Cheltenham Harrier’s 100m hurdlers Mollie Courtney and Sophie Yorke will both compete at the Loughborough International this Sunday as part of their preparations to qualify for international competitions in July. Courtney received the call-up to represent the Great Britain under 20 team on Monday while studying in the Hartpury College Library. She commented “I am so excited to be selected to represent a British Team for the first time.” Courtney’s selection followed an impressive run at the Brewer Memorial Games which sent her to the top of the UK rankings for the age group with a season’s best of 14.05 seconds. She added “This is the next in a number of competitions in the lead up to the trials for the European Junior Championships. Hopefully the conditions will be good as I am looking to break 14 seconds and get closer to the British Athletics entry standard for the Euro Juniors of 13.70s.“
Yorke will compete in the under 18 age group after an impressive run at the Loughborough Students BUCS Trials and Open a couple of weeks ago where she finished fifth in 14.04 seconds despite the wet and very windy conditions. The Dave Warner coached athlete is aiming to gain qualification for the World Youth Championships in July and could also be considered for the Commonwealth Youth Games in September. Yorke commented “ I felt my first ever hurdles race over 100m was ok but I have been working with my coach to identify where further improvements can be made and I hope to run sub 14 seconds pretty soon and close in on the entry standard of 13.80 seconds.” For both Courtney and Yorke the international competitions are a once in a lifetime opportunity as they progress through the age-groups. Both have the qualification standard set by the international meeting organisers but the British Athletics selection standards are somewhat tougher based on the expectation of a top eight finish.