Northern League Division 2W match at Litherland Sunday 3rd August 2008
Preston Harriers Senior track and field team went into the match at Litherland Park, Liverpool on 3rd August leading their division by two points with up to six points on offer to the winners in this fourth and final match of the season. A top two finish in this six team division was required to secure a place in the Division 2 promotion match.
One of Prestons leading sprinters, Simon Woan, had a successful day winning the men’s 100m ‘A’ event in 11.3s and the men’s 200m ‘A’ event in 22.6s. Simon was well supported by Tom Batty who won the men’s 200m ‘B’ event in 23.6s and also won the men’s 400m hurdles ‘B’ event in a fast finishing 63.7s. Adam Michel and Matt Lloyd won the men’s 800m ‘A’ and ‘B’ events in 2:00.0 and 2:02.9 respectively. Not to be outdone Steven Bennett and Matt Davison won the men’s 1500m ‘A’ and ‘B’ events in 4:11.0 and 4:19.9 respectively. In the men’s 5000m, the longest race of the day, Matt Livingstone finished 2nd in the ‘A’ event in 16:04.7 and Garry Pennington won the ‘B’ event in 16:08.4.
Prestons main rival, West Cheshire, won most of the men’s throwing events but Steven Porter provided stiff competition in the javelin taking 2nd place in the ‘A’ event with a throw of 57.33m in the last round. The men’s jumping events were dominated by Preston. Andy Robinson and Andy Leat won the men’s long jump ‘A’ and ‘B’ events with leaps of 6.67m and 6.50m respectively whilst Andy Leat won the men’s triple jump ‘A’ event with 13.64m. Meanwhile, Andy Robinson won the men’s high jump ‘A’ event with a clearance of 1.90m, beating on count back team mate Cameron Gore who also had a clearance of 1.90m to win the ‘B’ event. The pole vault was also one of West Cheshire’s strong events but Prestons ever improving Andy Harrison took 2nd place in the ‘A’ event with a vault of 3.40m.
In the women’s events Sharon Trusch and Kate Hindle, returning after a long period out with injury, won the 400m ‘A’ and ‘B’ events in 58.6s and 62.4s respectively. Steph Roe and Danni McCann also won the 800m ‘A’ and ‘B’ events impressively in 2:13.9 and 2:28.6 respectively. Long time member of the senior team, Jackie Noblet, was in good form winning the women’s 400m hurdles ‘A’ event in 66.4s and taking 2nd in the 100m hurdles in a time of 15.5s. In the longer races, Lucy Sumner was 3rd home in the women’s 1500m ‘A’ event whilst Elena Dowthwaite won the ‘B’ event. Similarly in the women’s 3000m Nicola Jackson was 3rd home in ‘A’ event whilst Emma Deakin, making a rare appearance on the track, won the ‘B’ event.
Prestons specialist women’s thrower, Emma Pinkowicz, had to settle for 3rd place in both the hammer and discus ‘A’ events in a Division full of talented women throwers. Combined eventers: Rebekah Ingham, Catherine Cassidy, Hannah Lupton and Alix Morley also found tough opposition in the throwing events. In the jumping events, Rebekah Ingham was 2nd in the women’s high jump ‘A’ event with a clearance of 1.55m and Catherine Cassidy won the high jump ‘B’ event with a clearance of 1.50m, whilst Harriett James was 2nd in the long jump ‘A’ event with a leap of 5.46m.
The match was brought to a close with the relays. Prestons 4x100m men’s relay team of Simon Woan, Tom Batty, Andy Leat and new recruit, Joseph Quartey, won a close race in a time of 45.2s whilst the 4x400m men’s team of Adam Michel, Simon Woan, David Rigby and Matt Lloyd took 2nd in a time of 3:32.3. Prestons 4x100m women’s relay team of Harriett James, Hannah Lupton, Sally Thompson and Louisa Hodgson, who early won the 100m ‘B’ event, were far to quick for the opposition winning by 4 seconds in a time of 50.0s. Similarly the 4x400m women’s team of Sharon Trusch, Steph Roe, Claire Kane and Kate Hindle won their race by over 15 seconds in a time of 3:59.5.
The final result was Preston Harriers 1st (418 pts), Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 2nd (373 pts), Southport Waterloo 3rd (345 pts), Lancaster Morecambe Kendal 4th (335 pts), West Cheshire 5th (325 pts) and Seaton 6th (183 pts).
Preston Harriers (23 match pts) and West Cheshire AC (17 match pts) have qualified for the promotion match at Cudworth, near Barnsley, on 31st August. The other six teams competing in the promotion match will be Blackpool, East Cheshire, York, Middlesborough, Hull and Rotherham.
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