Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOLD STANDARD; Tees Athletes Take Honours in Nationals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GOLD STANDARD; Tees Athletes Take Honours in Nationals

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Byline: RICK BETTS

TWO Teesside University athletes have earned national gold medals at the British Universities Championships at Bedford.

The first gold medal went to reigning 1500 metre champion Jonathan Taylor, who ran superbly through two qualifying rounds and completely dominated his final.

He won by almost one and a half seconds in a time of 3min 46.70sec from the much more fancied Andy Vernon (St Mary's).

The second gold went to Ade Babatunde in the triple jump. Babatunde competed exceptionally to win his first national title with a personal best performance of 14.96 metres in blustery conditions.

Both Taylor and Babatunde will now look forward to the Loughborough International meeting where they have been invited to represent Great Britain Students on May 17.

Other prominent Teesside athletes on show were Lloyd Powell, Stacey Smith and Faye Winspear.

NATIONAL YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE THE young athletes of Middlesbrough AC got off to a winning start to their campaign in Northern League Division one of the National Young Athletes League at Clairville Stadium.

In the Under-17 men's age group, Ben Stevenson won the double in the short sprints while Lewis Harvey was clear winner over 400m.

Alex Grundmann made a welcome return to competition winning the 800m.

Hammer thrower Ben Daley won his specialist event as well as the high jump.

Other double winners were Jack Chapman (shot/hammer) and Alex Hamer (long/high jump), while Ian Swall won the discus and Jordan Gill the long jump, For the Under-15 boys Matthew Jeal won three events, taking the B events at 100m, 200m and shot putt, and Chris Milbourne won the B 400/800m double.

Better known as a sprinter, Fezan Mughal took shot putt honours, and the pole vault was won by Ashley Gray. The sole winner in the Under-13 boys section was Ben Spencer in the 800m.

The Under-17 girls section was dominated by Middlesbrough AC athletes who completed doubles including Clare Stewart (100/200m), Kate Welford (200/300m) and

Christina O'Connor (80h/long jump).

Ashleigh Stone was a convincing winner of the 100m with Stephanie Allison and Catherine Meynell completing the one-two in the 800m. …

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