National Junior League Pennine Division – South Leeds 29th May 2011

17/06/2011 – Steve Linsell
Even though we had quite a few gaps, the junior team were still triumphant in the home fixture.
Elliot Hurley limited himself to the 100m and was beaten for the first time this season at the distance, placing 2nd with 11.4s in the A string.
Aqib Javed backed up well in the B race, winning in 11.6s and was only a little down on his best in the B 200m, finishing 3rd with 23.7s.
In the A race, Ricardo Brown, making his club debut, ran an excellent 22.9s, placing 2nd in the A race to Middlesbrough’s Ben Stephenson, who took the sprint double.
In the 400m, Ricardo was 2nd in the B string, running slightly faster with 55.9s than Rob Torch did in the A race (56.0 in 4th place).
Rob won the B 1500m in his first race at the distance this season with 4.26.9 and in the A race, Gordon Benson did enough to win, with a 4.18.0 clocking.
Gordon made it a double, taking the A 800m in 2.03.4 and Luke Cooper made it maximum points with a B string win in 2.12.6.In the 3000m, Daniel Harrison was 2nd in the A race with 12.07.0.
Mark Fuszard racked up plenty of points in the field, jumping an equal pb 1.75m in the high jump to win the A string, clearing 2.60m, enough to win the A pole vault, taking the A long jump, with a season’s best 5.93m, 3rd in the B discus with 25.52m and 3rd in the A javelin with 36.51m.Great effort Mark !!
Dylan Bradley partnered Mark in the high jump and won the B string with 1.75m, equalling his pb set the weekend before at York.
Bradley Robinson notched up two good wins in the B long and triple jumps, with 5.37m and 11.33m respectively.
In the A triple jump, Sam Bentley won with an excellent 13.52m, just shy of his performance at Cudworth.
Individual performance of the day has to go to Jake Armstrong in the discus, winning the A string with a huge 49.47m, adding over 2 metres to the U20 club record that his dad Paul had held since 1975.Jake is in his first season as an U20, so I’m sure there will be further increases to that distance in the future.Just for good measure, Jake also won the B string javelin with 35.31m.
Both relay teams took 2nd places, the 4x100m quartet of Bradley, Sam, Aqib & Elliot with 46.9s and the 4x400m team of Ricardo, Rob, Luke & Gordon with 3.45.7.

India Wilson was 6th in the 100m with 13.5s and in the B race, Melody Peterson ran a pb 13.9s in 5th place
Georgia Yearby ran a pb 26.3s finishing 3rd in the A 200m and Amena Abdelaziz was just outside her best in the B race with 30.0 in 6th.
In the field, Amena won the B javelin, not far off her best with a throw of 15.14m.
From 400m to 3000m we had just an A string competitor, but picked up good points.
Georgia was 2nd in the 400m with 60.8s, Chloe Harley 3rd in the 800m in 2.56.0, Ellie Dooley was 2nd in the 1500m (6.03.6) and won the 3000m in 13.11.1.
We had no 100m hurdlers or high jumpers, but filled all the other field events except the B pole vault, Anna Spence doing the bare minimum to finish equal first with a 1.70m clearance.
Katie Ward and Melody Peterson were a formidable partnership in the long & triple jump, Katie placing 2nd in the A long jump with 4.43m and Melody 2nd in the B with 4.05m.
When you can put out two decent triple jumpers, you’re always going to score well and we did, taking maximum points, Katie jumping a pb 9.55m and moving up to 14th on the U17 all time rankings list, Melody not far behind with 9.23m and 17th place on the list.
In the throws, Adanna Okeahialam won the A shot with 8.38m and A hammer with 43.18m.Alana Walker was a little down on her best in the B shot with 5.26m in 6th place and A discus with 15.73m again in 6th.
Stacey Evenden was 5th in the B discus with 13.63m and 2nd in both the hammer (29.49m) and A javelin, threatening 20m with a season’s best 19.57m.
We didn’t field a squad for the 4x400m relay, but in the 4x100m, Georgia, Melody, Katie & Amena ran 54.1s for 3rd place.

Final score – Leeds City 426 Spenborough 368 Middlesbrough 348 City of York 325 Trafford 318 Bolton 204