Andy Heyes (Hallamshire), third in the National Cross Country recently, was again outstanding finishing fourth in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Birmingham on Saturday.
Former Rotherham runner Jon Thewlis (Notts AC) was seventh giving Yorkshire a superb start but no other Yorkshire runner made the top 50 and Yorkshire just missed out on team medals finishing fourth.
Hallamshire’s Rob Little finished 95th.
The Yorkshire women’s team did superbly to win their team race, led by Wakefield’s track international Charlene Thomas who finished fourth.
Rotherham’s Laura Spence was Yorkshire’s fourth counter in 27th place whilst Julia Jagger (Hallamshire), although outside the scoring six, ran well for 39th place.
At junior (under 20) level Yorkshire were silver medallists in the men’s race Bertie Houghton (Doncaster) and Tom Bains (Hallamshire) playing important parts with 20th and 21st positions respectively. The Yorkshire under 15 boys team were also silver medallists with Cameron Bell (Hallamshire) excelling in 11th place and Rotherham’s Joe Massingham, the all-important fourth counter, finishing 23rd.
The Yorkshire under 17 men’s team were bronze medallists, James Gormley (City of Sheffield) leading them home in eleventh place whilst the under 15 girls team were also third.
Alice Moore (Barnsley AC) played an important part finishing 26th.
Not surprisingly, Yorkshire won the trophy for the best overall performance. The best individual performance from a Yorkshire runner came in the under 13 girls race where Tilly Simpson (Hallamshire) crowned an excellent season with third place.
There was disappointment for pole vaulter Luke Cutts (Dearne ALC) in the World Indoor Championships in Poland at the weekend.
Going into the event as the highest ranked athlete, he could not reproduce his British record form of 6.53, finishing eighth with his 5.65 clearance.
Mukhtar Mohammed, left, (Sheffield RC) and Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield0 went out in the heats of the 800 and 1500 metres respectively.