Updated: Jan 12
The South of England Indoor Age Group Championships offered squad members the opportunity to secure yet more National Indoor Qualifying standards.
The competition at Lee Vallety Athletics Centre was an especially rewarding one for U15 Chisom Nwafor. Chisom already had the marks for both the Long Jump and the Shot. On Saturday she added to this tally with impressive debuts at both 60m Hurdes and 60m.
In the hurdles her first ever racing attempt was clocked at 9.81 secs well inside the 10.5 secs standard, This also qualified her for the semi finals as one the fastest losers.
She gained immensely from the first round experience and smashed her time in the semis to record 9.60 secs and earn a place in the Final. Here she had to settle for a more modest 9.70 secs with the first round of the 60m less than an hour away. With three races already in her legs her sole goal for the 60m was to achieve a National qualifying standard. This she did in fine style winning her heat convincingly to qualify for the semis in 8.11 secs.
Desola Omonijo has only just moved into the U15 age group and she was also chasing the elusive 8.50 secs target. Twice she has gone close setting a PB on New Years Day of 8,54 secs. On Saturday she made no mistake hitting the 8.50 secs mark precisely to earn a slot in Sheffield at the end of February.
Already safe for Sheffield, Abby Nasquelier made a strong return to competition running a seasons best of 8.42 secs to qualify for the semi finals of the U17 60m Hurdles,