The traditional first day on Saturday 17th February, at the annual North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Indoor Championships, reserved for Field Eventers, and held at Gateshead College, produced no fewer than six individual medals for Morpeth Harriers, two of them Gold.
Gold Medals went to Under 17 athletes Andrew Knight and Ethan Stephenson.
In Knight’s case, he not only broke the Indoor Championship record with his best Putt of 15.33m in the Shot,
which incredibly bettered the old figures by a whole metre, it was also the youngster’s third longest distance ever.
Stephenson took his Gold Medal in the Triple Jump, producing a best performance of 12.24m,
bettering his old figure of 12.14m, that he achieved in last months Northern U17/U20 Championships in Sheffield.
He also won Silver in the Long Jump, producing a best of 5.68m.
Morpeth’s remaining three medals were all Silver, being produced by Craig Charlton,
Koffi Avornyo and Jacob Clayton.
Charlton produced an Indoor Best of 13.94m in the Senior Shot Putt,
finishing second to Thames Valley’s former Gateshead Harrier Craig Sturrock.
Avornyo cleared 1.50m, to claim his Silver in the Under 15 Boys High Jump,
and Clayton added to his clubs’ impressive medals tally in the Under 15 Boys Triple Jump,
producing a best of 10.07m.
Two more medals were won by Morpeth Harrier athletes on the second day of competition
on Sunday 18th February, which was for track eventers.
Amy Lott achieved two personal bests, which included a championship record
en-route to winning a superb Gold Medal in the Under 15 Girls 60m Hurdles.
She won her earlier run heat in 9.49s, however her superb run of 9.27s
gave her a well-deserved Gold Medal, plus achieving a championship record was indeed an icing on the cake.
Another Morpeth Harrier competing in the 60m Hurdles was Alice Geoghegan,
who went out in the same heat that Lott won in 9.49s, when finishing fourth in 10.79s.
Morpeth’s other medallist on the day was Harriet Priest, who won a Silver
in the Under 20 Women’s 60m in 10.89s, which equalled her personal best.
Ellie Longstaff narrowly just missed out on a medal in the final of the
Under 15 Girls 60m, when finishing fourth in 8.4s.
Longstaff had finished second in her heat in 8.51s and had won her Semi Final in 8.36s.
The latter had represented a new personal best performance.
Other Morpeth athletes competing in the Under 15 Girls 60m were Rosie Winter, who made it
through to the final, only to place sixth, posting a time of 8.5s, which was a marginal personal best.
Winter had earlier finished second in her heat, and third in her Semi Final, with similarly run times.
Alice Geoghegan, Amy Lott, and Mia Belton of Morpeth also competed in the 60m,
however all three failed to reach the final, after going out in the Semi’s.
Lott won her heat in 8.52s, however 8.55s in the Semi’s saw her eliminated.
Geoghegan finished fifth in her Semi with 8.75s, and Belton finished third in her Semi,
just behind Lott in 8.58s, which was a personal best performance.