England Athletics U/20, U/17 & U/15
PERSONAL BESTS GALORE
At the recent AVIVA England Athletics U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships in Birmingham Sale Harriers' athletes came away with three Gold, one Silver and two bronze medals and many new personal bests.
The gold medals were won by Andrew Sutcliffe and Katie Byres in the Pole vault and Olivia Callaghan in the 60m sprint.
Andrew Sutcliffe won the U20 men's pole vault competition, continuing his fine form of the indoor season, with his second highest jump ever of 5m 30. He currently ranks number two in the world this year at u20 level.
16 year old Katie Byres finished her fantastic indoor season with a flourish. She went up an age group and won the U20 competition with a lifetime best vault of 4m01. This jump not only won the gold but beat fellow Sale harrier Kate Dennison, the current British record holder's 8 year old championship record and is the highest jump of all time by a British under 17 athlete. The day after this competition Katie was selected to represent Great Britain in Moscow in May at the European Youth Olympic trials. If successful in these trials she could represent Europe at the first World Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.
Olivia Callaghan had a great weekend winning the national title in the Girls U17 60m on the Saturday. Olivia improved her personal best three times. In her heat she ran 7.75, in her semi final 7.69 and the final 7.67. Olivia also came 4th in the 200m final the following day breaking her personal best twice. Her father, John and coach Roger Devlin watching in the stands, were delighted for her. Five personal bests in a weekend, well done Olivia!
Five more PBs were broken by Beth Bolton. In winning the silver medal in the U15 Girls 60m hurdles Beth improved her PB twice to 9.24 and in winning the bronze in the U15 girls 200m she broke another two Pbs improving her personal best to 25.82 seconds. Although not medalling in the U15 girl 60m she again lowered her best time.
Two more personal bests, this time by Rebekah Wilson helped her to win the bronze medal in the U20 women's 60m sprint.
Other Sale athletes competing were Rayne Allman (U20 Hurdles),Brogan Crowley (U17 300m and a new PB in the U17 60m hurdles), Elin Jones (two new PBs in U15 60m & 5th in the final), Victor Ne-Yu (U20 60m), Callum Roughneen (U17 200m & 4th in the final), Chris Mc Gahan (U17 800m & 5th in final with two PB's), Greg Appleby (Equalled his PB in the U17 Pole vault & finished 4th in final), Molly Cockburn (U17 Triple Jump) and Charlotte Dickinson (U17 Shot). Finally, Chloe Jones ran the U17 60m
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57