News - Track And Field
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Posted 06/12/2016 10:38
After the second round of the Sportshall League, Sale are leading in the U11 boys, U11 girls and the U13 girl’s competitions and are in 2nd place in the U15 girls.
In the U11 girl’s events, THEA BROWN, SHONA WILKINSON, LUCY HERBERT, OLIVIA BUCHAN, ISABELLE BEAUMONT and CAITLIN Mc MANUS teamed up to win both the obstacle relay and the sprint relay. LEONARDO SCOTT was the star of the U11 boy’s events with two victories in running events whilst TORIN LINDSEY had an excellent run to finish 3rd in the three lap time trial.
The U13 girl’s were in great form with individual wins from KIA CLARKSON, MELISSA BOOTH, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, ELLIE COLQUHOUN-LYNN and HERMIONE MASON. OSA ODEMWENGIE was runner-up in two events and teamed up with MELISSA BOOTH, JASMINE RICHARDSON and OLIVIA BROWN to finish 3rd in the relay.
In the U15 girl’s competition, multi-events star SCARLETT WHITTAKER competed in a wide range of events including a win in the vertical jump. SOPHIE TILLEY won her shot event whilst MEGAN GREENWAY, ELLA MARSHALL, TIGGY FALLOON, POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON, CHARLOTTE BUCHAN and ELLA WILSON all competed with distinction to boost our point’s total.
Many thanks to parents, coaches, team managers and officials, who make these events such a success. The final match is at Sportcity on Sunday 11th December
Posted 14/11/2016 11:31
Jenny Meadows is a British Olympic athlete. Her main event is the 800m, (1:57:93 pb) although she previously competed over the 400m (52:50 pb). She is the fourth-fastest British woman over 800 m, behind Kelly Holmes, Kirsty Wade and Lynsey Sharp. She has previously held the post of chief athletics coach for Manchester City Council.
Some of Sale Harriers young endurance athletes recently spent the day attending a masterclass at Sportcity hosted by Jenny Meadows. The youngsters took park in a drills workshop that delved into the biomechanics of an athlete & how to correctly engage your core when running. The session also included race prep, recovery exercises and finished off with a question & answer session followed by photo opportunity and autographs. Athletes who took part were - Mia Gibbons, Mia Lownes, Alex James, Tia Rae Barton, Ruby Bell, Lara Crawford, Izzy Burke, Lizzy Twite, Penny Townsend, Anouska Brooks, Tess McHugh & Alice Tonge. Jenny has kindly offered to do another session in the New Year. Contact Dave Marsh if you are interested.
Posted 26/10/2016 15:39
Diane Royle (nee Williams) has sadly passed away aged just 56. She was a member of the club in the 1970's and 1980's, her main event was the javelin. Diane went on to throw the javelin for Scotland and competed in the commonwealth games. Diane still holds the club record for the javelin. Her record of 62.22m was achieved at Stretford stadium in 1985 and has stood for nearly 32 years.
Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this sad time.
Posted 14/10/2016 17:39
Sale, as the current Greater Manchester Sportshall champions in the U11 boys and girls age-groups, started the defence of their titles against opposition from ten teams from all over the county in a match featuring competition for U11, U13 and U15 athletes in a range of events – speed-bounce, obstacle races, relays, vertical jump, standing jumps, shot, javelin, parlauf and running events.
In the U11 boys LEONARDO SCOTT won the one lap race and performed well in the javelin whilst TORIN LINDSEY was first in the three lap race. Torin and Leonardo teamed up with OLIVER PERRIN, MATTHEW YOUNG, DANIEL HARRISON and TOM HOBSON to win the sprint and obstacles relays. ERIC HEYWORTH made an impressive debut in winning his sprint race. MACKENA BRADSHAW won the U13 shot with a PB whilst JACKSON WARD was 2nd in the four lap event.
In the U11 events THEA BROWN, ELLA GILLESPIE, SHONA WILKINSON, OLIVIA BUCHAN, CAITHLIN McMANUS and SIENNA JADE-PARK all had individual victories in running events whilst Ella and LUCIE HERBERT jumped impressive PB’s in the vertical jump. ISABELLE BEAUMONT, GRACE EDMUNDSON, ELEANOR BOYD, GRACE BOOTH, HOLLY ABBOTT and ELIN PARRY also performed well in their events.
