News - Track And Field
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Sale face an uphill battle to retain the British League title after finishing last in the opening fixture at Eton, but the commitment shown on this sweltering Saturday keeps it well within the realms of possibility.
The trip down south this early in the season thinned out the squad, but its early days and two key positives stand out.
Strong performances in the sprints saw Aaron Crowley claim second in the 100m ‘A’ & 200m ‘B’ races, whilst Jonah Efoloko, just 16, cruised to victory in his BAL debut with an impressive 10.69.
With high calibre athletes dropping out of other events, several Sale athletes showed their dedication by committing to a busy afternoon.
This list included Alex Wort (5 events), Callum Roughneen & Callum Browne (4), James Bailey & Aaron Crowley (3) and me, Alan White, Andrew Burgess & Jonah Efoloko (2).
Learn the lessons, take the positives and look forward. The next match is on home turf at SportCity, giving Sale a great chance to get the season moving and dominate the fixture. Clear those diaries.
Posted 10/05/2016 08:10
Sale Harriers had two athletes ALEX WORT & LISA JAMES, graduate with fantastic top podium positions in the tough, competitive British University Championships. Lisa retained her U23 triple jump BUCS title with a new PB of 12.83m. This keeps her on top of the UK rankings.
ALEX WORT won another medal to go with the indoor one he won during the winter. Alex won the bronze in the 110m hurdles final in a massive new P.B. of 14.59s. See the videos below. Said his father, “If you had offered him a university athletic career of 6 national finals in two disciplines (pole vault and hurdles, indoors and outdoors) and 2 national medals for his 3 years at Brunel University at the start of it all, he'd have taken it. That's what he has done. Bravo! We spent a pleasant couple of days down in Bedford watching what we assume will be our final British Universities Championships for awhile as Alexander graduates in July. It proved to be worthwhile."
Posted 05/05/2016 10:13
After a busy Saturday competing in the Youth Development League Sale Harriers entered a U13 s Girls Relay team in the M60 Track Relays event at Bury Athletic Club, competing against a number of local clubs in the Greater Manchester area. Sale competed in the 4 x 100m event.
The Girls team comprised of Jasmine Richardson, Dids Parish, Hermione Mason and Sofija Dragisic Wood.
In this competitive age group the girls qualified through the heats, and then had a few hours wait until the final later in the day. The rain stopped just as the girls lined up for the final and from the gun the girls led the race from start to finish, wining by at least 25metres. There were lots smiles and proud parents as the girls where awarded their 1st place medals.
A big thank you must go to the M60 Athletic network for putting on this event, also Bury AC for hosting the relays. Not forgetting all the Officials and volunteers that made this a successful day,
Lets hope this could become an annual event.
Posted 26/04/2016 16:58
Sale started their defence of their U13 & U15 Northern League title with a 50 point victory over Preston in their first match at Spinkhill, Sheffield. Our girl’s team were particularly impressive and under the team management of CARL WORTHINGTON, has remained unbeaten at Northern and National level since 2013. We hold the national record for the 4x300m relay and our team of TESS Mc HUGH, LIZZIE TWITE, JESS NELSON, and MIA LOWNDES won by five seconds whilst an equally awesome foursome of LAURELLE OBI, RUKA SHONIBARE, PRAISE OWOEYE and CHLOE NEWBIGGING won the sprint relay by fifteen metres. We again scored maximum points in the pole vault with LUCIE WOLFENDEN and SOPHIE ASHURST (the daughter of Sale Harrier Commonwealth PV Gold medallist, ANDY ASHURST), both vaulting PB’s to win their event.
