Track and Field News, 9-14 June

There were gold medals for Mollie Courtney, Mia O’Connell and Sophie Yorke as Cheltenham Harriers athletes claimed a total of seven medals at the Midland Championships in Birmingham. For the under 20 women it was a tremendous day with Courtney and Yoke collecting four medals between them and each receiving a call-up to represent England (Midlands) under 20 team at the Welsh International at the end of July. Both competed in two events and early in the day they lined up against each other in the 100m hurdles. Courtney won the gold medal in 14.06 seconds and Yorke took bronze in 14.47 seconds. For Yorke it was a big personal best that took her to sixth on the national under 20 rankings in which Courtney lies second. The girls went their separate ways for their second events. Yorke followed up her performance at Lee Valley on Wednesday, where she recorded a wind-assisted 12.11 seconds, with a win in the 100m dipping below 12 seconds for the first time with an impressive 11.95 clocking. Courtney claimed her second gold in the high jump with a height of 1.60m. Both girls now look forward to the England U20 Championships and European Trials in Bedford next weekend.

There was also a gold medal for Mia O’Connell in the women’s 800m as lowered her personal best to 2:11.82 whist James Miller finished fourth in the men’s 800m in a time of 1:56.82. In the women’s 100m final Samantha Griffiths claimed the silver medal with a time of 12.36s, which equals her PB. This was followed up with a bronze medal and another sub 26 second clocking in the 200m final with a time of 25.96s. Jeremy Drackett came fourth in his 100m heat with a new personal best time of 11.14s, narrowly missing a place in the men’s final. He then ran a PB of 22.42s to finish third in his 200m heat before recording 22.51s to finish fourth in the final. Earlier in the week Dan Owen recorded 3:57.11 for ninth place in the B race at BMC Gold Standard race in Manchester whilst James Miller won the 800m at the Police Championship in Cardiff in 2:02.60.