SUNDERLAND Harriers’ young sprinters gave the club a lift with their superb performances in the two-day North East Championships at Gateshead at the weekend.
Primarily known as a middle distance and endurance running club over their 107-year history, it was good to see the club’s sprinters make a welcome show.
Top of the pile came 14-year-old Hollie Lancaster, who clinched silver and gold medals over 200m and 100m in the under-15 age group.
The Thornhill schoolgirl bounced back from defeat (26.63) in the 200m to Gateshead’s Beth Pringle (26.50) to clinch the 100m title yesterday.
This time she scorched home in the short sprint (13.04) to beat Blaydon’s Laura Elvin (13.23) with Pringle third (13.37).
Also in devastating form was Logan Powell, who was denied victory in the under-15 boys’ 100m (11.93) on Saturday by the thickness of his vest, with the gold medal going to Chester-le-Street’s Gary Izomor (11.92).
Powell, a talented footballer, who has had trials with Stoke and Blackburn and played a game on the morning of the race, took his place on the start line of the 200m yesterday and again finished runner-up (24.84) to take his second silver medal.
Alix Waites recorded her fastest 300m time of 42.86 to take silver in the under-17 women’s race. Sam McKenzie scooped bronze in the under-20s 100m (13.41) and Jack Robinson was third in the under-15 300m (42.18).
The young middle distance runners were not to be outdone, winning two gold medals. Michael Wilson bounced back from an injury ravaged winter to blitz to victory in the under 17s 800m in a time just outside his best (1.58.54).
The Seaham athlete clocked 4min 11sec in the British Schools’ games last Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium to suggest his problems were over. Danielle Elliott was also in gold medal form with her win in the under-15s 3000m (11.19.81). Patrick Crombie picked up silver in the under-20s 5000m (17.01.31) and Joel Jones finished third in the under-15 boys’ 3000m (9.45.74).
Joe Gaffney completed the Harriers’ medal haul with second place in the under-15 high jump (1.50) and third in the shot (8.27).
Houghton Harriers also had a splendid championship with Ben Mitchell winning two medals. The under-15 won the shot with a putt of 10.79 and was second in the 300m (40.96). Alex Brown powered to first place in the under-15 boys’ 3000m (10.27.43). Rachel Scott was first in the under-17 high jump (1.50) and Adam Page won the under-13 shot (7.28). There was also a double bronze success for Lewis Thompson in the under-17s triple jump (9.54) and discus (20.83).
Hylton Lane’s Sophie Burnett, who competes for Birtley, picked up two medals with second place in the under 15 800m (2.23.88) and third over 1500m (4.47.62). Seaburn’s Emma Johnson, who competes for Jarrow and Hebburn, was second in the under-15 long jump (4.67) and third over the 75m hurdles (13.26). Plains Farm athlete Charmaine Porter of Jarrow and Hebburn, clocked 60.26 to finish third in the under-20 400m.
Despite the blustery conditions six championships record were broken. Chloe Loredo (New Marske) in the under-17 women’s 1500m (4.41.03), Kate Avery in the senior women’s 1500m (4.20.75), Katie Coulson (New Marske) under-20 1500m steeplechase (5.51.47), Katie Wilson (Birtley) senior women’s hammer (52.37), Chris Kirk (Newham) senior long jump (7.50) and Josh Allen under13 boys’ 1500m (4.45.37).
Washington’s Barry Maskell (Gateshead) took third in the under-20 1500m (4.10.07) ahead of Sunderland’s Olver James (4.11.69).
Sunderland Harriers had only one senior competitor and Kevin Calvert made his 5000m debut for fifth place (15.26.50) in the race won by Durham’s Dan Garbutt (14.31.26).