Natalia leaves them trailing to take gold

Hallamshire's Natalia Hackett who ran the race of her life to take the under 15 title. Hackett has run consistently well all season but has been overshadowed by Scarborough's Bronwen Owen who had been unbeaten this year. On Saturday the Hallamshire runner made a break on the second lap with a powerful surge that Owen could not respond to. By the end, Hackett had a 10 second winning margin over Owen with the rest well beaten. With such a fine start,Yorkshire took the silver medals but were not quite strong enough to beat Surrey.
Hallamshire's Natalia Hackett who ran the race of her life to take the under 15 title. Hackett has run consistently well all season but has been overshadowed by Scarborough's Bronwen Owen who had been unbeaten this year. On Saturday the Hallamshire runner made a break on the second lap with a powerful surge that Owen could not respond to. By the end, Hackett had a 10 second winning margin over Owen with the rest well beaten. With such a fine start,Yorkshire took the silver medals but were not quite strong enough to beat Surrey.
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South Yorkshire had two winners and four other medallists at the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead.

South Yorkshire had two winners and four other medallists at the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead.

Natalia Hackett (Sheffield) won the intermediate 3000 metres and Adam Hague (Rotherham) retained his junior pole vault title.

There was no more impressive winner on the track than Hackett. Running the distance for only the third time on the track, the Hallamshire Harrier spreadeagled the field finishing 12 seconds ahead in 9:40.81. Just 15, Hackett is in her first year of the intermediate age group. Her preparation for this event has been ideal, with early season 800 and 1500 metres to develop her speed and two carefully chosen 3000 metre races.

Hague retained his title with ease. His 3.75 winning height was 30 centimetres higher than last year but, with a personal best of 4.10 (indoors) there is no doubt that he would have gone higher if he had needed to.

Ben Shields (Rotherham) won silver in the senior 100 metres. Beaten by Yorkshire rival Jordan Toth, running for West Yorkshire, Shields clocked 10.84 to finish runner up by the narrowest of margins.

Also in the senior age group Jordan Carter (Barnsley) was in top form in the javelin, finishing third with a throw of 62.35.

Adam Khan (Sheffield) won bronze in the intermediate triple jump. He added no less than 36 centimetres to his previous best with a leap of 14.41 to make it two bronze medals in successive years.

The other South Yorkshire medallist was Elliot Payne (Sheffield) in the junior high jump. Payne, a member of Hallamshire, was just a centimetre below his best with 1.84, the same height as the runner up and just three centimetres behind the gold medallist.

Other South Yorkshire finalists - Senior boys: L Ramsay, 4th long jump (7.12); L South, 7th 400 metres (48.84): L Billam, 8th pole vault (3.95).

Intermediate boys: N Cole, 4th pole vault (4.00); A Davies 6th 400 hurdles (56.97). Junior boys: J Small, 5th hammer (44.50).

Senior girls: K Clark, 4th 100 hurdles (14.35), L England, 6th javelin (41.47); S Wilding, 6th shot (9.97); C Hall, 8th 100 metres (12.70).

Intermediate girls: A Bishell, 7th 100 metres (12.17). Junior girls: K Edwards, 6th 100 metres (12.65)

City of Sheffield were without too many of their star performers to make much of an impact in the second round match of the British League Premier Division at Hendon. After holding third place at the halfway stage, they faded to sixth. They are sixth overall with two matches to go, just a bit too close to the relegation zone for comfort.

Northern champion Steve Evison had a fine run for Sheffield in the 800, running from the from and just getting pipped on the line and getting inside 1:50. There were Sheffield B string wins from Ric Beckford in the 110 hurdles (14.87), Tom Grantham, 400 hurdles (53.6) and Roger Skedd, pole vault (4.40).

British League results -

Premier Division at Copthall, Hendon - Match: 1 Newham and Essex 347; 2 Sale Harriers, Manchester 314; 3 Shafsbury Barnet 306; 4 Woodford Green; 5 Birchfield 274; 6 City of Sheffield 229; 7 Enfield and Haringey 217; 8 Cardiff 212

League standings: 1 Sale 13; 2 Birchfield 12 (584); 3 Woodford Green 12 (579); 4 Newham and Essex 11; 5 Shaftsbury Barnet 8 (545); 6 City of Sheffield 8 (511); 7 Enfield and Haringey) 6; 8 Cardiff 2.