News - Track And Field
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Sale are the current Greater Manchester Sportshall champions in the U11 boys and girls age-groups. On Sunday at Sportcity, the club started the defence of their titles against opposition from twelve 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.
We were dominant in the shot with victories from SOPHIE TILLEY, HANNAH BLOOD, JENNA CARR and NATHAN BOOTH. The running events featured some fine sprinting from MELISSA BOOTH and ELLA WILSON whilst TOM BOYD, HOLLY HARRISON and ISABELLE BURKE were in excellent form in the longer distance events.
Other team members to perform with great credit to the club were JACK ALTOFT, MCKENNA BRADSHAW, HARRY EDMUNDSON, GRACE EDMUNDSON, ELEANOR BOYD, OLIVIA BUCHAN, CHARLOTTE BUCHAN, PRINCE AYENI, KACEE AYENI, SARA BAYAN, ELLIE COLQUHOUN-LYNN, TIGGY FALLON, IZZY LAMB, ELLIE HALL, MARIA GOLDERICK, ELLA MARSHALL, AMBER THOMS, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, SARA IACIO and L. SCOTT.
A special mention to NIAMH COYNE who fell in her race but got up; dusted herself down; caught the rest and scored valuable points for the club. The next round is at Sportcity on Sunday November 15th and we will need more boys to turn out and represent the club is we are to challenge for the overall league title which we lost by one point last year.
It’s worth reminding parents, coaches and photographers that the next club Harrier magazine, which will be out next March, will particularly feature ‘teams’ rather than individuals so please take ‘team’ photos if possible and send to email@example.com asap after the event. Thank you.
Posted 27/10/2015 12:18
On Saturday Sale Harriers U13 and U15 teams competed in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium against the best eight clubs from all over Great Britain in a bid to retain their National title. In a close contest, Edinburgh AC won with 608 points and Sale 3rd with 591 points. This was a great result from a team which showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach. We had no disqualifications; all athletes recorded valid performances and all six relay teams excelled, including three victories. (Perhaps relay coach CARL WORTHINGTON should coach Team GB’s relay teams!). The quality of our performance is indicated by the medal tally of 30 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze and that Sale athletes achieved 13 Grade 1 UK Athletics Performance Standards.
DANIEL AFOLOBI was our star in the U15 boys winning both sprints with Grade 1 performances and then teaming up with RHYS PARKER, DYLAN STARKIE and NAHOM SELEMON to win the sprint relay. Dylan and Nahom were also individual medallists, ARON TZEGAY ran a tremendous PB to win the 300m in a Grade 1 performance whilst SHANE CONNELL was runner up in high jump (Grade 1). Team Captain MICHAEL ODEJIMI had a good day with medal winning performances in the 200m and high jump,
In the U13 boys age-group, a special mention goes to SAM WORTHINGTON who competed in four events, recording three PB’s, 2 Grade 1 performances and winning the longs jump. Congratulations to SAM WADSWORTH and BEN KERSH who were both double medallists in the throws and hurdlers NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN and ZAK STILLER (bronze medal) who have shown tremendous improvement over the season. Our best event in this age-group was the 800m in which CHARLIE HOBSON and GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS finished in silver medal position. We wish Charlie well when, in two weeks time, he competes for GB and NI in the World Run/Swim Championships in Georgia.
Our strongest age-group was the U15 girls who won both relays and an amazing seven individual events. Our gold medallists were RUKA SHONIBARE (3 gold), team captain ELLIE JACKSON (2 gold and 2 Grade 1 performances), TESS Mc HUGH (2 gold and 1 Grade 1 performance), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2 gold), MATILDA WATERS (Gold and a Grade 1), VICTORIA BARLOW, DEVON WEYMONT, MIA LOWNDES, MIA GIBBONS, LIZZY TWITE and LAURELLE OBI who also won 2 silver medals in the sprints. Ellie and Mia Lowndes were also awarded silver medals whilst Devon won a bronze. Tess, Ellie and Mia Lowndes are also to be congratulated on being selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events Championships in two weeks time in Bedford.
