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Davis and Harries make England team.

Two Sussex athletes have joined Grace Baker on the “Major Games” scene but they have to wait until September for their England vests.

Brighton Phoenix athletes Archie Davis and Toby Harries have been selected to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games at Samoa between the 5th and 11th of September.

Patcham High School athlete Davis has been selected for the 1,500m while Brighton College’s Toby Harries has been chosen for the 200 metres and may well appear in the relay.

Katie and Beth lead at Reading.

Katie Garland (Bexhill) and Beth Croker (Hurst) lead the way after the first day of the South East Schools Combined Events championships at Reading.

Competing in the Senior girls (U19) heptathlon Garland has clocked 15.1s for the 100 hurdles, leapt 1.66m in the high jump, putt the shot 8.94m and clocked 25.5s for the 200 metres has totalled 2,883 on this opening day while Crocker, with 15.6s, a PB of 1.69m, 9.91m and 26.7s is not that far behind with 2,817 points.

A hectic weekend for Youngsters

The accent this weekend is very much on the younger element of the sport with competitions on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Babies take pride of price on Saturday when the Sussex under 13 and Quads Kids Championships take place at Withdean including the U15 and U17 3,000 metre championships which are being held early in the afternoon and entries for these two events will be accepted on the day.

Baker makes G.B. Junior team

The first tranche of the Great Britain junior team for the European Championships at Eskilstuna, Sweden next month and been announced with Hastings athlete Grace Baker the only Sussex athlete in this first batch.

Baker has been selected for the 5,000 metres where she recently placed second in the Trials race at Manchester.

Clocking 16:19.66s Baker lifted herself to sixth place on the Sussex All Time list and nationally she now places 20th, just one place behind Paula Radcliffe.

Good Weekend for Sussex Athletes at Bedford.

There were gold medals for Charlie Grice and Ryan Driscoll and several minor medals for other Sussex athletes in the wind and rain swept English U20/23 Championships at Bedford over the weekend, which also doubled as the “Trials” for various Major Games.

Y.D.L Lower Age Group matches

There were mixed fortunes in the third round of the Lower Age Groups in the Youth Development Southern Area League on Sunday.

In Premier Two Crawley, who lost their previous match because the home club failed to book the track, had a nail-biting match and actually finished up in sixth team place having won the season’s opening match back in April.

Crawley however had some fine results in the U13 age group with Abigail Packham recording a fine hurdles/high jump double with 11.93s and 1.40m having only tried high jumping at training the previous week.

Fine Sprint doubles - UPDATE

Despite the strength of opposition, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire, there were several impressive performances from the Sussex youngsters in the Inter-County Schools match at Erith on Saturday.
There was a particularly impressive sprint double from Alyssa White in the junior age group with winning performances of 12.41 and 25.78s while in the same age group Natasha Purchas was again over 3.05m to win the pole vault.

Gold Rush for Sussex Athletes at the Southern Championships

In one of the county’s best performances in recent years, Sussex athletes stormed to victory after victory, and many podium places, at last weekend’s South of England Championships at a windy Lee Valley. Worthing’s Emma Macready raced to honours in the 3000m steeplechase, moving into the lead with 1000m to go and never relinquishing it. Macready ran a personal best (PB) and smashed the previous Championship record by almost five seconds with a time of 10:26.78. Perhaps the most emphatic victory of the day was that of Phoenix’s Billy White in the U20 steeplechase.

High Standards and Records at Crawley

Probably the best supported Sussex Schools Track and Field championships for at least a decade, produced several championships records and more than thirty English Schools standards to add to the 61 that had been recorded before the Championships.

Many of these were duplicates but the selectors will have a serious problem, not only whittling down the standards to the team limit of just 60, but even more explaining to disappointed parents and athletes who have not made the squad.

The wind was a little blustery but generally not helpful to the competitors.

Sussex Schools Clash with South of England Championsips

Many of the leading Senior (U19) athletes will be missing from Saturday’s Sussex Schools Championships as they will be contesting the South of England U20 championships, which are being held in conjunction with the Senior Championships at Lee Valley.

Traditionally the County Schools championships are held on the second Saturday of June and, as last year, it comes rather late in the month where a clash should not really be unavoidable.

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