The annual Northern Schools Inter Counties Track and Field Championships,
held at Wentworth Stadium, Hexham on Saturday 17th June 2017,
saw athletes competing in possibly what were the hottest conditions of the summer so far.
This was the very final stepping stone for aspiring talents, hoping to make the team buses
for Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, and Northumberland at the forthcoming
English Schools Championships, scheduled to be held in Birmingham on Friday 7th, and Saturday 8th July.
Amongst the Northumberland contingency were several athletes from Morpeth Harriers,
who were also event winners, and a few personal best performances that were achieved,
which were small, mainly due to the prevailing testing dry and relatively humid conditions.
One of the top club performers on the day was Matthew Waterfield,
who won the Intermediate Boys 400m for Northumberland,
posting a new personal best time of 50.10s.
Another top performer was Rhiannon Hedley, who running as a Guest in the Junior Girls 800m,
posted the third fastest overall time of 2m22.44s, which was a new personal best.
Apart from Waterfield, Morpeth Harriers & AC athletes managed another seven on the day victories,
one more coming from the track, with six coming from the field.
North Eastern Under 17 Men’s 3000m Champion Rory Leonard was the other track winner,
taking the Intermediate Boy’s tile over the same distance, posting a time of 9m07.04s.
In the Intermediate Girls Javelin, Bobbie Griffiths yet again improved on her lifetime best,
when she threw an excellent 43.62m for victory.
Griffiths also finished third in the Hammer, throwing an on the day best of 34.25m.
Other Morpeth throwers in superb winning form were Intermediate Boys Ruaridh Lang and Andrew Knight,
who both took respective victories in the Discus and Shot Putt events,
with efforts of 48.21m and 14.43m, the former representing a new personal best.
Morpeth’s Charlotte Pickering-Pruvot, finished second in both the Intermediate Girls Discus,
and Shot Putt events, with efforts of 29.96m and 11.24m, the latter representing
a new personal best for the weight used.
Another Morpeth Discus winner, came in the Junior Girls,
where Jessica Gardner hurled a best of 26.17m,
which bettered her previous performance by slightly over six metres.
Ethan Stephenson was a Morpeth double winner in the Junior Boys Triple Jump and High Jump events.
In the former, he produced a best of 11.95m, which was his very first attempt at the event,
in the latter he cleared 1.74m, which was a marginal personal best performance.
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in the Junior Boys Triple Jump was Matthew Heslop,
who finished second with a best of 11.40m, again being a first timer in the event.
In the Senior Boys 1500m, a jaded Kieran Hedley finished second in 4m25.14s,
and in the Intermediate Boys event over the distance, Morpeth club colleagues
Taylor Glover and Joe Ramshaw finished second and third respectively in 4m06.80s and 4m11.04s.
Holly Peck finished third in the Junior Girls 1500m, posting a finishing time of 4m53.01s.
Finishing the Morpeth performances, Junior Girl Amy Lott finished second in the 75m Hurdles,
posting a time of 12.23s, which was a new personal best.
A few days after this event, Northumberland Schools eventually announced the twenty-six athletes that have been selected for their squad which will travel to Birmingham for the English Schools Championships,
although they have stated that some athletes may be selected as non-travelling reserves,
however should they be selected to travel, they will be duly informed.
Ten athletes from Morpeth Harriers are amongst the selections, they are as follows:
Taylor Glover, Andrew Knight, Ruaridh Lang, Rory Leonard, and Matthew Waterfield.
Scott Beattie, and Kieran Hedley.
Bobbie Griffiths, and Jessica Young-Rogers.