City of York Athletic Club closed in on second place in North of England Track and Field League Division 1 after another consistent display at Wigan.
York matched their third-place finishes from the opening two rounds, but are now within six match points of second-placed West Cheshire.
The club’s women led the way with a total of nine victories, while the men contributed five. Christina Nick bagged an A-String double, with wins in the discus (45.52m) and shot put (13.44). Sarah Parsons showed her versatility with a hat-trick of B-String successes in the hammer (36.71), discus (40.82) and shot (11.50). Charlotte Stamp demonstrated her one-lap prowess by winning the A-String 400m (58.9secs) and 400m hurdles (63.9) in style. York also claimed a 100m hurdles double, thanks to Chelsea Walker (14.0) and Josie Parry (17.3) in their respective A and B races. Women’s team manager Becky Wilkinson completed a demanding A-String triple bill of the 800m (2mins 18.5secs) 1,500m (5.07.4) and 3,000m (11.52.0), finishing third, fourth and second respectively. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Stamp, Ruth Brandon, Wilkinson and Walker finished just 0.6secs off the club record when finishing second in 4.05.7.
British shot put champion Scott Lincoln eased to victory in the men’s A-String contest, where his 18.25m effort was further than the 17.82m distance he needed to win the national title. City’s men also won both the 400m hurdles races, with Ben Schofield (62.3) and Jack Spence (63.9) taking the A and B spoils. Ben Schofield clocked 11.39.2 to win the B-String 3,000m steeplechase, while his brother Josh went second in the club’s under 20 5,000m rankings when finishing runner-up in 15.38.9.
Round 3 results: 1 Wigan 6 (411 match pts); 2 City of Sheffield 5 (383); 3 York 4 (364); 4 Preston 3 (353); 5 Wakefield 2 (332); 6 West Cheshire 1 (332).
Standings: 1 Wigan 15 (1,159.5); 2 West Cheshire 12 (1,097); 3 York 12 (1,091); 4 Wakefield 10 (1,051); 5 City of Sheffield 8 (923.5); 6 Preston 6 (963).