Athletics: Mukhtar Mohammed fifth in first outdoor run this year

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Mukhtar Mohammed (Sheffield RC) finished fifth in the 800 metres at the Prefontaine Classic meeting at Eugene, USA, in a time of 1:46.74.

It was Mohammed’s first competitive race of the year outdoors and his time puts him second behind Andrew Osagie in this year’s UK rankings.

In the Bedford International meeting Adam Hague (Dearne ALC) won the pole vault in 4.95 without being seriously challenged.

City of Sheffield were impressive winners of the second round in the UK Young athletes (Lower age) League on Saturday.

Competing in the Northern Premier 2 at Doncaster, the Sheffield team finished well clear of runners up Harrogate to take a commanding lead at the halfway stage.

As expected, Billie Jo Harris won a sprint double in the under 15 age group, winning the 100 (12.5) and 200 (25.3). An even bigger points scorer for Sheffield was Frances Ventour in the under 13 section. She won the 75 metres (10.5), the 150 metres (20.6) and then took the long jump with a leap of 4.24. Not content with that, she was part of the Sheffield winning relay team.

There were also wins for Sheffield twin sisters Brodie Jones in the under 15 300 metres (43.1) and Bronte in the discus (33.07)

Other Sheffield A string winners were:

Under 15 Boys

Long Jump: D Bell 5.61

High Jump: K Walker 1.60

Javelin: E Dai 31.54

Under 13 Boys

800: I Rushworth 2:25.1

High Jump: J Oliver 1.38

Shot: S Eccles 8.83

Under 15 Girls

800: E Simpson 2:18.7

1500: A Garcia 5:01.9

Under 13 Girls

High Jump: H Slide 1.32

Match score: 1 City of Sheffield 565.5; 2 Harrogate 448.5; 3 North Cumbria 424.5; 4 Doncaster AC 416; 5 Kingston upon Hull 404.5; 6 City of York 377

League standings: 1 Sheffield 12; 2 Harrogate 10; 3 Doncaqster and North Cumbria 7; 5 Hull 4; 6 York 2

City of Sheffield Decathlete John Lane finished 12th in the Gotzis International, Austria, over the weekend. Although his score of 7846 was outside his personal best, it was an encouraging performance by Lane whose weekend included three best performances in the 10 disciplines. He got off to a superb start winning the 100 metres in a personal best time of 10.71 and got another best in the hurdles in 14.43.

A superb 7.34 was a personal best long jump and there were other performances close to his best during the two days of intense competition .

In a British Milers Club meeting at Manchester on Saturday Andy Heyes finished fourth in the 1500 metres in 3:43.02, more than a second inside his previous best for the distance.