Four young sprint talents from Morpeth Harriers were in action at the annual
Northumberland Minor Schools Indoor Athletics Championships,
held at Gateshead College on Wednesday 27th March 2019.
Hannah Lott (St Benet Biscop CA), and Kaitlyn Waddell (Dukes Secondary Campus)
both qualified for the Final of the Year 7 Girls 60m Hurdles,
by winning their respective heats in 10.8s and 10.5s.
In the later run Final, Lott won in an improved 10.3s, with Waddell a close second,
producing an identical time to that of her heat.
Waddell’s performance was a new lifetime personal best.
Both athletes also competed in the Year 7 Girls High Jump, where Waddell
placed second with her best clearance of 1.30m, and Lott finished fourth with 1.25m.
In both instances the athletes equalled their lifetime bests.
Lott and Waddell also competed in the 60m Sprint events, where Lott qualified for a B Final (8.98s),
and the latter finished second in her heat in 9.26s, subsequently missing out on a Final place.
Another Morpeth Harrier to make it to the B Final was
Freya Caygill (Chantry Middle School), who won her heat in 9.03s.
Caygill went on to win the B Final, with Lott placing second.
For Caygill it was indeed encouraging, as this was her very first Indoor experience,
and for Lott, her 8.98s was a new lifetime best.
The fourth Morpeth Harrier of the quartet was Year 7 Boy Sam Dent (Chantry Middle School),
who won his heat of the 60m Sprint in 8.74s, and in the later run final, Sam finished fifth in 9.1s.
Sam had much better fortune in the Long Jump, where he finished second with a best of 4.23m.
This was also Sam’s first experience of Indoor competition.