Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Young Stars Take Chance to Impress

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Young Stars Take Chance to Impress

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A DEPLETED North East team still managed to produce many good performances in the Inter-Counties Championships at the Costello Stadium, Hull yesterday, (writes BILL McGUIRK).

While senior action was thin on the ground the region's younger athletes relished the chance of representing their county and did so with relish.

There were two good wins for Leslie Richards in the senior shot and discus events, 24 hours after competing in the UK Challenge Final at Crystal Palace.

Ade Babatunde won the triple jump while the only other senior man to make the trip, Liam McDonnell, finished eighth in the long jump.

There were two winning performances in the senior women's section with Anne Irvine taking maximum points in the 5,000m walk while Melissa Turner won the 1,500m. Rebecca Wilmshurst was just headed to finish in second place in both the 100 and 200 metres.

Tracy Laws produced a personal best to finish fourth in the 800m.

In the under-17 women's age group Kimberley Burt (discus) and Melissa Smith (300m hurdles) were the County's only success but there were second places for Zoe Armstrong, with a pb in the 1,500m, Joanne Lawton in the pole vault and for Ashleigh Wood in the high jump.

Russell Best finished third in the under-17 men's 800m and then stepped in to fill a gap at 3,000m and he had the distinction of winning the event in a new lifetime best.

Another winner in the under-17 age group who produced a pb was Andrew Toothill in the discus while Andrew Richardson's second spot in the 400m was also a pb.

Paul Clifford won the under-15 boys 800m while Josh Phillips finished runner-up in the 1,500m in a new pb.

The best performance among the under-15 girls competition was a second place for Rachel Denton in the 1,500 metres while Celia Harrison produced a new person best for third place in the shot. …

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