Records fall in schools events

There were two records and many encouraging performances at Saturday's Northumberland Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium.

There were two records and many encouraging performances at Saturday's Northumberland Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium.

Laura Weightman from Duchess School, Alnwick, smashed the 13-year-old record by nearly eight seconds in the intermediate girls' 1500m.

Rebecca Liddell (Royal GS, Newcastle) bettered the figures in the junior 75m hurdles by 0.38secs. Lauren Dewdney (Central High) who held the previous record, won the senior 100m hurdles.

Northern Championship record holder Niall Flannery (Royal GS) won his speciality 400m hurdles in the intermediate age group, missing brother Kieran's record by 0.38secs. He also won the 100m hurdles. Gina Rutherford (Whitley Bay HS) matched the figures in the senior girls' 400m, half an hour after winning the 800m.

Last year's English Schools inter 800m runner-up Stacey Smith (Prudhoe HS) won the senior 1500m.

Rebecca Ferguson (North Tyneside) clocked a personal best to win the junior girls' 800m and Zoe Armstrong (East Northumberland) took the intermediate 800m title.

Emma Pringle (East Northumberland) won the intermediate triple jump and shot, and Jordan Bowser (Newcastle) took the junior discus and hammer titles. Pringle is northern champion in the triple jump.

Grace Johnson (North Tyneside) cleared a personal best to win the intermediate high jump. Last year's English Schools' junior silver medallist, Tim Parkin (Tynedale) took the intermediate pole vault title.

There were more outstanding performances and four records at the Durham Schools Championships at Jarrow.

Matthew Davison (Gateshead) bettered a 33-year record to win the intermediate 100m, eclipsing the old mark by 0.2secs.

Kate Avery (SW Durham) took almost three seconds off a 17-year record winning the intermediate 1500m.

Northern champion Nicola Pearson (Easington) won the intermediate 300m clipping the old mark by a 10th of a second.

Chloe Gill (Derwentside) added 82cms to the record in the intermediate triple jump.

Josh Phillips (Darlington) narrowly missed the junior 800m record and in a close senior girls' 400m hurdles, Lorna McMichael (West Wearside) narrowly defeated Sam Coleby (Durham Central) and Vicky Holmes (West Wearside).

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