The U13 girls were in dominant form with the dream team of MELISSA BOOTH, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, HERMIONE MASON, ESME ALDRIDGE, JASMINE RICHARDSON, OSA ODEMWENGIE, DIDS PARISH, KIA CLARKSON and OLIVIA BROWN. Kia made a spectacular debut which was notable both for her win over four laps and her hair-do. (Well worth the effort!). HERMIONE MASON was a comfortable winner over six laps with DIDS PARISH in third place. PS’s were set by Sofija in the speed bounce and by Osa and Jasmine in the shot. Melissa, Olivia, Osa and Jasmine ran well in the sprint events and made up the relay team
The U15 team of MEGAN GREENWAY, ELLA WILSON, TIGGY FALLOON, GILEEN BOYUNGA and CHARLOTTE BUCHAN performed well but will need a few more athletes if they are to challenge for the team title.
A big thanks to the management team of CHRISTINE TYRER, LAURA PEARSON and STEVE BOOTH. The next match is Sunday 13th November at Sportcity.
Posted 10/10/2016 10:49
The club’s star athlete in the Cheshire Multi-Events at Macclesfield was SOFIJA DRAGISIC WOOD who won the U13 girl’s title to claim her first ever county title. SCARLETT WHITTAKER, who was the silver medallist last year in the U13 age-group, finished in the bronze medal position against strong competition in the U15 girls age group. HERMIONE MASON and HARRY BOYD competed with distinction just missing out on podium positions.
Then club’s U 13 & U15 girl’s track relay teams have had a great year setting National YDL and club records whilst competing with great success in the National YDL Final, Northern Premier League and England Athletics Relay Challenge. They finished the track season on a high note with all seven teams which represented the club in the Cheshire Track Relay Championships finishing in the medals. The U13 girls finished 1st and 2nd team in the distance relay with our sprinters finishing 1st and 2nd teams in the sprint relay. Well done to OSA ODEMWENGIE, RENE GOOSEN, JASMINE RICHARDSON, MELISSA BOOTH, ISABELLE BURKE , OLIVIA HERRON, TAYLOR EDWARDS, LIBBY HILL, KIA CLARKSON and GRACE TONGE.
Then U15 girls won the sprint relay by a big margin and finished runners up in both the medley and distance relays. Well done to LIZZY TWITE, ALICE TONGE, PENNY TOWNSEND, PRAISE OWOEYE, CHLOE NEWBIGGING, JESS NELSON and CHARLOTTE MAIRS.
Those wishing to continue representing Sale Harriers in relay events will now change surface to compete in the Northern Road Relays at Sportcity on September 25th and the Northern XC Relays in Sheffield on October 22nd.
Posted 15/09/2016 10:59
Kadeena Cox’s place in the history books is written in permanent marker now. The 25-year-old Sale Harrier has swept through a staggering amount of work during her brief time in Rio.
Two years since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Cox won her third Paralympic medal in the space of six days when she braved the searing Brazilian heat to cross the line in a thrilling T38 400m final in a time of 1min 0.71secs, becoming the first British Paralympian to top the podium in two different sports in the same Games since 1984.
None of it has been straightforward for a woman who competed in able-bodied sport before suffering a stroke in 2014. Her condition can deplete her energy levels and many people thought that she should choose between athletics and cycling. But that is not Cox’s style.
When she became the first British Paralympian to win two medals in two different sports since Isabel Newstead’s discus gold and shooting bronze in 1988, clinching the C4-5 with a world record ride on Saturday night, her world record ride in the Velodrome came 24 hours after her bronze in the T38 100m.
Cox found herself pushing against the weight of history again in yesterday morning’s 400m final. It was hot inside the Olympic Stadium and Cox had to produce a determined charge down the home straight to see off China’s Junfei Chen, who looked in control of the race after they went round the bend. Brazil’s Veronica Hipolito won bronze.
“I took it a little bit easy through the first 200 and I was meant to work a little bit harder through that top end and I didn’t do it as well as my coach would have liked,” Cox said. “But I was comfortable and knew I had a lot left. I’m pretty strong at the back due to the cycling. I knew I would have it.
“But then the Chinese girl was there stride for stride and I was like ‘No, please don’t take it away from me’. By the end I was hobbling all over the place and I’m over the moon. My legs were feeling it. I was worried I would fall. That has happened before and you spend a lot of time crawling. I’m just glad I managed to get through it. I’m in agony and I’m in one piece thanks to the team behind me.”
