Brother and sister are in record-breaking form

Sister and brother Maria and Lewis Schofield.
Sister and brother Maria and Lewis Schofield.

LEWIS and Maria Schofield of Pontefract Athletics Club were again in excellent form at the Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting at Wakefield.

Lewis improved the Pontefract club’s long jump record for under 13 boys for the fourth time this season, winning the event with an outstanding jump of 4.40 metres. He also won the high jump with a clearance of 1.30 metres and finished second in the 800 metres in two minutes 41.21 seconds.

Lewis’s sister Maria was also in record breaking form, adding two centimetres to the club’s under 11 girls long jump record, which she set the previous week at the West Yorkshire championships.

Despite finishing fourth in a surprisingly high quality competition for such young girls, Maria cleared 3.51 metres with her first jump and cleared 3.51 metres again with her fourth round jump. In the shot putt, Maria produced a personal best to win the competition with a throw of 5.85 metres. In the 600 metres she was fifth in two minutes 17.76 seconds.

Will Carter finished second in the under 15 boys shot putt with 6.28 metres and fourth in the 80 metres hurdles in 16.83 seconds. Emily Carter was second in the under 13 girls shot putt with 5.20 metres.

Dominic Sanderson, in his first year as an under 13 boy, showed excellent potential with 3.64 metres in the long jump.

He also did 15.34 seconds in the 100 metres and 32.38 seconds in the 200 metres.

Fern Burnley did 5.03 metres in the under 15 girls shot putt and younger sister, Faye, cleared 3.08 metres in the under 13 girls long jump.

Megan Bashforth, in her first year as an under 11 girl, did extremely well to complete the 600 metres in 2:19.0 and she also ran well in the 80 metres, clocking 13.96 seconds. In the under 11 boys age group, Cameron Howes clocked 2:24.0 in the 600 metres and 13.30 in the 80 metres with Adam Stephenson crossing the line in 13.86 in the 80 metres.

In Sunday’s Sandal Castle 10K race, Angela Hannon of Pontefract Athletics Club finished third in the women’s race and first female veteran in 44 minutes 39 seconds. Michael Flaherty was the first finisher from the Pontefract club in 17th position in 42.01 with Scott Daly not far behind him in 22nd place in 42.37.