Sprint and Hurdles News, 20-21 June

Two fine performances produced the Silver medal for Mollie Courtney in the 100m hurdles at the England under 20 Championships and European Trials. Even the qualifying heat was tightly contested as the Cheltenham Harrier strove to record a qualifying time for the European Junior Championships in July. Finishing in second place, Courtney was just 0.01 seconds outside her PB with a 13.88 clocking. With the second heat being slower, she was the second fastest athlete going into the final. In the final the Dave Warner coached athlete showed technical mastery over the hurdles from start to finish and recorded her fastest time ever over the 10 barriers – 13.70 seconds – equalling the qualification mark, but unfortunately the wind had increased above the legal limit for qualification purposes. The seventeen year old was delighted with her silver medal, “There’s another chance to record a legal time” she said, referring to the British Championships in July.

In the under 20 100m Sophie Yorke produced some consistent results to follow on from her Midlands Championships victory last weekend. Having been involved in some close finishes this season her heat was no exception where she was awarded the fourth spot in 12.03 seconds, the same time as third place and 0.01 seconds behind second place. Yorke still qualified for the semi-final as a fastest loser where she finished fifth, just missing out on a place in the final, in 12.13 seconds into a headwind. Over ten days the Gloucestershire champion has recorded three legal and 1 wind assisted runs below her 2014 PB and is looking to run sub-12 seconds again at the English Schools Championships in July.