Northumberland proved to be the strongest force in the annual
Northern Inter Counties Schools Track and Field Championships,
held at Middlesbrough Athletics Village on Saturday 18th June 2016.
They won by a total margin of 76 points over Durham,
with Cumbria finishing third ahead of event hosts Cleveland.
Amongst the Northumberland successes were several athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
some of whom will be awaiting calls indicating that they will be appearing at the
forthcoming English Schools Track and Field Championships,
scheduled to be held at Gateshead Stadium in July.
One of those will be Andrew Knight, who won the Junior Boys Shot Putt with a best effort of 13.50m.
In the Intermediate Boys events Morpeth provided four winners, two on the track and two on the field.
Kieran Hedley won the 800m in 2m00.9s, and Taylor Glover won the 3000m in 9m18.8s,
which was a new personal best
On the Field, Ruaridh Lang won the Discus with a personal best 44.56m,
and David Thomas won the Triple Jump with a best of 12.46m.
Lang and Thomas also gained further podium places in the Shot Putt and Long Jump respectively,
with bests of 12.51m and 6.05m, which gave them Bronze and Silver medals.
Ruaridh’s Shot Putt was a new personal best, as was David’s.
In the Senior Boys 1500m Morpeth’s Adam Gibbs took the Silver medal in 4m13.6s,
and in the 800m, club colleague James Young took Bronze in 2m07.3s.
Two medals were secured by Morpeth Harriers athletes in the Junior Girls events.
Lottie Hume, who has progressed rapidly this year under the direction of coach Dave Thomas,
produced an excellent winning throw of 26.27m, a brand new personal best,
to win by a three metre margin in the Discus.
Ellie Coxon finished third in the 800m in 2m29.3s,
which was two seconds adrift of her lifetime personal best.
No fewer than nine Championship podium places were achieved by
Morpeth Harrier athletes in the Intermediate Girls events.
Jessica Young-Rogers was a real star in this age group, winning the 200m in 26.5s,
and finishing a good second in the 100m, only losing out in the judges room
after producing the same time of 12.9s as the event winner.
Harriet Priest finished second in the 300m Hurdles in 48.2s,
and Hannah Brown finished third in the 80m Hurdles in 13.2s.
The Intermediate Discus saw Morpeth athletes Charlotte Pickering-Pruvot
and Bobbie Griffiths finish second and third respectively with best throws of 27.29m and 25.57m.
Griffiths also finished second in her more favoured event the Javelin, where she threw a best of 31.46m.
There was also a second podium place for Pickering-Pruvot,
who was runner up in the Shot Putt, with her best effort of 11.47m.
Ellie Burt produced new figures of 23.16m, when finishing second in the Hammer.
Morpeth Harriers had two athletes in action in the Senior Girls events.
Abby Sheldon won the 800m in 2m37.1s, and Lily Hood finished second
in the 200m in 28.7s, and third in the 100m in 13.8s.