ANNA KERSHAW was the star of the U13 girl’s team with 1 gold, 3 silvers and 2 Grade 1 performances. Anna teamed up with KATE BIRD, TYLER HILL and POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON to finish runners-up in the relay. RUBY BELL had a great run to win her 1200m race by six seconds whilst PENNY TOWNSEND ran a PB to finish 2nd in the 800m and just missed out on a medal in the long jump. Congratulations to our other medallists in this age-group: - ALICE DALE (Gold and Bronze), AYLA HEWITT (Gold), JESS SPILSBURY (Silver), TYLER HILL (Bronze), KATE BIRD (Bronze) and SCARLETT WHITTAKER (Bronze).
Sale’s success in bringing these teams to this National Championship involves much commitment and hard work from coaches, parents, officials and especially the team managers. The club thanks all of them and especially the team managers DAVID MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON who have to work behind the scene throughout the summer in ensuring the best possible teams turn out for every match. In Olympic year (2016), the club’s aim must now be to regain the National title and win its 9th Northern title in 10 years.
Posted 07/09/2015 09:19
Sale Athletics Academy ran from 25th - 28th August at Sport City Regional Arena. Aimed at 10-14 year olds who wanted to improve their knowledge of the sport and gain information from experienced coaches and experts in the field.
This was exceptional value for money course at £1.40 per day. 18 athletes, mostly Sale Harriers, have been attended on Wednesday, former National Hurdles coach Peter Warden held a Hurdles clinic, whih was excellent, and a fantastic opportunity for our developing athletes to gain knowledge from such an experienced coach. His manner with the athletes was as good as his technical knowledge. More importantly one of our developing coaches, David Lowes, got a wealth of information by standing alongside him. This allows David to improve himself and pass on what he has learned within the club over the next year. We should praise all our coaches who constantly try to better their knowledge in order to improve our athletes. They are very valuable to the club.
Posted 28/08/2015 14:25
Congratulations and a big thank you to the 6 heroic girls that represented the club in this crucial fixture at Doncaster that was to decide the fate of Sale Harriers in the Premier Division. They are Rebekah Wilson, Olivia Callaghan, Alyssia Carr, Tyra Watson, Emma Lowe, and Jennifer Simmonds all of whom notched up several victories, but covering 19 events this was a most disappointing turnout.
Rebekah’s 100/200m double, Jennifer and Tyra supreme in the 400m Hurdles, Alyssia and Tyra being dominant in the horizontal jumps, 16 year old Emma taking on all the Senior throwers, Rebekah throwing the javelin and Olivia forcing herself around the1500m, demonstrated to all that team spirit was prevalent amongst these six. To cap it all, four of them flowed majestically to a 4 x100m victory.
In a fixture that the club had to win to retain Div 1 status in the Northern league, a magnificent male turnout dominated the men’s events. Led by Daniel Heald, it could not offset the unfortunate deficit of female contribution.
Why is this? Why for the first time in my memory is it that the Northern League team have been relegated from Div 1?
I give three reasons: -
A big thank you to Mike Delaney, the men’s team manager, for a very good season, and Brian Spriggs for leading a team of dedicated officials.
A meeting open to all, is being held at Sportcity on Weds Sept 23rd at 6pm. Please call John Smith, the club’s coach co-ordinator on 0756770484 to express your interest to overcome this situation.
Posted 27/08/2015 08:33
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2015
10am – 2pm
The clinic will be delivered by Peter Warden who has been the National Coach for the North of England specializing in hurdles
All athletes and coaches are welcome, just turn up on the day.
Cost £1.20 for Manchester residents
Cost £1.40 for non man residents
Posted 19/08/2015 08:31
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had approximately ten athletes compete in this important summer track and field pinnacle held at Middlesbrough, and seven of them, with their coaches, parents and families will be delighted with their Northern medals, PB performances or both.
DEVON WEYMONT won long jump gold and ALEXA Mc TIFFIN won U17 800m gold, both with PB’s and MATILDA WATERS won the U15 pole vault with a CBP and JAIMAL BROWN won the U17 javelin gold medal.
