Northern Athletics Indoor Championships

There was a healthy turnout and some excellent performances from Leeds athletes at the Northern Championships at Sheffield.

Under 15 Girls
Caoimhe Crampton was the sole club representative at this age group for both the girls and boys and was a little below her best in the 60 m hurdles but still managed to win a bronze medal finishing in 9.70s in what was a fast final and tough competition from the top two.
She followed this up with an excellent 7th place finish in the 60m sprint in 8.46s a season’s best, having qualified in second from her heat.
Caoimhe however saved her best until last taking a fine silver medal in the 200m in a new PB time of 27.18s, lowering her semi final victory time by a quarter of a second, and moving to 23rd on the all time club rankings.

U17 Women
Better representation in this age group with entry in 6 events but on this occasion no medals. Having said that a number of athletes are in their first year in this age group.

In the 60m sprint, Amena Abdelaziz finished 8th in her semi final in 8.55s having qualified in her heat with a new PB of 8.46s. Hannah Ukandu exited in her heat in 6th place in 8.72s within a whisker of her best time.

In the 60m Hurdles Melissa Fletcher, finished 6th in her semi final in 9.66s, just outside her 9.59s time in finishing 2nd in her heat, which shaved 1/100th of a second off her PB. In the same event Hannah Walker finished 3rd in her heat in 9.81s, lowering her best by a quarter of a second and moving to 11th on the all time list. Not far behind her time wise was Hannah Ukandu who finished 6th in her heat in 9.87s just outside her best time.

In the 800m Gemma Keir was the club’s only representative, finishing 5th in the final in just over 2m24s.Gemma also competed in the 300m and performed admirably in finishing 6th in her semi-final in 44.59s, just down on her 2nd place heat time of 44.42s, which was a personal best and entered her in 18th place in the club rankings. Accompanying Gemma, in the same event was Nicola Sawyer, who finished 6th in her heat in 47.81s but knocked nearly .6 of a second off her personal best in a fine run for her.

In the field the long jump provided the best representation, with 5 athletes slugging it out for the prize of top Leeds Athlete, with Hannah Ukandu taking that accolade with a fine 4th place jump of 4.98m, moving her to 32nd in the all time list. Hannah Walker finished 16th with 4.54m, Melissa Fletcher 19th with 4.42m, Amena Abdelaziz 22nd with 4.36m and Nicola Sawyer 23rd with 4.09m.

Hannah Walker completed her busy weekend competing in two further events, A 9th place finish in the shot with 7.97m, the first time she has competed at the event, was a fine effort followed by a new personal best in the high jump of 1.50m for 6th place moving her to 26th on the club all time rankings.

Under 17 men.

Where to start with the under 17 men, which has very strong representation this year.
Gold medals is probably as good as anywhere.

In the 60m sprint, Elliott Hurley was like greased lightning putting together a series of fine times to win the gold medal, moving seamlessley through winning the heats and semi-final, with his best time in the semi of 7.11s, moving him to number three ranking in the Power of 10 and just 4/100ths of a second off Tom Mosley’s club record.
In the same event he was ably supported by Matt Campleman who equalled his personal best of 7.45s in finishing 3rd in his heat before leaving the competition in 7th place in the semi final in 7.61s.
The event was completed by Jack Gape with 7.75s finishing 5th in his heat, Jacob Fincham-Dukes with 7.85s, finishing 6th in his heat and Andrew Russell with 8.18s finished 7th in his heat.

The 400m saw a second gold medal with Nick Petrou winning the event comfortably by some distance, justifying his favourite’s tag. Looking smooth throughout his heats and the final he came home in a fine 50.96s moving him to number 3 on the Power of 10 rankings.

The gold medals kept coming with James Finney getting in on the act in the high jump recording 1.85m a new personal best, moving him to 11th on the club all time list and to 4th equal on the Power of Ten.

Perhaps the event of the championships from a club perspective, the most exciting finish and the biggest surprise has to go to the long jump competition, where the event was won with the final jump of the final round by Jacob Fincham-Dukes with a massive leap of 6.72m, adding 63cm’s to his personal best, shooting up the all time club rankings to =7th place and moving to number 1 in the country on the fledgling Power of 10 rankings. It’s been quite a start from Jacob at the under 17 level and more of that later. That final leap displaced Elliott Hurley from the gold medal position to silver, who had himself smashed his personal best by 20cm’s, moving to 10th on the all time list and slotting into number 2 on the Power of 10.
The event also involved James Finney who finished in a fine 6th place with 6.05m just 1cm off his best.

There were further medals in this age group both won again by Jacob Fincham-Dukes . In the final event of the championships Jacob took a silver in the triple jump with a new personal best of 12.40m, in an event hampered by injuries. Tiredness and an hour and a half wait in call up due to the u20 women’s triple jump overrunning did not help.

Jacob also took a fine bronze medal in an extremely competitive 60m hurdles, lowering his personal best to 8.67s, in an event dominated by young age under 17s with all the medals going to last year’s under 15s.Matt Campleman¬† also performed extremely well finishing in 5th place in the final lowering his personal best to 8.75s and moving to 7th on the club rankings above Jacob Gardiner. In a strong event for the club, Jack Gape and Andrew Russell both finished 6th in their heats in 9.35 and 9.38 respectively moving to =13th and 15th on the club ranking, with Andrew recording a new best by over a quarter of a second.

Matt also performed well in the shot, adding 1/2 a metre to his previous best in 5th place with a putt of 11.43m, just shy of the club rankings list.

The final two events were the pole vault where Andrew Russell just missed out on a medal with a vault of 3.60m, a fine height at this stage of the season and in the 800m where injury prevented Luke Cooper from finishing.

Under 20 Women

Following on from her stellar performance at the previous weekend’s Combined Events Championship Katy Marchant returned to Sheffield and once gain excelled, taking a personal haul of two golds and a silver to end up as the most decorated Leeds athlete of the weekend.
Gold medals were won in the shot putt with a throw of 11.94m, her second best ever throw and in the high jump with 1.70m, not far off her 1.74m best. The silver medal was won in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.84s. Given her exertions the previous weekend, it was a great effort to maintain this standard of performance.

Under 20 Men

Connor Morley took Bronze in the high jump with a leap of 1.70m and followed this up with 10th place in the long jump with 5.37m. In the same event Sam Bentley finished 7th with 6.24m.
Both the Bentley brothers competed in the triple jump with Sam coming out on top finishing 6th with 13.81m, with Josh one place behind in 7th with a leap of 13.08m. Josh completed the u20 representation in the 60m sprint finishing 6th in his heat in 7.61s, a new personal best.

Senior Women

Jenny Lumley continued her fine and welcome return to form, retaining her high jump title with a jump of 1.70m, sharing the gold medal on this occasion. Jenny also threw 10.79m a seasons best for 5th in the shot putt and ran 9.65s for 5th place in her 60m hurdle heat.

Kadeena Cox repeated her outdoor silver medal at the Northern’s in the 200m finishing in 25.62s and also finished 5th in the triple jump with 10.80m in a new life time best, but not enough to move her further up the all time rankings reminaing in 9th place. Kadeena completed her weekend with 8th place in the 60m sprint final in 8.10s having qualified in 2nd from her heat in 7.92s, a smidgeon outside her personal best. In the same event Naana Adusei finished 6th in her heat in 8.26s.

Senior Men

Fifth was the order of the day for the men with Mark Gilmer finishing 5th in his 200m heat in 24.07s, the same heat place as James Paramore who clocked 26.10s. Mark also finished in 5th in the 400m in 54.56s with James finishing 5th in his 800m heat in 2.14.9s, a new personal best.