Holmfirth Harriers used home advantage to push themselves into second place in the Northern Track and Field League.
Hosting round three at Wakefield, Harriers went into the meeting lying third but second on the day lifted them to second in the series.
Holmfirth started well in the sprint events with Jordan Toth winning both the 100m and 200m ‘A’ races with times of 10.8 seconds and 22.4, respectively, and now has 18 league points putting him equal second place in the ‘Top Point Scorers Award’ for the season.
Harvey Woodhead ran the ‘B’ 100m in 11.9secs and then recorded 24.1secs in the 200m, while Kai Sunman and Lavell Pierre were in the 400m and recorded good times in 53.7 and 55,0, respectively.
Lauren Storr was making her first appearance this season and ran well to finish third in both the 100m (13.6) and 200m (28.1).
She was joined in the 100m by Naomi Harvey-Franklin who ran 13.6 and by Louise Adams, who was making her debut in the senior team, in the 200m and recorded 30.1.
In the 400m Ruby Sykes was joined by Katie Franklin and both put in a good performances and recording 65.8 and 67.4, respectively.
In the 100m hurdles events Storr and Harvey-Franklin collected maximum points for the team winning the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races in times of 16.0 and 18.2secs, respectively.
Harvey-Franklin was joined in the 400m hurdles by Aideen Farrell, finishing third ‘A’ and second ‘B’.
Rob Hinchliffe-Smith and Jake Richardson both finished third in their 110m hurdles – Richardson recording a new personal best of 23.0.
The club’s throwers Katie Franklin and Katie Zientek continued to dominate the top point-scorer board, taking maximum points in the discus with their 25.25m and 23.48m efforts, respectively.
Franklin finished third ‘A’ in the shot, while Zientek was second ‘B’, and their positions were reversed in the javelin with Zientek’s 27.98m a metre ahead of Franklin’s 26.87m.
Adrienne Dewhirst teamed up with Zientek in the hammer setting a season’s best of 16.18m, and Franklin is currently in equal first place in the ‘Top Point’s Scorers’ Award with 73 points with Zientek in third on 72 points.
In the men’s Dennis St Louis showed massive improvements recording PBs in all his throwing events.
St Louis’s best result came in the shot where his 9.91m last effort moved him from 5th to third ‘A’.
In the discus and javelin he threw 27.17m and 30.06m, respectively, while Andy Storr gave strong support with his best result being his 20.67m in the hammer to finish third ‘B’.
In the javelin, St Louis teamed up with Dave Watson, who threw a season’s best of 28.34m.
George Orton set a new PB in the triple jump with a distance of 11,49m, a season’s best with his 5.45m in the long jump and 1.50m in the high jump.
He was joined by Robert Hinchliffe-Smith who also secured season’s bests in the high jump and triple jump, and Hinchliffe-Smith took points in five events to keep him at the top of the leader board with 55 points.
In the women’s Aideen Farrell and Lucy Taylor each finished second in their respective triple jump events with jumps of 9.31m and 9.14m, followed by third places in the high jump, while Franklin had secured second place in the pole vault.
In the men’s 800m Pierre took his personal best down to 2.01.2 finishing third ‘A’, while Sunman recorded 2.09.2 in the ‘B’ race.
Richard Smith dipped under 10 minutes for the first time in the ‘A’ 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9.59.5, while Jake Richardson was fourth place in the ‘B’ race.
Smith was in the 1500m with Peter Brookes, the pair finishing third ‘A’ and 2nd ‘B’ – the points gained puts Smith in joint second in the Top Points Scorers Award.
Dave Watson and Stuart Sharpe had good runs in the 5000m finishing second ‘A’ in 15.45.9 and first ‘B’ in 16.22.1, respectively.
In the women’s Ruby Sykes and Zoe Storr ran the 800m, both finishing third in their respective races.
Maggie Sykes and Lucy Farquhar both had good runs in the 3000m to finish second ‘A’ and first ‘B’.
Olivia Sykes had a splendid run to win the 1500m gaining full points with a time of 4.45.5 and Maggie gave good support to finish third in the ‘B’ race.
In the relays Woodhead, Craig Sheard, Will Lander and Toth stormed through to win in the 4x100m in 45.5, while in the women’s 4x100m Holmfirth were fourth in 55.2secs.
In the 4x400m both the men’s and women’s teams finished in fourth place.
Holmfirth notched 376 points just one behind winners Leigh, who hold first place in the league with 16 points from the Harriers on 14 points and Seaton are third on 12.
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