Our middle distance runners were in fine form with LARA CRAWFORD, ALYSSA DAVY, TIA RAE BARTON and ALICE TONGE all winning their events. Northern champion DEVON WEYMONT was runner up in the long jump whilst ANNA KERSHAW won her hurdles event with a big PB. Cheshire multi event gold medallist LOIS Mc TIFFIN and silver medallists SCARLETT WHITTAKER each competed in three events, setting PB’s and scoring a shed load of points for the club. Our star performers in the U13 girls were RUBY BELL with a big PB in the 800m and RENE GOOSEN with PB’s in both sprints. It was very encouraging to see so many Primary age girls competing for the club and showing so much talent and maturity. Well done to ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS, JASMINE RICHARDSON, LIBBY HILL and ERIN DONNELLY. A special mention should go to MELISSA BOOTH who, unable to run at the moment through injury, learnt to throw the javelin and finished in the silver medal position and National Biathlon Champion OLIVIA HERRON who took time out from a swimming gala in Leeds to travel over to Sheffield and win her 800m event.
Our star in the boy’s event was LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI who scored a fine sprint double victory and teamed up with LEWIS HINDLE, SAM EBONINE and ODUOISE THEODORE to win the sprint relay by an incredible 25m. Further sprint success came when ALEX ARMSTRONG-BROWN, SAM HEYWORTH, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS and SAM WORTHINGTON teamed up to finish runners up in the 4 x 300m relay. BROGAN RUDMAN finished 2nd in the hurdles with a new PB whilst BROOK WYATT was runner up in the pole vault. Once more we gained maximum points in the high jump with SAM EBONINE and JED BAILEY whilst BEN KIRSH, SAM WADSWORTH and VEER BATRA scored well in the throws. SAM WORTHINGTON and ALEX ARMSTRONG-BROWN competed with great success in four events each and contributed a massive points total to the score. – truly men of Sheffield steel!!!! ALEX JAMES was our star in the U13 boys winning the 1500m in a new PB. The rest of the team showed great spirit and commitment to the club but as most are still at Primary school we can expect better performances as they gain experience.. Well done to KANE SAVILLE, RYAN NEWBIGGING, DAVID AITKEN, TOM BOYD, WILL PARKER, ARCHIE Mc CARRON and MACKENA BRADSHAW.
A special commendation must go to DAVE MARSH, the boy’s team manager, who had a particularly difficult job to turn out a good boy’s team. The girl’s have many more talented athletes and competition for team places is fierce. Those disappointed in not being selected should keep competing (in a ranger of events) in championships and open meetings. We must also send out a big thank you to the club officials – some of whom were parents, who were awarded the maximum 55 points for the club.
Posted 26/04/2016 16:40
On a cool grey showery spring day The Regional Championships for Disability Athletes took place at Sport City. Rarely do these athletes get mentioned and many members may not even know of their existence. Pray that you are not struck down like Sale Harrier Lee Whiteley (coach - Keith Hunter) who one minute was leading a normal life as a club athlete when his world was turned upside down by a sudden illness. His competitive streak led to him not giving in and he battled back to compete at the highest level, leading to a World Championship medal in 2013 in Lyon. He joins young Chloe Knight (coach - Keith Hunter) who has a World Indoor Bronze amongst other medals in T/F20. Robert Wilshire competed in the old YDL in Long Jump going almost unnoticed.
Coming back to today our young Sale Harrier Finlay Freeman (coaches - Hunter/Wilshire) collected two Championship medals at the Regional Championships, one for Sprints and one for Long Jump. May his determination and success in a Sale vest long continue.
Posted 25/04/2016 08:00
There were lots of Sale athletes on show for the first Outdoor track event of this year. A typical British spring day keeping everyone guessing with spells of pleasant sunshine breaking through but at times when the cloud cover prevailed there was still a bit of a chill in the air. None of this bothered the likes of Isabelle Burke who ran away with the 1200m Gold medal in 4.08 the second fastest time in the UK this year so far, with fellow Sale athlete Lizzie Hill taking bronze.
The fast improving Sam Heyworth raced well against Yorkshire champion Ethan Hussey and got a PB AND A SILVER only half a second adrift. The sprinters were not to be outdone with 14 PB s gained. A total of 9 athletes in middle distance events took PBs. Field events such as Javelin are on hold over the winter and the jumps are restricted to indoor events such as our open meets. 6 Javelin throwers, who may not yet be specialists, improved their PBs whilst 5 Shot Putters did likewise.
