Pontefract athletes win seven medals at county event

Pontefract Athletics Club's Isabelle Stones won a bronze medal in the under 13 girls shot putt on Saturday.
Pontefract Athletics Club's Isabelle Stones won a bronze medal in the under 13 girls shot putt on Saturday.

The Yorkshire County Track and Field Championships proved to be another major stepping stone in the development of Pontefract Athletics Club with their athletes returning from last weekend’s championships with a total of seven medals.

Cameron Howes collected a gold medal for winning the under 15 boys 80 metres hurdles in 14.53 seconds due to the fact that there was no opposition.

After that, medals were much more difficult to come by, but Richard Howes won the silver medal in the senior men’s javelin with a throw of 31.36 metres and Isabelle Stones took the medal count up to three at the end of the first day of competition on the Saturday when she produced a personal best of 7.70 metres to win the bronze medal in the under 13 girls shot putt.

Isabelle was also fifth in the long jump with 4.10 metres.

On day two of the championships on the Sunday, Maria Schofield got the Pontefract club off to an excellent start with medals in both the shot putt and the hammer.

With both of these events taking place at the same time, Maria was only able to take two of her six throws in the under 15 girls shot putt, which had 21 competitors taking part.

Her first throw of 10.41 metres set a new club record and she improved this further with her second throw of 10.61 metres, which secured the silver medal.

As there was no hammer competition for under 15 girls, Maria stepped up one age group to contest the under 17 ladies event in this discipline and came away with the bronze medal after an excellent throw of 39.16 metres.

Despite setting a club record of two minutes 36.30 seconds in the heats of the under 13 girls 800 metres on Saturday, Emily Plimmer had only just managed to qualify for Sunday’s final as a fastest loser after finishing fourth in her heat.

Starting as only the seventh quickest of the eight finalists, it was beyond everybody’s expectation when Emily moved up from seventh place at the bell to storm past four of her opponents on the last lap, showing tremendous speed endurance up the finishing straight to win the bronze medal in a huge personal best and club record of two minutes 32.98 seconds.

Abigail Clegg had also competed extremely well in the under 13 girls 800 metres heats on Saturday, clocking a personal best of 2:37.00 to finish third, but was denied a place in Sunday’s final when Emily Plimmer ran 7/10ths of a second quicker in the following heat.

Rebecca Bell also ran well in her heat of the 800 metres, finishing fourth in 2:42.89.

Richard Howes brought the Pontefract club’s medal tally up to seven when he won the bronze medal in the senior men’s 110 metres hurdles in 21.2 seconds.

Richard also finished fourth in the triple jump with 10.39 metres.

Will Carter finished fourth in the under 20 men’s javelin with 34.82 metres and fifth in the triple jump with 11.66 metres.

Jasmine Bate finished fourth in the under 13 girls high jump with 1.25 metres and Rebecca Bell cleared the same height to finish fifth.

In last week’s West Yorkshire Track and Field League meeting at Wakefield, Rebecca Bell won the under 13 girls discus with 16.85 metres.

Sam Schofield won the under 11 boys shot putt with 6.05 metres and Logan Askham finished second in that event with 5.11 metres.

Cameron Howes came second in the under 15 boys high jump with a clearance of 1.45 metres and Caitlin Howes was third in the under 11 girls long jump with 3.26 metres.

Matthew Tam-McMillan was third in the under 13 boys 80 metres in 11.54 seconds, third in the 150 metres in 21.58 seconds and third in the shot putt with 5.76 metres.

In the under 13 girls 80 metres, Isabelle Stones came third in 11.94 seconds, Jasmine Bate was fourth in 12.02 and Abigail Clegg was fifth in 12.04. In the 150 metres, Isabelle Stones was third in 22.37, Abigail Clegg was 4th in 22.62 and Jasmine Bate 5th in 23.12.