England U23/u20 European Trials
The England U23 and U20 Championships took place at the weekend in the traditional venue of Bedford international stadium. It doubled as the European Trials with several club members hoping to catch the eye of the selectors. For many this national Championship is the pinnacle of their summer and this year some best performances were frustrated by strong winds and torrential rain. Nevertheless, Sale produced several fantastic performances and medallists. The club heartily congratulations all of them.
Abi Fitzpatrick is rightly 'over the moon' to have become the U23 UK 400m hurdle champion and it was so nice she dedicated her victory to her dad for Father's Day because "without him I wouldn't be where I am today". Another person rightly over the moon is Kirsten Mc Aslan who took the U23 400m title just a few days after it was announced she'd been selected for her first senior GB vest to run the 4 x 400m relay in the Europa Cup. The club's pole vaulters had a great weekend with Andy Sutcliffe winning the U23 national men's title; Katie Byres the U23 women's title and Sarah Mc Keever winning the U20 silver medal. Other national title holders and gold medallists were Natasha Wilson in the U20 Javelin and Chris Baker in the U23 high jump.
There were many other fine performances on this national stage. The increasingly faster Roy Ejiakuekwu ran a lifetime best of 10.40 with a wind of just 2.1 helping to secure the U20 100m silver medal. He's already qualified for the sprint relays at the European Championships. Lisa James jumped over 12 metres again in the triple jump, her 12.14 winning the silver medal. Just one centimetre behind was U17 Amy Williams who jumped over 12 metres for the first time. It's especially exciting that this young girl who's in only her first year in the U17 category should win the U20 bronze medal. Imani Modahl also won U20 bronze in 3000m steeple chase in a PB of 12.15.15.
There were several other lifetime best performances that must be applauded. Rebekah Wilson in the U23 100m (11.77), Callum Roughneen in the U20 400m (47.85), Aimee Pratt in the U20 1500m (4:47.14) and Lamiko Thomas in the U20 200m (23:49).
Posted 19/06/2013 12:45