Twenty one Junior athletes from Morpeth Harriers were chosen to represent the
North East Youth Development League in an inter-area match
against their Yorkshire counterparts at Middlesbrough, and their combined contributions
were instrumental in helping the North East win
a resounding victory on Sunday 3rd September 2017.
Among many stand-out performances was that of Morpeth’s throws specialist Bobbie Griffiths,
who capped another fine Summer by placing first in three separate disciplines,
with 27.42 metres in the Under 17 discus, 38.50m in the hammer
and 40.82m in the javelin. Jess Gardiner threw 22.36m to finish 2nd in the U15 girls discus.
Bobbie’s efforts in the throws were matched by her male counterparts Andrew Knight and Ruaridh Lang.
Lang won the U17 discus with a best of 48.25m and placed third in the shot putt with 11.40m.
His colleague Andrew Knight won both this event, with a distance of 15.71m,
and also the hammer with a best of 35.16m. He then contributed to the discus, finishing 5th with 30.83m.
Morpeth’s Koffi Avornyo cleared 1 metre 48 to win the U13 High Jump,
while in the U15 boys Ethan Stephenson jumped 1 m 70
but also recorded 5m 82 in the Long Jump when finishing 2nd.
Grifiths’ success in three field events was matched on the track by that of
Under 17 sprinter, hurdler and long jumper Jessica Young-Rogers.
Jess comfortably won both the 80metre hurdles in 13 minutes 73 seconds
and the 100m in 12m 74s, and managed to find time also to record
a long jump of 4m 71cms for a 2nd place finish.
Other stand-out performances in the hurdles and sprints came from
Josh Hickson, 1st in the U13 race in 13m 73s and Amy Lott, 2nd in the U15 girls in 11m 88s.
Alice Geoghegan was 5th in the U13 in 12m 80s. Ellie Longstaff was 2nd in the U13 girls 150 metres in 19m 70s but won the 75 metres in 9m 99s. Matthew Heslop was 6th in the U15 300m in 41m 81s.
Finally, there were of course some super performances over longer distances on the track from Morpeth athletes. Rory Leonard and Taylor Glover went head to head in the U17 1500m,
finishing in 1st and 2nd place respectively, with times of 4m 6.61s and 4m 7.54s.
Holly Peck was 3rd in the corresponding U15 event with a time of 4m 58.55s.
A busy Joe Ramshaw was 2nd in both the U17 400m (54m 21s) and the 800m (2m 10.65s),
despite only having twenty minutes to recover between the two events.
Ella Duffield came home 3rd in the U17 in 2m 30.17s.
Lily Heaton was 5th in the U15 (2m 41.89s)
and Mia Belton 6th in the U13 (2m 42.40s).
Report by Peter Scaife