletes being awarded a time of 27.3 secs.

Laura Robinson was also involved in a tight finish in the A 200m, just failing to hold off Sale's R Sweeney and eventually having to settle for the runners up berth a tenth of a second behind the winner in 26.3 secs.

Amy Fozzard continued to give a good account of herself, just failing to take maximum points from Gateshead's H Jackson in the B 75m hurdles. Both athletes finished locked together at the line in 12.8 secs with the Gateshead girl getting the nod from the judges. Fozzard also finished third in the A long jump with a highly respectable 4.68m leap.

Vicky Lambert finished just 8cm runner up to Sale's, Vicky Lamb in the B long jump with her day's best being measured at 4.60m. Carly Wright also finished second in the B 800m, clocking 2 mins 34.9 secs.

In the U17 women's competitions, Rachel Bower clocked 51.3 secs in the B 300m hurdles to win by a comfortable margin while team-mate Kirsty Hodson recorded 50.3 secs to place third in the corresponding A race. Hodson also finished second in the B 80m hurdles and continues to give good service to the club.

Amy Lloyd tried hard to get on terms with Sale's Nicky Carhill in the A 80m hurdles but eventually was forced into second in a respectable 12.8 secs. She also finished fourth in the A javelin.

Helen Singleton put in a good effort in the A 800m, failing by just one second to peg back Tynedale's S Kirby who won in 2 mins 22.7 secs. Singleton had earlier finished a good third in the B 200m, and looks certain to continue her improvement.

Lucy Martin collected second-place points in the B 800m, won by Sale's Donna Riding in 2 mins 24,8 secs.

Kate Richardson finished second in the B high jump with her best clearance of 1.40m.

Jenny Norton showed good form in winning the A discus by five metres from Spenborough's C Holmes. She went on to supply the points for second in the B javelin competition.

R Bowyer made a successful debut in club colours, supplying maximum points in the B event of the discus to provide Wakefield's second A and B double of the day.

One of the best performances of the age group was provided by Aine Hoban who stayed on stoutly in the A 3000m to finish second in a pb 10 mins 51.8 secs.

Hoban, who is in her first year of the age group, is a progressive sort and looks capable of great improvement. And with luck in training she should develop into a contender for next year's major competitions.

Other Wakefield team members were: Jenny Handley, Katie Shepherd, Ruth Laybourne, Victoria Lockwood, Laura Teesdale, Hayley Atkinson, Rebecca Wild, Zoe Gowland, Samantha Colley.