There was only going to be one winner once Cox accelerated away in the 200m, even though she is an inexperienced 400m runner. “That was my third 400,” she said. “I’d done two and they were two seconds apart so it could have gone one way or the other so I wasn’t sure if it was going to go better or worse. But I just ran it how I knew I could and was strong at the back end. I wanted to make sure I worked and could come home strong.”
Laughing and smiling, Cox was wrapped in a Union Jack when she walked away from the track. “It’s amazing, I’ve managed to do it,” she said. “I’m a gold medallist and world record holder in two sports. Oh, that is literally what I was dreaming of. I was sat praying before I did it. I was just like ‘please God, please God, get me there’ and I’m so thankful.”
Posted 15/09/2016 08:19
Having already won their 9th Northern title in 10 years, our U13 & 15 boys and girls competed in its 13th successive National Final at Bedford International Stadium. Representing the North of England against Britain’s best teams, including the Scottish and Welsh Champions, gave the clubs U13 & U15 boys and girls their first taste of international competition. The level of competition was extremely high among athletes, many of whom will become British internationals.
Victory went to Southampton with Sale unable to repeat their 2014 victory, finishing a highly creditable 4th. This was a great result from a team that showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach under the guidance of inspirational team captains RUKA SHONIBARE and SAM EBONINE. The quality of performance was indicated by our medal tally of 25 gold, 17 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Our gold medallists were ABRAHAM FOBIL, (4), SAM EBONINE (2), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2), SCOTT WOODS (2), CALEB ADENUGA, SOPHIE ASHURST, AMY HASLAM , FANNY OSARUMEN ODENWENGIE, (gold in 75m, silver in 150m and silver in 4 x 100m relay) RUKA SHONIBARE, LAURELLE OBI, LOUIS APPIAH KUBI, MIA LOWNDES, LIZZY TWITE, MACKENA BRADSHAW, RENE GOOSEN, JESS NELSON, THEO UDUOISE, KANE SAVILLE and JOE HERBERT.
This was a great week for ABRAHAM FOBIL as his four victories at Bedford follow on from three more at Trafford on Monday which included a club U13 javelin record of 42m 20cms. We gained most success in the four sprint relays winning three and runners up in the fourth. A special mention to pole-vaulter SOPHIE ASHURST (whose father was the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Champion) who was third in the National Champions last week and is young enough to defend the YDL title she won this weekend.
Our silver medallists included MIA GIBBONS (2), LOIS McTIFFIN (2), DEVON WEYMONT, PENNY TOWNSEND, TESS Mc HUGH, MELISSA BOOTH, OLIVIA HERRON and JASMINE RICHARSON. A special mention to SAM WORTHINGTON who was third in the long jump, and also competed in three other events. What would we do without him or our other two four-event men – BEN KERSH and LEWIS HINDLE. Our other bronze medallists were RUBY BELL, ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, PRAISE OWOEYE and BROGAN RUDMAN. With so many of our medallists still at Primary School, we can look forward to continuing success next year. A special mention to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD for competing in such a diverse range of events and congratulations to JESS SPILSBURY in her PB over 1500m.
A big thanks to all runners and jumpers who helped the club take part in the throwing events. Our lack of specialist throwers cost us dear at this level and something the club will need to address if we are to regain this National title.
It’s impossible to acknowledge everyone but every boy and girl can be proud of what they have achieved and the honour they have brought the club this season. It would, of course, be impossible to achieve this level of success without team managers DAVE MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON.
Thanks also to the excellent photos taken by Terry Hindle.
Posted 05/09/2016 11:56
A team of the club’s 10 – 13 year olds took on ten other teams as part of a challenge match featuring relays and Highland Games field events within the Manchester International at Sportcity.
Our boy’s team, managed by JOHN SMITH & PETE ROUGHNEEN was particularly successful. Well done to MACKENA BRADSHAW, HARRY EDMUNDSON, DOMINIC REID, JOE HERBERT, JED BAILEY, SAM WADSWORTH, ALEX JAMES, CALEB ADENUGA, LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI and THEO UDOISE. The boys had wins in the sprint relay, medley relay, long- jump team event and a third place in the continuous relay whilst Louis won the Highland Games weight for height event (kilts optional!).
