Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Gold Again for Tees Athletes; Athletics

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Gold Again for Tees Athletes; Athletics

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Byline: RICK BETTS

ATHLETES from Middlesbrough Athletics Club were in record-breaking form at the North Eastern Counties Combined events Championships at Gateshead.

Eight club members took part in the five event challenge, returning with seven medals including five golds.

Jack Crosby successfully defended the title he won 12 months ago, and bettered his own championship record and GB best of 3,663 points in the Under-20 age group.

He started his campaign with a personal best in the 60m hurdles (8.22secs), put in solid performances in the shot putt (11.32m) and long jump (6.51m) and then went on produce another lifetime best in the high jump (1.98m). That took him to 2,977 points and in the 60m he clocked 7.22secs to set a championship best of 3,783 points.

Charlotte Paterson (Under-13) also held on to her title.

She made a fine start, running a PB in the 60m hurdles (10.00secs), a time that was good enough to take the talented 12-year-old to third place in the UK rankings.

She then went on to improve her best in the high jump with a 1.41m clearance, a performance that was also good enough for third place in the UK rankings for that event.

A good performance in the long jump (4.16m) and a personal best in the shot putt (7.44m) meant that Paterson went into the 60m with a narrow lead over Lauren Beales (Gateshead). A PB in the 60m (8.69secs) meant she successfully defended her title with 2591 points.

Charlotte Kessell made the move up from last year's Under-17 champion and record holder to the Under-20 age group.

Beginning the day with a best ever run of 9.65secs in the 60m hurdles, she followed up with good performances in the high jump (1.47m) and shot putt (7m) which left her in second place.

She then followed a lifetime best performance in the long jump (5.44m) which narrowed the gap on the leader Emma Frame (Whitemoss) from 124 points to just 11. …

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