This is a tremendous achievement for all these four girls. Devon’s tremendous talent is reflected in the fact that, though she’s Manchester High School’s long-jump record holder, because she wasn’t selected for the final YDL match at Bebington, took up the high jump with coach Jess Taylor and after just a few sessions is now the club’s 2nd best high jumper with 1.48m. This lifetime best jump sends her to number one in the North West and 8th overall in the UK on the Power of 10
Alexa’s progress this summer has been hampered by injury but she’s has fought back, thankful to her coach Paul’s Roden’s patience, and now she a proud Northern Champion with a lifetime best performance.
Matilda has had a great year of medal winning. She’s the Gtr. Manchester Schools pole vault champion, the Cheshire & Gtr. Manchester County Champion, the English School’s bronze medallist and the England U15 silver medallist. Finally, Jaimal! This is probably her finest accolade, apart from being the three times Gtr Manchester School’s champion. Well done to all of them
SAM WORTHINGTON won the U13 long jump silver medal with a PB and the U13 200m bronze medal also with a PB – a great weekend’s work. Sam’s contribution this summer to the success of the YDL (Lower) team has been superb. The team became Northern YDL champions and are on their way to Birmingham in September to hopefully retain their National title.
Besides Matilda Waters, it’s been a successful weekend for Matt Cullen’s pole vaulting stable with ANNIE WILLIAMS also winning the U17 pole vault bronze medal and her training partner VICTORIA BARLOW won the U15 bronze medals.
MICHAEL ODEJIMI and LOIS MC TIFFIN, who currently holds four Cheshire titles and is the club's top high jumper with 1.5m, will be consoled in just missing out on U15 high jump medals by producing fantastic PB’s . Lois also did a 200m PB in the heats. Well done also to U13 LEWIS HINDLE who also produced a 200m PB in his heats.
Posted 19/08/2015 08:12
The club’s senior men went into Match 4 of their British Premier League with an outside chance of retaining their league title, something that the club had never managed in the history of the club.
They would have needed to have won the match or, at the very least beaten Birchfield, Shaftesbury and Sheffield in that order, but, in the end, it wasn't to be and at the end of a long season, we finished 6th on the day and 4th overall.
It is often said that clubs that compete in the European Cup suffer domestically and there may be some truth to that, but we still had an excellent season that featured genuine team spirit, commitment and some excellence on the way.
On the day, everyone showed some real commitment, whether it was Jonathan Ferryman, who answered the triple jump call with less than 24 hours' notice, or Matt Sumner, who recorded his second best 400mH time ever on his 5th appearance for the team in 2015.
We saw top 3 finishes from Matt, Dwayne Cowan (400m - 46.25 pb), Dave Proctor (1500m), Chris Baker (HJ), Matt Hunt (javelin) and Rimas Martisauskas, our sole A winner in the shot.
There were also B podium spots for Old Man John Nicholls (shot), Jack Andrew (PV), Aaron Crowley (200m), Debo Ademuyewo (400m) and Alex Wort (110mH).
As ever, everyone contributed, so thanks too, to Chris Wakeford, Alan "PB" White, Umar Hameed, James "PB" Wignall, James "DNF" Bailey, Gabriel Odujobi, David "PB" Rich, Matt Bond, Gavin Hill, Liam Grey- Thompson, Alex Smith, Andy Burgess, Jordan Charters, Andy Sutcliffe, Ricardo Twumasi, who all gave their all in what was a very high quality meeting that saw a number of athletes heading to Beijing in attendance,
Thanks again to John Smith, Roy Swinbank, Peter Roughneen for their support and thanks to everyone who's turned out in green, red and white this year or coached the athletes who've represented the team. Full results at www.bal.org.uk.
Posted 16/08/2015 19:06
Result 7th place. Relegated to Division 2.
