Mollie Courtney set Cheltenham Harriers indoor high and long jump records as she finished twelfth in the England under 17 women’s Pentathlon Championship in Sheffield. After clocking 9.19 seconds in her speciality 60m hurdles, at which she is ranked fourth in the national rankings,the fifteen year old produced a clearance of 1.63m in the high jump. This height, which was only bettered by one athlete, also gave Courtney a Cheltenham Harriers women’s indoor record as well as the under 17 and under 20 record marks and moves her up to eleventh in the UK rankings for her age group. Further personal bests of 6.86m in the shot and 4.93m in the long jump followed before a 2:58.95 clocking in the 800m saw her finish with a score 2883 points.
In the under 17 men’s hepathlon Linton Gardiner was in silver medal position before injury forced him to withdraw from the event after five of the seven events. The opening day saw the fifteen year old run a 60m pb of 7.75 seconds before recording 5.30m in the long jump. A shot pb of 11.48m and a 1.81m clearance in the high jump saw him end the day in third place. On the second day Gardiner moved up to joint second place after setting a 60m hurdles pb of 8.61 seconds but injury forced him to withdraw and miss the final two events.
In the under 15 pentathon Ellie Wanklyn came 27th with 2059 points from a 60m hurdles pb of 10.07, a 4.00m long jump, a 8.90m shot pb, a 1.24m clearance in the high jump and a time of 3:14.20 in the 800m.