Sam Schofield, Cameron Howes and Will Carter of Pontefract Athletics Club came away from last weekend’s Yorkshire Track and Field Championships at Cudworth with a gold medal each.
Sam’s victory was perhaps the biggest surprise. He won the under 13 boys shot putt with a personal best of 6.53 metres.
Cameron defended the under 15 boys 80 metres hurdles title that he won last year, hurdling with great fluency to clock a personal best of 12.72 seconds. Will won gold in the under 20 men’s 400 metres hurdles with a club record time of 69.50 seconds.
The championships were a significant milestone in the development of Pontefract Athletics Club. Their athletes won a total of 16 medals, featuring three gold, four silver and nine bronze. It was way ahead of the club’s previous best haul of seven medals at last year’s championships,
Cameron Howes also won a silver medal for finishing second in the under 15 boys high jump with 1.60 metres. He was also fourth in the long jump, setting a club record of 5.17 metres.
Maria Schofield won the silver medal in the under 17 women’s hammer with 43.94 metres. Maria also won the bronze medal in the discus, setting a club record of 31.11 metres and she was fourth in the shot putt, setting a club record for that event with 11.98 metres.
Will Carter won four medals in the under 20 men’s age group. In addition to his gold, he took the silver medal in the triple jump with 11.68 metres and then added two bronze medals in the javelin (38.60 metres) and long jump (5.78 metres).
Isabelle Stones won three medals in the under 13 girls events, including a silver medal in the shot putt with 8.21 metres. She also won bronze medals in the high jump with 1.25 metres and long jump with 4.35 metres. Isabelle also camethird in her heat of the 80 metres in 11.91 seconds.
Richard Howes also won three medals in the senior men’s age group. These came in the javelin (37.12 metres), 110 metres hurdles (21.49 seconds) and long jump (4.81 metres).
Jasmine Bate won a bronze medal in the under 15 girls discus with 19.89 metres.
Rebecca Bell was just outside the medals in fourth place in the under 15 girls shot putt with 9.06 metres. Rebecca also did 4.10 metres in the long jump and she clocked 29.70 in her heat of the 200 metres.
Maisie Heptinstall finished fifth in the final of the under 15 girls 100 metres in a time of 13.08 seconds. The time would have been a club record had it not been wind assisted. Abigail Clegg came seventh in the final of the under 15 girls 300 metres in 48.20 seconds, after finishing third in her heat and setting a club record of 47.90 seconds.
Andrew Clegg came seventh in the senior men’s discus with 25.69 metres. Alex Linder clocked 14.28 in her heat of the under 15 girls 100 metres and 29.70 in her heat of the 200 metres.
Caitlin Howes achieved 3.41 metres in the under 13 girls long jump and 5.10 metres in the shot putt.