Foursome reach nationals

A QUARTET of Dearne Advance Learning Centre’s pole vaulting group will represent South Yorkshire at the All England Schools Track and Field Championship after victory in the regionals at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Adam Hague was the first to qualify, making his 3.50m look simple, despite clearing more half a metre higher than the qualifying standard.

His clearance also eases him into contention to represent All England Schools in future Home Nations matches.

Training partner Marcus Salt will join him in the Under 15s category at the All England Championships after besting the qualifying height of 2.95m with a 3.10m clearance.

Hague and Miller took the one-two in the South Yorkshire Championships while further Dearneside athletes ensured a clean sweep.

Up and coming performers at Under–15 level Jack Hollingworth and Matthew Miller, completed the line up with respective clearances of 2.40m and 2.10m.

The older members of the team did not disappoint either with Nicolas Cole particularly impressive.

Cole’s winning height of 4.50m handed him a new personal best as well as victory in the intermediate boys category.

It would also have been enough to seal first place in the senior category also.

But that went to team mate Lewis Billam who cleared 4.0m.

Billam’s height was 10 centimetres away from guaranteeing qualification for the All England Championships but his season’s best 4.20m has been submitted for consideration of the selectors.

Finishing second behind Billam in the South Yorkshire Championship was Chris Price who cleared 3.80m.

Vicky Price cleared 2.95m to earn her place in the intermediate girls category of the National Championships.

Away from the vaulting track, Dearneside athlete Steve Bowkett earned first place in the intermediate hammer throw with a distance of 36.49m.

It was not enough to earn qualification for the nationals.

Dearne ALC coach Trevor Fox was delighted with his athletes’ performances.

He said: “All of them have prepared well for this championship to make sure of their selection for the All England Championships.

“I’m absolutely proud and satisfied of all of their efforts.”

*Three members of Wombwell Sporting Athletics Club also enjoyed success at the South Yorkshire Schools Championships.

Holly Taylor took second place in the junior girls discus with a personal best throw of 20.49m, an improvement of more than half a metre.

Katie Belshaw finished third in the Year Seven 100m in a personal best-equalling time of 13.8s.

And Adam Murray completed the trio of success with a pair of second place finished in the senior high jump and long jump.

Murray cleared 1.65m in the high jump and leapt 5.69m in the long jump.