Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golden Boy Scott Is Jumping for Joy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Golden Boy Scott Is Jumping for Joy

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Byline: BILL McGUIRK

SCOTT HALL produced a superb performance to lift the under-20 triple jump gold medal at the North Eastern Counties Championships at Gateshead Stadium.

With the wind making conditions difficult, Hall managed to get it right when it mattered and zoomed out to 14:22 metres.

It was just good enough to win the gold medal, but it also added one centimetre to Blaydon's Craig Fiddes' record set in 2008.

The Gateshead Harrier, defending his title he won last year, is ranked sixth in the UK and showed he is equally at home in the long jump by securing first place with a best effort of 6:44 metres.

Hall was one of seven new championship-best performers over the two-day championships, with four going to the younger age groups.

In the under-17 women's 1,500m, New Marske's Chloe Loredo won in 4:41.03 - two seconds inside the old figures of Shildon's Kate Avery.

Loredo's team-mate Katie Coulson knocked more than 30 seconds off the relatively new under-20 1,500m steeplechase figures, recording 5:51.47.

Teessider Josh Allen moved up to third in the under-13 1,500m UK rankings after shaving two seconds off the existing record with 4:45.37.

Away from the record breakers there were many other notable performances. Cameron Boyek was an impressive 1,500m winner. Matthew Greenhow (Gateshead) won the 100m in the same age group and finished runner-up behind Jack Crosby in the 200m.

Among the field events, North Shields Poly's Reece Straker produced a pb of 46:50m to win the hammer.

In the under-20 women's category, Shildon's Laura Walker took both the 100m and 200m.

It was a winning double for Jarrow and Hebburn's Sarah McDonald who won the 400m and was the fastest female on show over 800m.

There were also two goldmedal winning efforts by Georgia Whitfield, the Durham City athlete claiming both the high jump and long jump.

At under-17 level, Sunderland's Michael Wilson showed a return to form to win the 800m while Charlie Pascoe (New Marske) took the 1,500m and 3,000m.

Gateshead's James Turnbull triumphed in the 400m hurdles, while team-mate Johnny Wilkinson claimed gold in the sprint hurdles. …

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