Sunday 17th May saw the hosting of the 2nd Youth Development League match at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. Following a fantastic 3rd place at the first meeting last month the Junior Harriers had a tough target to beat. Although slightly down on numbers than in April the 12 athletes once again showed their versatility and scored some good points alongside their team mates from Blyth RC.
The team proved to be particularly strong in the throwing events on this very windy day. Ailsa BATLEY (U13) competing in her first javelin competition won convincingly. Ailsa set a new club record of 14.92m and earned herself a UK ranking currently placing her in third place within the North East of England. Harry BROWN and Ciara HEELEY both competed in the U15 discus, with Ciara winning the girls category with a personal best throw of 14.02m. Josh and Luke McMEEKING turned their skills to where their team needed them most and managed 2nd and 3rd places in their debut U15 Shot Put competition! Ollie TELFER and Max BREESE both were runners up in the U13 Shot and Javelin; Max’s 20.31m throw also earned him a UK ranking.
Owen WILCOX took second place in the U15 High jump with a personal best of 1.21m. Palesa THOMPSON managed a great jump of 1.30m to take second place and Clare ROBSON who competed alongside her managed 1.15m. In the Long Jump Ollie TELFER won with a good jump of 4.11m gaining another UK ranking, and in the U15 event Sophie ENSER also managed a personal best. The McMEEKING’s returned for a rematch in the Long jump this week with Luke this time taking the honours beating his brother Josh by 30cm!!
On the track Harry BROWN was our only 1500m runner recording a personal best of 5.33. In the 800m Owen WILLCOX and Ciara HEALY both ran well for the U15’s. Ollie TELFER and Max BREESE again continued their success in the 75m hurdles taking first and second place and Katie HILTON was third in the U15 girl’s race. The U15 girls represented us well in the sprints Clare, Palesa, Katie, Ciara and Sophie ran in the 100,200 and 300m as well as forming a relay team at the end of the day. The U13 boys also managed to form a 4x100m team to round off an excellent day.
Although the club fielded fewer athletes this month they competed well and achieved a good result, finally finishing in third place again but halving the gap on their nearest rivals North Shields Poly.