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West Yorkshire Track & Field League

Report by: Martin Cunnane

26th May1999 - South Leeds Stadium, Leeds

Wakefield Harriers' female section continued their domination of the women's section of the West Yorkshire Track and Field League in the third of their seven fixtures held at South Leeds Stadium.

Wakefield U13 girls kicked off a successful evening for the team by winning all three of the contests held for their age group.

Naida Bromley again showed her precocious athletic talent by notching a notable track and field double, first gaining maximum points from the discus with a 20.33m throw, with club mate Chloe Beckett fourth. Bromley completed the double by shadowing the leaders in the 800m before sprinting into the lead on the second last bend to open up a sizeable gap, which she held to the line without problems, finishing over 5m clear of runner-up L Kirk (Skyrac), clocking 2mins 34.4 secs.

Bromley was only denied the treble by clubmate Louise Shaw who again demonstrated her tremendous sprinting ability by beating Bromley by 2/10ths of a second in recording a speedy 11 secs flat, with the rest of the field soundly beaten.

Wakefield's successes continued apace in the U15 girls section, with Laura Robinson again putting in a powerful performance in the 200m, leading early to hand out a comprehensive beating to Spenborough's top performer, Rachael Gobbi, clocking a personal best 26.7s, the same time as club mate Ruth Laybourne, who was judged fourth. With Vicky Lambert fifth in 27.9s and Lisa Martin sixth, Wakefield filled five of the top six scoring places.

Yorkshire U15 high jump champ Emily Mason kept the ball rolling for the Harriers by winning the high jump by a 10cm margin with her best clearance of 1.50m, setting up a Wakefield 1-2 with Laybourne, who finished the evening at the top of the U15 girls individual points league table, with Amy Fozzard fifth overall.

In the 1500m won by Sarah Holah of Pudsey and Bramley in a highly respectable 4m 58.2s, Wakefield's L hall supplied fourth placed points clocking 5m 19.6 secs.

Moving on to the U17s, Katy Richardson also headed a harriers 1-2 in the discus from Haley Atkinson, with Kirsty Hodson filling fourth spot. Atkinson went on to increase her personal points tally by finishing third in the 200m behind S Bleasdale of Nestle Rowntrees, with Hodson again in the points with fifth overall.

In the senior women's section, international runner Shirley Griffiths stepped down to the 800m and turned the race into a procession, leading from the off to steadily draw clear of team-mate Sarah Beevers, eventually winning by over 20m in 2mins 12.9. Beevers stayed on well to take second in 2mins 18.1s, with Sarah Entwistle of Spenborough third in 2mins 19.2s.

In the 100m Elaine Sutcliffe chased Bingley's Nicole Crosby home, finishing 4/10ths adrift at the line with the winner recording 12.4s and her sister Janet Robinson took another reasonable step after 10 years out of the sport, recording a very reasonable 13.5s to take fifth place.

Robinson, (nee Wyard) is a classy athlete who retired 10 years ago to start a family and she still holds the West Yorkshire league record for the 400m, and going on her present form looks likely to improve vastly on her current status.

Finally, in the U11 girls competitions, Jaydean Wright saw off the opposition in no uncertain terms in the first heat of the 600m recording 2mins 06.0s, but unfortunately for the youngster, the second heat proved to be a fraction quicker and she finished second overall.

Very few athletes turned out for Wakefield in the male section of the competition, with the best performances coming in the U15 and U17 age groups. At U15 level John Fletcher finished runner-up in the 200m to Holmfirth's Tom Jennings, clocking 26.4s with the year older Jennings recording 25.3s. Jennings also collected maximum points in the shot with a commendable put of 11.55m, and Fletcher again getting in the scoring with fourth place.

In the U17s, John Uridge finished a closeup fourth in the 100m in 12.2 secs, with second, third and fourth places being awarded identical times. Halifaxs Robert McKenzie clocked 12.0s in first position.

In the 800m, Richard Markey led throughout to record a victory, with his winning time of 2m 16.6s .