A round-up of the action at the Northern, Southern and Midland Counties Track and Field Championships
Hayley Jones took the Northern Senior 200m title in a superb 23.66 at Sportcity while Alex Smith’s 68.63 hammer throw was the pick of the performances in the field events, as Stephen Green reports.
World 4x100m bronze medallist Jones – pictured above, centre, with relay teammates in Moscow – was quickly out of her blocks and three metres up on 100m champion Louise Bloor.
The Wigan and District sprinter maintained her form in the straight, going on to equal her season’s best, finishing two tenths ahead of the Trafford athlete.
Jones is targeting both Commonwealth Games and European selection this year.
The 100m saw a superb win for Anthony Ransford over Luke Giblin in 10.72. Elliot Hurley was only one hundredth slower in taking the junior title ahead of Reece Sims.
Rachael Bamford, another Glasgow hopeful for the steeplechase, enjoyed a useful speed workout with an 800m and 1500m double victory.
Richard Weir took the the 1500m title in 3:43.71, edging out Harry Harper. Steve Evison was an impressive winner of the 800m.
Adam Harvey, was another young Wigan athlete displaying impressive form, held off the challenge of Tim Burn to take the 400m in 47.84.
Sheffield multi-eventer Karla Drew also was among the top-performers of the weekend with a 13.68 100m hurdles win.
Sprinters catch the eye at the Midland Championships
Bristol and West AC’s 19-year old sprinter Chris Stone undoubtedly produced the performance of the weekend when the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham once again hosted the two-day Midland Counties Track and Field Championships, reports Tom McCook.
The teenager improved his career best performance by approaching three tenths of a second when he stopped the clock at 20.92 to win the junior men’s 200m title. As well as smashing Somto Eruchie’s nine-year-old championship best performance, it almost books Stone’s place on the plane for next month’s World Junior Championships in Oregon. Stone also won the junior men’s 100m on Saturday in another PB of 10.45.
Mark Lewis Francis won the senior title in 10.5 after winning his heat in 10.44 seconds, while Birmingham Running Club’s Portuguese sprinter David Lima dipped under the 21 seconds mark by the slender margin of just one hundredth of a second when he took the senior men’s 200m title in 20.99 seconds. Emma Wiltshire won the senior women’s 100m, while Hazel Le Cornu took the 400m title.
Kieran Daly among winners at Southern Champs
While most of the sprint events saw three rounds, the 800m and 1500m races were all run as straight finals at the Southern Championships, writes Martin Duff.
There were a few bright spots as Kieran Daly took the men’s 100m in 10.28 seconds, albeit with a following wind. There were good sprint doubles from U20 winners Marvin Popoola and Finette Agyapong.
Men’s 400m hurdles winner James Forman looked to be set for his first sub 50 run but had to be content with a 50.53 victory as he retained his title. There was also a good junior sprint hurdles win for Rushane Thomas in 13.69.
In the field, an under-20 championship best for Windsor’s Taylor Campbell in the hammer was among the highlights.
» See Thursday’s AW for more in-depth coverage of each of the three meetings