THERE were many outstanding performances in Sunday’s Wilkinson Pontefract Open track and field meeting at Wakefield’s Thornes Park Athletics Stadium.
A total of 198 athletes from all over the North of England competed in the Wilkinson sponsored event, which was organised by Pontefract Athletics Club.
Many of the performances were superior to the grade one standards set by England Athletics for athletes in the under 13 to under 17 age groups and there were numerous outstanding performances in the under 11 age group, for which England Athletics does not provide standards,
Gemma Walker from Goole Youth AC was an impressive winner in the under 11 girls 600 metres in one minute 55.6 seconds with Maria Schofield finishing third of the 11 competitors in 2:07.8.
Maria was just one centimetre short of the Pontefract club record in the long jump, finishing fourth with 3.35 metres behind Alicia Gregory of Scunthorpe, who won the event with 3.68 metres.
Ashlyn Bland from Gateshead Harriers had an outstanding double in the under 13 girls 100 metres (13.7 seconds) and 200 metres (27.3 seconds).
Olivia Sykes from Holmfirth Harriers had a clear victory in the under 13 girls 800 metres in a fast two minutes 30.9 seconds.
In the under 13 girls high jump, the first two were both ahead of the England Athletics grade one standard with Rebecca Oliver from Sheffield claiming first place with 1.45 metres ahead of Abby Ward of Wakefield Harriers, who cleared 1.40 metres.
Emily Evans of Sale Harriers (Manchester) produced an outstanding England Athletics grade one performance in the under 13 girls long jump to secure first place with 4.52 metres.
Faye Burnley from Pontefract Athletics Club did well to finish fourthwith 3.35 metres.
Emily Carter from the Pontefract club finished third in the under 13 girls shot putt with 5.21 metres.
In the under 15 girls events, Alona-Mae Lonsdale from Gateshead Harriers was well clear of the opposition in both the 100 metres (12.7 seconds) and in the 200 metres (26.1 seconds).
Despite clearing 5.11 metres in the long jump, Alona-Mae had to settle for second place behind the irrepressible Alyssia Carr from Sale Harriers, whose 5.15 metres in the long jump and 11.8 seconds for first place in the 75 metres hurdles were probably enough to tag her as the athlete of the meeting. Toni Buckingham from Barnsley was an impressive winner of the shot putt with 9.90 metres.
In the under 17 ladies shot putt, Chelsea Mitchell from Spenborough made sure of first place with a massive throw of 10.44 metres.
There was a quality competition in the senior ladies hammer with the first four all throwing in excess of 40 metres. Sarah Drake from Wakefield Harriers just managed to edge out Vicky Johnson from Liverpool Harriers with 45.94 metres against Vicky’s 45.71.
In the under 11 boys age group, the 600 metres threw up an exciting contest between Kaya Walker of Rotherham and Matthew Hill of Wakefield. Kaya’s 1:51.5 just managed to get him home with 0.7 seconds to spare.
Dominic Singh from Kingston Upon Hull recorded an impressive double against top quality opposition in the under 13 boys 100 metres and 200 metres.
His 13.3 seconds in the 100 metres was good enough to beat Yorkshire champion, Lewis Renton from Leeds City, who was second with 13.5.
In the 200 metres, his 26.5 seconds brought him well clear of Markhim Lonsdale from Gateshead, who was second in 27.3 and Lewis Renton, who was third in 27.5.
In the 800 metres in this age group, Markhim Lonsdale repeated his victory from last year with an impressive two minutes 18.1 seconds.
Markhim’s England Athletics grade one performance in that event was matched by another grade one performance in the long jump, which he won with a tremendous leap of 4.72 metres.
Despite finishing fifth in the long jump, Lewis Schofield of Pontefract Athletics Club set a new club record of 4.16 metres. Lewis also equalled his personal best in the high jump with 1.35 metres, which gave him third place behind Callum Hamilton from Longwood Harriers, who took first place with a superb jump of 1.46 metres.
In the under 15 boys age group, a very impressive treble by Leon Greenwood from Spenborough could have been enough to bring him in close contention with Alyssia Carr as athlete of the meeting.
Grade one performances in both the 100 metres and 200 metres with 11.6 seconds and 23.5 seconds respectively took him well clear of the opposition. He also won the high jump with 1.61 metres.
Stephen Haigh from Pontefract Athletics Club won the long jump with 4.49 metres with Joseph Cook from Pontefract finishing second with 4.01 metres.
William Carter from the Pontefract club won the under 15 boys shot putt with 5.88 metres.
Joseph Cook stepped up an age group to finish second in the under 17 mens 1,500 metres in 5:15.2. William Rotherforth from Wakefield Harriers won the under 17 mens triple jump with 12.67 metres.