The prospect of relegation had been with us since our poor showing at Bristol in Match 2, when we were unable to field a full team for the final crucial match at Wigan on August 9th, and finished in 7th place. For our final match at Wigan, it was obvious that we could not allow the same situation to happen again. After all, the match was virtually a home tie, and we are Sale Harriers after all, one of the biggest and best clubs in the UK. Surely teams like Bristol, and Cardiff, would struggle just as we had in Match 2, with the overnight stay, distance travelled, and of course, availability of athletes with summer holiday commitments. One week before the match it would be no exaggeration to say that the Sale team was looking pretty awesome with strong athletes in most events, and all events covered.
This was the point at which things started to go wrong, because during that week, and in particular within 48 hrs of the match, no fewer than 40% of the selected athletes withdrew from the team. Of course, genuine injuries and illnesses are unavoidable, and no blame can be attached to the athlete. Neither can late selection for international competition which the club will always support. However, all the other teams, including Southampton (who finished in a distant last place) had more athletes than us, and in particular, Bristol and Cardiff (2 teams that in theory we could have expected to finish ahead of). Both these teams were able to select athletes in all events where we had 8 gaps. They subsequently managed to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, thereby ensuring their survival in Division 1.
Those Sale athletes that were competing, did their utmost, and can be proud of their achievements. 8 events were won with a further 6 gaining 2nd or 3rd placings. Special mention goes to Jess Taylor, our Commonwealth Games medallist heptathlete. Jess had competed and won in Spain the previous week but unexpected family illness had caused great stress and worry. She could have been forgiven for pulling out of the team. Instead, Jess showed her class by winning 100mh, Long Jump, and 2nd place High Jump, not forgetting helping 2 winning relay teams.
Talented young multi eventer, J’nae Ward, also proved her worth by winning 100mh, 2nd place High Jump, and valuable points in Shot. Our sprinters were very impressive. Lucy Evans with a 1st and 2nd place in 200m and 100m, Becky Wilson won her 100m. Kirsten McAslan, ahead of her trip to Beijing as part of the British relay squad, made an excellent contribution to 200m, and all 3 helped win the relays. Kirsten even threw a javelin for the first time. Jennifer Simmons carried the flag for Sale in 400m and 400mh, and still found some energy to help us win 4 x 400m relay.
Chloe Doggett answered an SOS for a pole vaulter, having competed the previous day, and together with Ebbie Danson-Chappell made valuable contributions. Katherine Barker, despite little training, made herself available for 1500m, whilst Luisa Candioli, once again found herself with 1500m and 3000m, with just an hour recovery in between. Kathy Wellam also showed her continuing value to the team with a sterling effort in the 2000m s/c. Abi Irozuru was a class act winning her Long Jump, and Rosie Semenytsh , as usual, was superb in Javelin and managed to support the team in both discus and hammer. Special mention also to Jasmine Burke, hammer and discus, for giving up her weekend to help Sale on both days, and to Abi Fitzpatrick who helped the relay team, in spite of a health problem.
Thanks to Dave Greenwood for the excellent pictures. See more at http://www.darkstarphotos.com/ukwal-at-wigan
Posted 16/08/2015 16:37
PETER SHAW/DAVE MARSH/CARLWORTHINGTON
On September 6th reigning National Champions Sale Harriers will compete in Birmingham against the best U13 and U15 teams from all over Great Britain in a bid to retain their National title. Over 200 clubs took part in the regional rounds and now just the top eight will contest the final. Sale, as Northern champions – a title they’ve won eight times in the last nine years, will represent the North of England and are the only team to have made the final every year since the league started in 2004. Although we’ve won all the Northern league matches by comfortable margins, the actual standard within each event has been very high with our athletes competing against many County champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. This fierce competition has resulted in a host of PB’s, the highlight being Shane Connell recording a UK joint No.1 in the high jump and the girl’s U15 team breaking the league record for the 4 x 300m relay. Competing against the Scottish and Welsh Champions will give many of our young athletes a first taste of international competition and will be a great experience for them.
Competing at this level requires a cool head and as judging will be meticulous, care must be taken if we are to avoid disqualification and maximize points. From observation of previous finals we’ve identified a number of potential pitfalls:-
If athletes are unsure of any of the above points, they need to discuss them with their coaches or team managers well before the event. Sale Harriers can retain its National title if all athletes keep a cool head and adopt a discipline and professional approach.
