Harriers soar to top of league with home win

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Wakefield Harriers moved two points clear at the top of the Youth Development U17/U20 League Northern Premier 2 Division with a stunning performance at their home event.

The Harriers racked up 580 match points to take the maximum of six league points and open up a narrow advantage over second-placed City of Sheffield AC with just one meet remaining.

Athletics Meeting Tornes Park, Wakefield sun 30th june 2013'Sam Mattocks, left of Wakefield winning the under 20's B race beating Finlay Fuller of Leeds City

Athletics Meeting Tornes Park, Wakefield sun 30th june 2013'Sam Mattocks, left of Wakefield winning the under 20's B race beating Finlay Fuller of Leeds City

Wakefield have 16 league points from a possible 18, and can wrap up the title with second place or better at the final event in Sheffield on Sunday, July 28.

Hosting the meet on Sunday, June 30, Wakefield took twenty first-place finishes at the event, including a new club record for Sally Smith in the women’s U20 400m A (56.17secs).

There were two wins apiece for U20s Kieran Thackray (discus B and javelin B), Michael Jones (hammer B and pole vault B) and George Brown (long jump A and triple jump B).

The Harriers also dominated the men’s U20 100m, William Rotherford wining the A race and Sam Mattocks victorious in the B race, and the women’s U20 3000m, Gina Vickers taking glory in the A race and Sophie Morgan winning the B race.

The men’s U20 4x100m relay team of Rotherford, Brown, Daniel Bodsworth and Daniel Sheehan stormed home in 45.82secs to comfortably take first place, while there were also impressive displays from winners Beth Porter, Faye Beckett and Damilola Olaleru among others.

Sunday’s match was the first meeting that Wakefield have won this year, with second-place finishes at Pitreavie in April and South Leeds earlier in June, but the win propels them into pole position in the race for the overall title.

Wakefield now have a total of 1,739 match points, almost 100 clear of second-placed Sheffield, and will be hopeful of sealing league glory later this month as they travel to Sheffield’s home event bursting with confidence.