Under 17 Woman athlete Jessica Young-Rogers was certainly in sparkling outstanding form at the
third in the series of Gateshead Indoor Standards Meetings, held on Thursday 19th January 2017.
She was one of twelve of Morpeth Harriers burgeoning young talents in action on an excellent night for the club,
however Young-Rogers performances were above all, certainly eye catching to say the least.
In her first outing over 60m Hurdles, she was clearly a winner in her age group,
as she clocked an excellent 9.82s, which will see her figure just inside the top fifty UK wide,
so far, this year for the event, and amongst the top performers regionally.
She was however, even more outstanding in the flat 60m, clearly the fastest in her age group,
clocking a new best of 8.13s in the first round, and 8.14 in the second round,
which will see her ranked about 45th UK wide, and second regionally.
Another outstanding Morpeth performer over 60m Hurdles was Under 15 athlete Amy Lott,
who produced a new personal best of 10.18s in only her second outing since entering her new age group.
This performance will see her ranked 55th UK wide, and certainly in the top half dozen regionally.
Amy also competed in the flat 60m, producing a new personal best of 8.80s,
which saw her finish ninth in her age group.
Another outstanding young Morpeth performer was Ellie Longstaff,
who was first in the Under 13 Girls 60m, clocking a new personal best of 8.69s
Olivia Gent of Morpeth Harriers was seventh fastest in the Under 13 Girls 60m with 10.80s.
Competing for the first-time over 60m Indoors, Morpeth’s Rosie Winter
was seventh fastest Under 15 Girl, posting a time of 8.77s.
Another Morpeth Under 15 Girl in action in the 60m was Olivia Hawkes,
who was 14th fastest, posting a time of 8.95s.
Katie Hilton of Morpeth proved to be third to her club colleague Young-Rogers,
with her clocking of 8.61s in the first round of the Under 17 Women’s 60m,
however she came back in the later run second round,
which saw her clock a faster 8.59s for second fastest placing.
In the first round of the Under 20 Women’s 60m, Morpeth’s Naomi Arkle
proved to be second fastest in her age group, with a new personal best of 8.56s,
however she was fastest in the second round with her clocking of 8.59s.
Megan Winter, older sister of Rosie, was fourth fastest in the first round
of the Under 17 Women’s 60m with 8.73s.
Morpeth’s other track performer on the night was David Thomas, whose 7.96s was a new
personal best for 60m, which saw him finish seventh in the Under 20 Men’s section.
In addition to those competing on the track, the club had four in action in the Field Events.
They included three age group winners and a second.
David Thomas won the Under 20 Men’s Triple Jump, producing a best of 12.05m.
In the Under 20 Women’s Triple Jump, Naomi Arkle finished second with her best effort of 8.73m.
Kofi Avornyo and Ethan Stephenson were both respective winners of the Under 13
and Under 15 Boys High Jump competitions, with clearances of 1.30m and 1.65m,
which although were a little short of their best, still showed that they are
reasonably showing good form, and there are better things to come.