New bests all round

THE Dearne ALC pole vaulters saw off winter indoor season in style as all eight members of their travelling party achieved new personal bests in Manchester.

And the remarkable progress continued in Gateshead with further progress from the male athletes of the Goldthorpe-based group.

Top ranked vaulter Adam Hague flew the highest of the group as he set a new UK indoor record in the Under 15 competition as he cleared 4.10m.

And Nicholas Cole made three excellent attempts at 4.50m after clearing 4.30m in the Under 17 event.

Cole is ranked second in the UK in his age group and regualrly jumping half a metre higher than the requirement for the All England Schools Championship which will take place in the summer.

Caitlin Baker moved up to 12th in the UK Under 15 rankings with a clearance of 2.45m at the Reebok All Comers Competition at Sport City in Manchester.

The clearance increased Baker’s previous best by 10cm.

Training partner Vicky Price cleared a new best of 2.90m to move 10th in the Under 17 rankings.

Marcus Scott raised his personal top mark to 3.20m in the Under 15 competition where Lee Lloyd improved to 3.40m.

In the Under 20 event, Lewis Billum finally achieved the 4m mark while Chris Price reached 3.70m in the same category.

A party of five male Dearne vaulters travelled to the International Stadium for the Valt Gateshead competition.

Jack Hollingsworth increased his personal best by half a metre by clearing 2.62m in the Under 15 event.

Training partner Marcus Scott cleared 3.12m.

UK number one Hague took the gold medal with a respectable clearance of 3.82m.

Cole took gold in the Under 17 competition with a new personal best of 4.42m despite still only being a Year 11 school pupil.

The performance saw Cole close the gap further on the number one ranked vaulter in his age group, and he is determined to match the feat of training partner Hague and reach the top of the rankings.

Sean Power maintained his consistency in the Under 20 category with a fine clearance of 3.82m before making three very strong attempts at 4.02m.

He made the height each time but clumsily dislodged the bar on his descent each time.

The Dearne ALC group will make their first outdoor appearance of the year at the Sheffield Festival of Athletics next month.