Spenborough & District AC Winter Warmup Meeting
Report by: Martin Cunnane
Some of Wakefield's track and field athletes took advantage of the Spenborough AC Spring Warm Up at the Princess Mary Stadium in Cleckheaton and were rewarded with a lovely warm spring day which ensured a healthy level of competition.
The Harriers provided eight event winners on the day as well as a host of placed athletes and finalists.
In the senior women's events, 400m international Elaine Sutcliffe warmed up for the coming season with a bloodless victory in the 300m running powerfully to open up a winning margin and eventually crossed the line easing down 20m clear of the runner-up in 41.2 secs.
Amanda Sheppard headed a Wakefield one-two in the discus beating club mate Jenny Cunnane by just over one-and-a-half metres with her day's best throw of 36.65m. Cunnane who competes in the World Vets Championships in August, started her season with a good effort of 34.95m.
In the U13 girls' events, L Shaw notched a notable sprint double, first winning the 80m in 11.4 secs before going on to complete the double with victory in the 150m, where she recorded a personal best 21.4 secs.
At U15 level Victoria Lockwood had to work hard to win the 80m which she duly landed clocking 10.8 secs, and Vicky Lambert prevailed in the long jump with her best leap of 4.56m.
Kate Richardson opened her seasonal campaign on a winning note seeing off the opposition in the U17 women's long jump with her day's best effort of 5.00m.
In the U17 men's event Alex Senior looked sharp, sprinting away from his opponents over the last 120m to win the 1000m by a wide margin in 2 mins 42.3 secs and looks set for a successful season.
Finally in the U15 boys, last year's Yorkshire County U13 triple gold medallist John Fletcher leaped 4.85m to land the honours in the long jump final.