Stockport jumpers lead the way at Northern U15/13 Indoors

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Stockport Harriers’ jumpers again led the way at the weekend's North of England Under 15 and Under 13 Championships with Long Jump Gold and High Jump Silver at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport arena.

Emily Jarad (Joe Frost) earned her first major medal with a personal best performance of 5.17m to take the Gold in an incredibly strong Under 15 Girls Long Jump event made up of over fifty Athletes including nine of the top ten jumpers in the UK this year. Bethan Murray (Joe Frost) finished eighth with a personal best of 4.86m in her first major Long Jump contest while Katie Waterworth (Joe Frost) was ninth with a best jump of 4.84m and Catherine Giller (Mike Frost) was tenth with a massive personal best of 4.83m. Stockport now has five Athletes in the UK Top ten in this event, underlining the Club's credentials as a centre of excellence in the Jumps. In the same event Megan Lasseter (Mike Frost) jumped 4.32m for 24th, Alice Giller (Mike Frost) jumped 4.25m for 28th, Kim Pinkowski (Joe Frost) produced a personal best of 4.14m for 32nd, Anna Mounteney (Mike Frost/Cliff Oldham) leapt 3.96m for 41st and Megan King (Joe Frost) was 43rd with 3.79m.

Cameron Stewart (Mike Frost), who attends Poynton High School along with Emily, produced a best height of 1.65m for a well deserved silver medal in a very close Under 15 Boys High Jump that saw three Athletes finish on 1.65 and the minor medals decided on count back.

On top of leaping into the UK Top ten with her Long Jump personal best, Bethan Murray produced a fine series of runs to win her 200m heat in impressive fashion before running a personal best 27.05 to take first place in the semi-final and ultimately finish fourth in the final. Katie Waterworth ran lifetime bests in the heats of both sprints to qualify for the semis in both with 27.43 in the 200m and 8.40 in the 60m.

In the U15 Girls 60m Megan Lasseter ran a seasons best of 9.00, as did Anna Mounteney with 9.15 in her heat and again in the 200m with 29.98 seconds. Emily Jarad followed her Gold medal with 8.87 for fifth and Sarah Cornelly (Mike Frost) ran a big personal best of 9.71 for eighth in the same heat. Kim Pinkowski was close to her personal best with 8.77 for fifth in her heat and Catherine Giller ran 8.73 for sixth.

Natasha Harrison (Pete Torrance) produced a strong run to qualify for the U15 Girls 800m final, winning her heat in 2:25.94 before finishing fifth in the final behind UK record holder Tilly Simpson. Sophia Thornhill (Mike Frost) took six seconds from her Long standing personal best, running 2:49.24 for fifth in the heats.

Stockport's Girls were again strong in the hurdles with Catherine Giller and Holly Benson (Mike Frost) both running lifetime best times of 10.10 to qualify for the semi finals where they were joined by Alice Giller who qualified with 10.75 seconds. Megan Lasseter ran 11.35 for sixth in her heat. In the shot, Megan King threw 7.89 for 18th, Holly Benson 7.35m for 23rd and Alice Giller 6.88m for 24th.

Cameron Stewart ran 10.19 in the heats of the Under 15s 60m Hurdles to follow on from his high jump silver medal while Matthew Ainley (Mike Frost) ran a seasons best of 9.00 in the Under 15 Boys 60m and produced a big personal best in the 200m heats with 29.75 seconds. 4.27m was good enough for 15th place for Matthew In the Long Jump to complete a busy day.

In the Under 13 Girls, Evie Wild (Andrew Owen) ran a seasons best of 2:42.82 for tenth in a strong competition. Rosie Lasseter (Catherine Muirhead/Mike Frost) ran a seasons best of 10.75 seconds in the 60m heats, jumped a personal best of 3.18m in the long jump and threw 4.09 for 13th in the shot. Amy Battle (Pete Torrance) jumped a personal best 3.66m for 17th in the long jump and ran a lifetime best of 32.20 in the 200m heats.

Congratulations to all those who competed. For the Under 13 and Under 15s, attention now turns to this Sunday's this round of the South Yorkshire Grand Prix Indoor Series which has seen outstanding performances from Stockport's Athletes so far this season. Following that, focus shifts to the England Athletics Indoor National Championships at the end of this month.

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