Sunday 2nd September 2018 sees the NEYDL Select Team in action in their
annual match against Yorkshire Select, at Middlesbrough Sports Village.
The event is now in its third year since its inception, and the regions team,
under the managership of Morpeth Coach Dave Thomas, has now been selected,
and it includes no fewer than twenty athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
who have all won automatic selection as of right, being ranked in the top three in their event,
over all three divisions, at the seasons end.
Three age groups, Under 13, Under 15, and Under 17 are represented in both genders,
and the only age group not served by a Morpeth athlete are the Under 13 Girls.
In the Under 13 Boys events, Bertie Marr and Ryan Davies are selected to run over 1500m,
and Harry Brown will compete in the Javelin.
The biggest representation from the club comes in the Under 15 Boys, where six are set to take part.
Two of those athletes take part on the track.
Euan Duffin lines up in the 1500m, and Ben Waterfield takes part in the 800m.
Waterfield will also compete in the High Jump.
Accompanying Waterfield in the High Jump will be club colleague Koffi Avornyo.
Danny Dowd, Theo Brown, and Nat Arkle compete respectively in the Javelin, Discus, and Hammer events.
Four athletes from Morpeth Harriers Under 17 squad are amongst those selected,
all of them competing in Field Events.
Ethan Stephenson competes in no less than three events, these being Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump.
Accompanying him in the Triple Jump will be club colleague Matthew Heslop.
Luke Haxell has been selected to compete in the Discus.
Finally, in the Under 17 Men’s events, and certainly one of his clubs’ top performers over the season,
Andrew Knight lines up in the Shot, Discus, and Hammer events, in what will probably be his swansong
as a Morpeth athlete, as he moves South with family, and next year will be competing for Southampton AC,
and County-wise, Hampshire.
On to Female events, where Morpeth have no less than seven athletes in the squad,
five coming from their very strong Under 15 Girls contingent.
75m Hurdles specialist Amy Lott heads the list and is accompanied by fellow sprint specialists Amber Witt (200m), plus Mia Belton and Alice Geoghegan, who both compete in the inaugural 300m event.
Jessica Gardiner competes in the Discus and Hammer events.
Last but certainly not least Lily Heaton and Holly Peck compete respectively
in the Under 17 Women’s 800m and 1500m events.
The North East have easily been victorious on the previous two occasions,
and Team Manager Thomas is very hopeful that his selected squad,
that most deservedly include several of his own charges, can pull off another success,
to round off what has been a relatively good season in terms of improved performance,
however he does continue to have reservations regarding the level of willing participants.