A further 8 athletes in Long jump improved too. Scarlett Whittaker was only 1cm off her High Jump PB. The youngest age group, under 11 athletes, appeared in 20 events and have not been included in the former totals. It’s a great way to start the year and testament to the very good work which is done at Crossford Bridge, Wythenshawe and Sport City. I noticed 8 Sale coaches there, but there could have been more. Let’s not forget the hours they spend helping athletes taking their first tentative steps in this sport.
Posted 07/04/2016 12:15
Posted 14/03/2016 16:16
Sportcity on Saturday saw the culmination of local Sportshall events with the NW championships which is an inter-country event featuring teams from Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Greater Manchester with a number of athletes gaining selection for Greater Manchester.
MEGAN GREENWAY, MELISSA BOOTH and SCARLETT WHITTAKER were part of the Greater Manchester team that won the U13 girl’s age-group and have now been selected to represent the NW of England at the national finals in Birmingham Congratulations to all three girls on their selection to compete on such a prestigious event
This has been a highly successful Sportshall season for Sale Harriers in both league and county championships which are a great credit to CHRISTINE TYRER and STEVE BOOTH who gave both coached and team managed the squads.
Posted 08/03/2016 09:02
Fechin Mc Cormick
There were highs and lows for the club’s thirteen athletes who competed in their pinnacle of the winter indoor season, the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.
The highs were certainly the club’s three medallists. Chris Baker, hot from his recent massive British record and club record high jump of 2.36m, was crowed British Champion. Sprinter Andy Robertson will be ecstatic with his 60m PB and silver medal. Hopefully, he’ll have caught the selector’s eye for the Rio Olympics. Andy Sutcliffe, the club’s pole-vault record holder and multi UK medallist, will also be very pleased to secure yet another silver medal.
Some of the disappointments were unfortunates JESS TAYLOR (DNS), DAVE PROCTOR (DNF), MATT CULLEN (NH), CALLUM ROUGHNEEN (DQ) and JACK ANDREW (DQ).
Posted 01/03/2016 08:54
Fechin Mc Cormick
Several club athletes, their coaches, families and back-up teams had every good reason to celebrate from their performances at the weekend’s important England Indoor Championships at Sheffield.
KEVIN METZGER won the U20 triple jump gold and England Champion and he did it in style with a PB that’s finally reached the magical 15.00m. Kevin now also holds the U20 indoor silver and outdoor gold medals and he’s also the EA U17 gold, and bronze outdoor medallist and U17 indoor silver medallist
JONA EFOLOKO became the U17 200m England champion and the U17 60m silver medallist. He’s already got an impressive set of EA medals. He’s the 2015 U17 60m Champion and 200m silver medallist and the 2014 U15 60m and 200m Champion
EMMANUEL ODUBANJO, another of coach KEITH HUNTER’s exciting athletes, won the U17 England triple jump title again with a PB of 14.52. He adds this to last year’s U17 outdoor bronze medal.
RORY KEEN won the U17 400m bronze medal with a 50.64 PB. Though a hurdles specialist with quite some success as a Gtr. Manchester County , Gtr. Manchester Schools and Northern success, this was only his 2nd straight 400m race, the first just a few weeks earlier when he won the Northern Athletics U17 silver medal.
Well done also to the following who produced tremendous PB’s, almost as good if not as good as medals: DANIEL AFOLATA (U17 60m in 7.05), LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI (60m in7.36), MIA LOWNDES (60m in 8.13), MEG Mc HUGH (U17 300m in 41.90) and AIMEE PRATT (800m in 2:18).
The Under 20 men’s triple jump saw Kevin Metzger extend his PB to 15.00 and move to the top of the rankings with his second round jump.
Posted 15/02/2016 20:00