Wallasey's team in the 19th annual North West Youth Athletic Festival came away from Kirkby with the J. R. Jones Championship Cup for boys last Saturday, having scored 60 points to Blackburn's 53 pts.
With Warrington in 3rd place with 52 pts.; St. Helens wee 4th (47 pts.), Liverpool 5th (22 pts.) and Southport 6th and last with 2 points. Amongst many fine performances, perhaps the most creditable were a 20ft. 6ins. Winning long jump by C. Dickinson, 5ft. 8ins. In the high jump by R. Ellis, A. Lane's 100 yds in 11.0 secs., A. Child's 57.4 secs. for the 440 yards and a superb senior relay in 46.3 secs. in which slick baton changing was a feature.
Other notable performances were recorded by P. King who was placed 2nd in the senior long jump with 19ft. 9ins., J. Watkins, who ran 2nd in the senior 100 yards with 11.1 (10.8 in his heat), only 6 minutes after being placed 2nd in the 220 final in which he did 24.2 secs. with B. Scott 3rd in 24.7.
D. Lockley and S. Sharp were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the junior mile with 4 mins. 43.3 secs. and 4:52.2, whilst in the field events D. Wooton was 2nd in the junior discus with 109ft. 11ins. And a similar placing was gained by K. Johnson, who had a high jump of 5ft.
In the throws D. Roberts was 3rd in the junior shot with 35ft. 5ins., whilst C. Hillaker and R. Faulkner were both placed 3rd in the discus and javelin with 101ft. 11ins. And 117ft. 9ins. Respectively.
Wallasey girls could not match the all-round strength of the boys and in the Lord Derby Championship Cup for girls they finished 4th behind Blackburn (21 pts.), Liverpool (18 pts.) St. Helens (17 pts.), with Warrington 5th (8 pts.) and Southport 6th (4 pts.).
In the finals of the track events only Lorna Swift managed a place in the first three when she ran 3rd in the 150 yds. with 18.7 secs.
Most of the girls points were scored in the field events where A. M. Sheridan jumped 4ft. 6ins. To take 2nd place in the high jump, the same height as the winner whilst D. Home took 2nd place in the discus (80ft. 1in,) and S. Elliot was 3rd in the javelin with 74ft, 61/2ins., a relay team who were timed at 54.6 secs.
W.A.C. youths make their inaugural attempt at 'lifting' the one mile team event at the Eccles Civic Sports today. The team will be L. Watcham, J. Jones, R. Kay, and D. Lockley and they will be ably supported in the sprint events by A. Watkins and M. Teahan. Training continues, and new members will be welcomed at club headquarters on Monday and Tuesday evenings 7-9 or at the same time at Lingham Park on Thursday evenings, whilst those not competing on Saturday afternoons will find the club house open between 2 and 5 p.m.