Posted 03/08/2015 16:20
Sale Harriers U13 & U15 boys and girls are the 2015 Northern Champions of the Young Athletes Premier League. The final match victory at Bebington (Wirral) ensured they retained their Northern title – their 8th in nine years and was their 48th match win out of 54 matches since the league began in 2004.
Our U15 girl sprinters, hurdlers and long-jumpers were amazing winning all ten individual events and both relays. Congratulations to ELLIE JACKSON (3 wins), LAURELLE OBI (3 wins), TESS MC HUGH (3 wins), MIA LOWNDES (2 wins), LIZZIE TWITE (2 wins), RUKA SHONIBARE (2 wins), TIA BLISSETT, MIA GIBBONS and CHARLOTTE MAIRS. Ellie, Tess and Mia Lowndes are also to be congratulated on being selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events Championships. Multi-eventers are a crucial part of our team as was also demonstrated in the throws with LOIS MC TIFFIN and HANNAH BLOOD scoring well including individual victories. LUCIE WOLFENDEN made an excellent debut to finish 2nd in the pole-vault.
The multi-event theme continued in the U13 girls with PENNY TOWNSEND, winner of four county titles, ( including multi-event) winning the 800m and along with JESS SPILSBURY, LARA CRAWFORD, RUBY BELL and MAISIE WISEMAN dominating the middle-distance events. The sprint relay team of TYLER HILL, ANNA KERSHAW, AYLA HEWITT, and KATE BIRD won by a convincing margin and all the girls scored well in the individual events including two PB’s for Ayla. Others who ran PB’s were ALICE DALE (hurdles) and MAISIE WISEMAN (800m).
The U15 boys were dominant in the sprints and hurdles with individual victories from DANIEL AFOLABI, RHYS PARKER, DYLAN STARKIE, NAHOM SELEMON and DANIELO JARBATH. Danielo then teamed up with ARON TZEGAY, DAPO OLAREWAJU and MICHAEL ODEJIM for a convincing three second victory in the 4 x 300m relay. The most impressive performance of the day was from SHANE CONNELL who jumped a massive PB of 1.84m to win the high jump and to go joint top of the national rankings whilst MICHAEL ODEJIMI jumped 1.75m to win the B event. For the first time this year, we had boys competing in the pole-vault. Well done to SYZMON PLUDOWSKI and ARON TZEGAY (Fill The Gaps – Win The Match !!!).
SAM WORTHINGTON was our star athlete in the U13 boys winning both sprints plus a third place in the long jump and teaming up with NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN, CHARLIE WATSON, and RORY KINRADE to win the sprint relay. BEN KERSH made a great debut for the club with wins in the javelin and 100m plus 3rd place in the shot.
Sale was again dominant in the middle distance races with two victories, three second places and a number of PB’s. Well done to CHARLIE HOBSON, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS, JOEL STRINGER, ZENON CAINE and JOHN LEWIS. CHARLIE WATSON (200m) and ZAK STILLER (hurdles) both recorded wins with PB performances whilst SAM WADSWORTH and FINLAY MURPHY were runners up in throwing events.
This year over 200 clubs competed in the YDL and now the top eight will go through to contest the National Final in Birmingham in September. Sale are the only club to have made it to the final every year since the league began in 2004 and as both northern champions and reigning National Champions will face stiff competition from the best teams from all over Great Britain in our bid to retain our National title. Representing the North against the Scottish and Welsh champions will give many of our U13 and U15 athletes their first taste of international competition and I feel sure that Northern pride and the confidence of being reigning national champions will ensure they give a good account of themselves.
This journey to becoming Northern Champions would have been impossible without the background work of the team managers so, once again, primary thanks must go to CARL WORTHINGTON and DAVE MARSH for all their work over the weeks and months of this four match competition. Thanks too to parents for their support and to the field officials who’ve helped win matches by their participation. Thanks also the ERNIE GREENWOOD for his photographs. These can be viewed and bought from his website at www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 21/07/2015 10:59