Emily in great form to land sprint double at Avon Championships
By The Bristol Post | Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 05:00
EMILY Wright took full advantage of the favourable sprinting conditions to claim two gold medals in the Avon Schools' Track & Field Championships.
Representing South Gloucestershire, Wright, who is a member of Yate & District AC, scorched to victory in the junior girls' 100m in a sparkling time of 12.18secs, though sadly it won't count as an official best as the performance was aided by a huge following wind of 5.8mps.
Wright added the junior girls' 200m, aided by 5.7mps, in another red-hot time of 25.44secs, to finish over two seconds clear of the field.
South Gloucestershire's Ollie Mayhew was also a double sprints winner in the junior boys' 100m and 200m, while Bristol's Ben Watt did likewise in the inter boys' age group.
In the senior boys, Tom Pontin sprinted to double gold in the 100m and 200m, while Callum Court survived the tricky conditions to lead the pole vault, before the event was abandoned due to the high winds and torrential rain.
In the inter girls, South Gloucestershire's Ellie Winfield won the 100m and 300m events and there were very comfortable wins for Joanne Taylor (800m) and Miranda Sadler (1500m).
North Somerset's Francesca Allen continued her good season with victory in the shot.
The junior girls 800m was a cracking race. Sophie Nash hit the front from the start, with Jess Monks and Emma Jones close behind, and the three girls opened a big gap over the rest of the field. In a thrilling finish, Monks overhauled tiring leader Nash, with Jones in third.
Ellie Wallace won a competitive junior girls' 1500m race from Ellie Leather, while Floren Scrafton won the senior girls race with an impressive performance in the conditions, which ensured all middle-distance times were much slower than normal.
The leading performers will now go on to represent Avon at the South West Schools' Championships in Exeter on Saturday.