Pontefract athletes strike gold

Pontefract Athletic Club's (left to right) Caitlin Howes, Cameron Howes, Jasmine Bate, Will Carter and Sam Schofield finished in the top three in the individual points tables in their age groups in the West Yorkshire Track and Field League.
Pontefract Athletic Club's (left to right) Caitlin Howes, Cameron Howes, Jasmine Bate, Will Carter and Sam Schofield finished in the top three in the individual points tables in their age groups in the West Yorkshire Track and Field League.

Athletes from Pontefract Athletics Club were in tremendous form at Sunday’s West Yorkshire Track and Field Championships at Cleckheaton.

Nine Pontefract athletes won gold medals, the highest number ever achieved by the club at these championships.

They also won three silver medals and eight bronze, making a total of 20 medals.

In what was an outstanding day of achievement for the club, seven new club records were established, which is the highest number ever to have been set in one day of competition.

Jasmine Bate started the ball rolling by winning the under 13 girls high jump.

The previous day, Jasmine had won the high jump event at the York Summer League meeting, setting a club record of 1.45 metres.

In Sunday’s championship meeting, she jumped one centimetre higher to lift the club record to 1.46 metres, which is an AAA of England grade one standard.

Rebecca Bell finished third to win the bronze medal with 1.25 metres.

Jasmine won the silver medal in the under 13 girls discus, setting another club record of 23.27 metres, which is also an AAA of England grade one standard.

Rebecca Bell won the bronze medal in that event with 16.57 metres.

Robert Bate won the gold medal in the under 15 boys 200 metres in 25.92 seconds and he also won the gold medal in the shot putt with 8.49 metres.

He added the silver medal in the 100 metres to his tally with a time of 12.63 seconds.

Cameron Howes also left Cleckheaton with his pockets lined with gold.

He took the gold medal in the under 15 boys long jump, setting a club record of 5.05 metres.

Jack Kinnear won the bronze medal in that event with 4.01 metres.

Cameron also struck gold in the high jump with 1.55 metres and he also won the bronze medal in the 200 metres with 29.19 seconds.

Richard Howes, father of Cameron, was also in excellent form.

He won the gold medal in the senior men’s javelin for the second year running with 37.57 metres.

He also won a silver medal in the discus, setting a club record for men over 50 with 25.71 metres.

He then turned his hand to the long jump, where he claimed the bronze medal with 4.95 metres.

He was just outside the medals with fourth place in the shot putt, but set a club record of 8.84 metres.

Abigail Clegg won her heat of the under 13 girls 800 metres in two minutes 42.81 seconds, but missed out on a medal as times in the previous heat were quicker.

Her father, Andrew Clegg, made sure that a gold medal would be making its way to the Clegg’s household, though, when he won the senior men’s discus, setting a club record of 26.92 metres.

Sam Schofield won the gold medal in the under 11 boys shot putt and he erased a long standing club record with a throw of 6.80 metres.

Will Carter won the gold medal in the under 20 men’s shot putt with 9.61 metres, the silver medal in the hammer with 20.12 metres and bronze medals in the javelin (36.36 metres), long jump (5.27 metres) and discus (29.07 metres).

In the half time break at the championships, five of the club’s athletes were presented with medals for finishing in the top three in the individual points tables within their age group in the West Yorkshire Track and Field League.

Cameron Howes won the gold medal in the under 15 boys, Will Carter (under 20 men) and Jasmine Bate (under 13 girls) won the silver medals and Caitlin Howes (under 11 girls) and Sam Schofield (under 11 boys) won the bronze medals.

At the York Summer League meeting, Jasmine Bate also won the under 13 girls long jump with 4.28 metres.

Will Carter won the under 20 men’s pole vault with 3.00 metres and the javelin with 34.06 metres.

Harrison Carter won the under nine boys shot putt with 4.48 metres.