proved to be one of the day’s star performers at the North Eastern Counties Athletic
Association’s annual Pentathlon Championships, held within an Open Meeting,
that also included the North East Veterans Championships,
held at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow, on Saturday 24th September 2016.
Jessica won a silver medal behind Gateshead’s Amelia Bateman, who had scored 3,284 points,
which proved to be a championship best performance for the Under 17 Women’s age group.
The much talented Morpeth sprinter won the 80m Hurdles in 12.2s,
which was an event that she was tackling for the first time.
She also finished third in the Long Jump (4.82m), High Jump (1.49m),
and 800m (2m49.7s), and fourth in the Shot (7.37m).
Another Morpeth Harrier in action in the Under 17 Women’s Pentathlon was Harriet Priest,
who accumulated a total of 2,564 points, to finish fourth in the North East Championship.
Priest’s best result came in the Shot, where she finished third with a best of 8.72m.
Amy Lott of Morpeth finished fourth in the Under 13 Girls North East Championship,
and her best result came in her specialist event the 70m Hurdles, which she won in 11.7s.
She accumulated a total of 1,841 points over the five events.
In the Under 15 Girls Pentathlon, Morpeth’s Megan Winter finished ninth in the regional championship,
with her best result coming from the 75m Hurdles (14.1s).
She accumulated a total of 1,691 points.
As a footnote to the Pentathlon performances, all four Morpeth Harrier athletes now sit
highly in the National Rankings (Power of 10) following their respective achievements.
The event was filled with high quality, attracting athletes from other areas.
All of the Morpeth athletes competing are sprinters, however their performances over all events
were of high standard, including the 800m which was very hard
In all cases they were up against very strong athletes from other regions.
Also incorporated into the day’s competition were the North East Veterans
5000m and 10,000m track championships.
In the 5000m, Morpeth Harrier Paul Bentley was second Over 70 Man, posting a time of 23m09.4s.
Archie Jenkins of Morpeth competed in the 10,000m, finishing as third Over 60 Man in 49m53.9s.