In their third round NEYDL Division 1 match, held at the Morpeth Athletics Track at KEVI School on Sunday 24th June 2018, hosts Morpeth Harriers Young Athlete squad, provisionally,
with results subject to further scrutiny, finished second to Harrogate,
who very much look like gaining their first Championship,
with one fixture remaining at Hexham in July.
The combined Morpeth Male and Female squads, under the Managership of Mark Brown and Dave Thomas respectively managed a total of 37 wins, which included sixteen A String and twenty B string,
plus one 4 x100m Relay victory.
That 4 x100m Relay win came from their Under 15 Girls, who also notched up a total of five A String
and five B String wins, as part of the clubs’ overall tally.
The Under 15 Girls and Boys were also the clubs’ biggest contributors,
managing a total of eleven A string wins and thirteen B string wins between them.
A very strong performer in the Under 15 Girls was Jessica Gardiner, who won both the Discus (28.26m) and Hammer (33.89m), the latter breaking her own league record, which she had set in the previous match at Whitley Bay in May.
Gardiner very nearly added a third A string win in the Shot Putt with her best of 8.60m.
In the Discus, Morpeth secured a double win, courtesy of Melody Brooks (16.99m)
Despite an earlier setback in the 75m Hurdles, which were won by club colleague Amy Lott (11.84s),
where she hit a Hurdle badly, which caused her to pull out midway down the finish straight,
Morpeth’s Alice Geoghegan bounced back in determined mode, to win the 300m in a time of 43.92s,
and Mia Belton confirmed an excellent Morpeth double victory in the B string, winning in 44.05s.
Morpeth secured another Morpeth Under 15 Girl double victory, in the 200m,
courtesy of debutant Amber Witt, who took the A string in 27.04s, and Rosie Winter winning the B string in 28.12s.
Witt also finished an excellent second in the A string 100m in 13.17s,
where Ellie Longstaff won the B string in 13.51s.
Another Morpeth Under 15 Girl B string winner was Abi Leiper (4.51m), who supported Abbie Ross’s second place in the Long Jump A string (4.62m), only losing out for victory by a mere 3cm.
The 4 x 100m victory in 52.03s, confirmed an all-round excellent performance from the Under 15 Girls.
On to the Under 15 Boys, whose fourteen wins, six A string and eight B strings,
proved to be the biggest contribution towards Morpeth’s successful day.
Ben Waterfield won the 800m A string in 2m07.95s, and Euan Duffin duly obliged
by securing an excellent B string victory in 2m14.35s.
Morpeth secured no less than four double victories in the Under 15 Boys Field Events.
Koffi Avornyo cleared 1.55m to win the High Jump, with newcomer Thomas Damaher
securing a B string win with 1.50m.
A formidable pairing were Danny Dowd and Oliver Geoghegan,
twin brother of Alice, who secured a double win for Morpeth in the Javelin.
Dowd won the A string with his on the day best of 35.42m, and Geoghegan easily secured the B string with 22.95m.
Newcomer Theo Brown won the Discus with 26.35m, and another newcomer Nat Arkle shared the spoils by winning the B string with an on the day best of 20.19m.
It was all very much part of an excellent day for Arkle, as he also obliged with two superb A string victories in the Hammer (24.69m), and Shot Putt (9.63m), although the latter was narrow, by a mere 3cm.
Supporting Arkle in the Shot Putt with a Morpeth B string victory was Oliver Geoghegan (6.45m),
his second B string win of the day.
Another Morpeth Under 15 Boy B string winner was Dylan Davies in the 1500m (4m49.57s),
supporting Dylan Gooding’s second in the A string with a time of 4m38.44s.
There were also Morpeth Under 15 Boy B string wins for Fergus Barclay in the 200m (26.47s),
and Charlie Lane in the 300m (41.55s).
Lane also finished fourth in a fiercely competitive 200m A race, posting a personal best of 26.08s, and Ben Waterfield very nearly landed a 300m double victory, when finishing second in the A race, posting a personal best time of 40.98s, just losing out by a mere fraction for a second win of the day.
Younger brother of Jessica Gardiner, Edward, alike to his sister, was a star in the Under 13 Field events, winning both the Javelin and Shot Putt A string competitions, producing best efforts respectively of 25.14m and 7.12m, both representing new personal best performances.
Newcomer Harry Brown won the B string Javelin with an excellent 22.73m,
adding an excellent double victory in support of Gardiner, and his club.
Supporting Gardiner in the Shot was Joe Dixon, who finished an excellent second in the B string with 5.51m.
Ryan Davies was Morpeth’s other Under 13 Boy A string winner, taking the 1500m in 5m03.32s,
a brand new personal best for the impressive youngster, and younger brother of Dylan.
Harry Brown added to his B string Javelin win, by winning the Under 13 Boys B string 100m in 13.88s,
backing up Owen Omoigue’s second in the A string with 13.85s.
Another B string win for Morpeth Under 13 Boys, came courtesy of
Joseph Hudspith in the 800m, a marginal new personal best.
Bertie Marr finished an excellent second in the A race in 2m34.18s.
An excellent effort by Morpeth’s Under 13 Boys 4 x 100m squad,
saw them finish second to Harrogate in 59.40s, losing out by nearly two seconds.
Morpeth had one A string win in the Under 17 Men’s events, courtesy of Tom Balsdon in the 1500m in 4m16.55s, which was very close to his personal best, and Andrew Hudspith certainly made his win even more effective, by taking the B race in 4m46.33s, which bettered his previous figures by around three seconds.
The clubs other B string victory came courtesy of Luke Haxell in the Discus (29.48m).
David Sanderson finished second in the A string with 31.71m.
The double victory by Morpeth’s Holly Peck and Lauren Cummings in the 1500m
was the best result for the club in the Under 17 Women’s events.
Peck won the A race in 5m02.33s, and Cummings took the B race in 5m36.54s.
Morpeth’s Under 13 Girls section, who are very much at the learning stage, had some good performances,
with one notable winner Hannah Lott, younger sister of Amy, who cleared 1.20m to win the B string High Jump,
to support Kaitlyn Waddell’s third in the A string with a similar clearance.
MATCH RESULT (Subject to further scrutiny)
1st Harrogate 857pts,
2nd Morpeth 700pts,
3rd New Marske 671pts,
4th Blaydon 629pts,
5th North Shields Poly 617.5pts,
6th Chester Le Street 189.5pts.