Our girls’ team was managed by PETE SHAW and, though its members were small in stature, they were big in heart. Our tactic in selecting girls for the Highland throwing events on the basis of Scottish sounding names proved unsound in practice and in future, we will emulate the boy’s selection policy of the ‘bigger the better’. We did, however, win the medley relay; finished 2nd in the long-jump team event; third in the continuous relay and fourth in the long distance relay. Well done to LUCY HERBERT, DIDS PARISH, TAYLOR EDWARDS, ISABELLE BURKE, LIBBY HILL, OLIVIA HERRON, PENNY TOWNSEND, OSARU ODEMWENGIE, KIA CLARKSON and LIZZY TWITE.
England Athletics were very generous with awards of AAA engraved silver salvers, plaques and medals for successful teams and individuals and Sale Harriers came away with a veritable treasure trove.
Posted 18/08/2016 11:17
It was a busy weekend for athletics in Manchester with a Northern League match on the Saturday followed by the UK Womens Athletics League on the Sunday. Both at Sportcity in Manchester. Athletes, officials, coaches and volunteers all came out in force despite the start of the Olympic Games in Rio being a distraction on the tely.
Tony Simmons should be congratulated for getting the athletes out for a winning end to the season after two very difficult away trips to the far reaches of the South in round one at Chelmsford, followed by Southampton in round two. Pity the Scots of Victoria Park, for those two away days. Our points total this weekend almost doubled that accumulated in the first two meets. This is not a club problem but a National one as people juggle the demands of modern life. Some of these women have families to organise too. The savvy notice those good athletes who are not far away but do not have a club in these leagues and recruit accordingly, for example, the good young vaulter from Sheffield and Dearne. This is all legitimate.
Replacing a manager such as Eric Hughes is a tall order and somewhat akin to replacing Fergie (yes Eric was that good a manager) - it takes time. In any area of life it’s futile to expect any two people to be exactly the same. Tony needs support in any way that anyone can whilst he builds up his experience and his current pool of athletes. Athletes who have friends who could compete might suggest to Tony athletes who may fill gaps, especially on away days. Sometimes people just need encouraging with the belief they can compete at this level and follow good advice from coaches. This was a very good result to finish the season and could be built upon next year as it moves in the right direction. Tony has done a good job this year.
Two shining examples are our two International athletes who competed. Kirsty Law won the Discus propelling it ten metres further than her nearest rival and bettered her throw in the Diamond league and her Commonwealth games throw two years ago. She is herself a diamond, down to earth, competing for the second day running, having performed in the Northern league on Saturday. Jessica Taylor as a heptathlete is able to not just cope but bring valuable points in three events plus a relay. Her win in the Long jump would also have won the league above. Ably supporting her winning the B long jump and also doing the triple and 400 was Tyra Watson in her first year of working life in a demanding job.
Tyra started competing for Sale ten years ago as an u13 and what a reliable athlete she has been. Two other young ladies who doubled up were Megan Davies and Aimee Pratt in 800 and 1500, always difficult for young athletes, both still developing. Megan scooped maximum points as the B runner after both girls worked together. Flying to victory in the 100m were Lucy Evans who took the very competitive A race and Zavia Hill winning the B race. Lucy also took valuable points in the B race. Emma Finney and Luisa Candioli are relatively new to track and field having missed competing in YDL but improving all the time and will learn from their experiences and their quality coach. Luisa manged a p.b. and it looks like there's more to come. Katy Wellam yet again braved the barriers of the Steeplechase. Annie Williams took on the technically difficult Pole vault and triple jump. Rose Semenytsh almost grabbed the Javelin win and supported in the High Jump. Rachel Pugh threw the Hammer and the discus gaining valuable points. The willowy figure of J'Nae Ward looks more suited to the High Jump, her best event, but as a multi eventer the talented U20 athlete competed in the Shot, showing her versatility.
I'm sure Tony will notice some discrepancies in my observations as I don't know his team as well as he does but my attempt hopefully recognises the work the team has done whilst allowing him one less demand of another job on a busy weekend. This convincing win is a platform to build for next year. Well done Ladies. If you fancy having a go at writing reports then let Frank Cordingley know as the years fixtures are so diverse nobody goes to everything and often managers need leaving free to run the team. Frank is currently doing a sterling job of getting everything on the website. Most of us work full time; remember none of us is as good as all of us.
Posted 09/08/2016 08:18