EIS Sheffield, 14-15 January 2017.

Congratulations to all medallists at this weekend’s Northern Athletics Senior/U20/U17 Indoor Championships.

Senior Women:
1. Alexandra Russell (Wigan & District) 13.07m (PB)
2. Zoe Hughes (Wigan & District) 11.27m
3. Letisha Richardson (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) 10.97m

Alexandra Russell continued her impressive start to the season as she retained her Northern Indoor title. Following her windy 13.40m at last season’s AAA Championships, she began her 2017 campaign at the start of the month with a new indoor PB of 12.94m and extended that even further to 13.07m at the weekend for a new legal lifetime best, indoors or out, by 2cm.

U20 Women:
1. Naomi Ogbeta (Trafford) 12.65m
2. Emily Gargan (Gateshead Harriers) 12.42m (PB)
3. Holly Smith (Liverpool Harriers) 11.90m (PB)
4. Zenni Enechi (Sale Harriers) 10.94m
5. Alicia Vermeulen (Stockport Harriers) 10.80m
6. Hope Chilokoa-Mullen (Leeds City) 10.67m
7. Amy Jackson (Stockport Harriers) 10.62m

There was certainly a sense of déjà vu in the U20 Women’s competition as not only did Naomi Ogbeta and Emily Gargan take gold and silver respectively, but Naomi matched her winning distance of 12.65m from last year’s Championships. Last year Naomi went on to set a new British Junior Indoor Record 12.99m before becoming AAA U20 Champion in a competition where Emily set her previous PB of 12.36m. In Sheffield on Saturday, Emily added 6cm to that distance with 12.42m, a 34cm improvement on her performance in last year’s Indoor Championships. In 3rd place Holly Smith, in her first year as an U20 athlete, added 35cm to her PB from last summer with 11.90m.

U17 Women:
1. Libby Wheeler (Kingston Upon Hull) 11.56m (PB)
2. Grace Plater (Leeds City) 11.24m
3. Katie Waterworth (Stockport Harriers) 11.01m
4. Katie Shingler (Wigan & District) 10.93m
5. Emily Jarad (Stockport Harriers) 10.82m
6. Megan Lasseter (Stockport Harriers) 10.31m (PB)
7. Lily Wilkinson (Chester-le-Street) 10.22m
8. Cheslea Dawson (City of York) 9.16m (PB)

Last year Libby Wheeler improved her PB by 90cm to take silver with 10.95m, and she improved even further last weekend with a new PB of 11.56m to take the 2017 gold. Grace Plater took this year’s silver with 11.24m, just 10cm below her PB, as Katie Waterworth repeated her bronze of last year with 11.01m.

Senior Men:
1. Seun Okome (Sale Harriers) 15.05m (PB)
2. Joshua Bones (Scunthorpe & District) 14.66m
3. Jonathan Ferryman (Sale Harriers) 13.54m
4. James Andrew (Jarrow & Hebburn) 13.30m
5. Chris Harris (Wakefield) 12.36m
6. Carl McMullen (Warrington) (M35) 11.85m

At last year’s Championships Seun Okome leapt 13.60m to take bronze. This year he broke the 15 metre barrier for the first time, jumping 15.05m to take the title. From the raw talent seen placing 9th at last year’s outdoor BUCS Championships, Seun is developing into an emerging force in the Triple Jump. Scunthorpe’s Joshua Bones repeated his silver medal from last year ahead of Sale’s Jonathan Ferryman.

U20 Men:
1. Emmanuel Odubanjo (Sale Harriers) 14.64m
2. Tobi Adeniji (Halifax) 13.73m (PB)
3. George Orton (Holmfirth) 13.38m (PB)
4. Matthew Ingram (Liverpool Pembroke Sefton) 13.12m (PB)
5. Harrison Whitfield (Gateshead) 12.66m
6. Benjamin Lang (Sheffield & Dearne) 12.48m
7. David Thomas (Morpeth) 12.11m

Three of the top four jumpers in the U20 Men’s competition set new PBs, with title winner Emmanuel Odubanjo the odd man out, though just missing his lifetime best by 5cm as he dominated the competition winning with 14.64m. In 2nd place, Tobi Adeniji added 5cm to his PB with 13.73m, while George Orton added an impressive 40cm to his best with 13.38m to take bronze. Matthew Ingram added 8cm to his PB with 13.12m, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place.

U17 Men:
1. Finlay Campbell (Wigan & District) 12.51m (PB)
2. Samuel Bradley (Gateshead) 12.22m
3. Joshua Young (Chesterfield) 12.07m
4. Alex Colton (Leeds City) 12.03m
5.  Sam Shilton (Stockport Harriers) 10.88m

Wigan’s Final Campbell added 15cm to his previous PB as he took the U17 Men’s title in his first year in the age group. Samuel Bradley claimed silver with 12.22m, while Joshua Young took bronze by just 4cm ahead of Alex Colton thanks to his best leap of 12.07m.

Written by iTripleJump

A Triple Jumper for over 35 years - from an over-hopping junior to a county-level senior - I still enjoy jumping in national and international Masters competitions in the event that has gripped me since my first hop, step and jump onto a springless PE mat. Waiting for that perfect jump. That one perfect jump ...

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