England top team standings at Loughborough International Athletics meet ahead of the hosts
Two UK junior records, a host of Commonwealth qualifiers and PBs and signs of some frenetic battles to come this summer added extra heat to a sun-kissed Loughborough International on Sunday, reports Mark Woods.
In the team standings, England took overall victory ahead of hosts Loughborough with GB Juniors in third.
Heptathlon prodigy Morgan Lake arguably provided the standout showing of the traditional curtain raiser with victory in the high jump.
The 17-year-old delivered a best effort of 1.93m to smash the UK junior mark before failing in an attempt to capture the global record.
“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” she said. “My training this week has been ok, nothing amazing. I’m not really sure how far I can go. I wasn’t thinking of 1.93.”
Lake followed that up with fifth in a long jump competition won by Jazmin Sawyers with 6.29m, the multi-eventer leaping a best of 6.06m.
Wales’ David Omoregie also set a UK record with 13.23 in the 110m hurdles which also leaves him fifth on the all-time world junior list.
Dina Asher-Smith smashed her personal best in surging to top spot in the 100m with the 18-year-old running 11.20 to overhaul Jodie Williams and go second behind her in the UK junior all-time rankings.
There was a similar step forward for European junior champion Chijindu Ujah who clocked a 10.17 PB in his 100m.
Joe Dunderdale threw 76.17m in the javelin, adding 29cm to his previous best.
There was also joy for James Campbell in third, as the Scot – in only his third competition in three years – sneaked over the Commonwealth standard with 70.01m on his final attempt.
Also on the comeback trail, 2008 Olympic fourth-place javelin thrower and UK record-holder Goldie Sayers – who was competing for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic Games having missed 2013 with injury – threw a best of 62.03m to win the women’s event.
» See next week’s AW, out May 22, for in-depth reports, pictures and results from Loughborough