Grimsby Harriers girls catch the eye with some quality displays
TWO young Grimsby Harriers starlets have been turning heads with some eye-catching performances.
Aimee Knight and Molly-Anne Welton have been in great form in what has been a busy two weeks of track and field action for the club's athletes.
In the final meeting of the Lincolnshire League, Knight, in the Under-13 girls' category, had a fantastic day by achieving the AAA National Standard and the Common Standards Scheme benchmark in all three of her events.
They included a grade two high jump (top 15 per cent of UK performance) and grade four 100m and 200m (top 65 per cent in the UK).
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She leapt to 1.35m in the high jump, came third in the 200m in 30.4 seconds and finished fourth in the 100m with 14.5 seconds.
Others in action included: Lucy Gash (Under-13 girls', mile, 6.31.7); Emma Brown (Under-17 ladies' 200m, 28.0; 100m 13.6; triple jump 7.92m); Elizabeth Lake (Under-17 ladies, triple jump 9.06; high jump 1.45m; 200m 29.8); Miguel Plaatjies (Under-17 men, 200m 25.7; 400m 55.3; 800m, 2.15.2); Jean-Louis Plaatjies (U20 men, high jump 1.55m; 400m 55.0; 200m 25.3); Richard Burgess (javelin); Betty Gash (javelin and shot).
Meanwhile, Knight was also delighted to represent Humberside in a 70m hurdles B race at Grantham. It was part of a match against Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Leicester & Rutland, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
She ran a controlled race and finished fifth in 13.1.
Molly-Anne Welton attended the York Open on Saturday and turned in a super display.
The nine-year-old got off to a good start in the Under-11 girls' 600m. She led all the way, but was just pipped at the post into second place.
She clocked a personal best by three seconds in a brilliant time of 1.59.0 – achieving her target for this year of breaking the two-minute barrier.
She was presented with her silver medal by Great Britain international 400m runner Richard Buck, who was born in Grimsby and brought up in York.
At the same meeting, Henry Cullen (Under-11 boys), also performed well.
There were some encouraging displays from the Harriers in the Kingston Upon Hull Open.
Welton, Elliott Lomas, Henry Cullen, Emily Barratt, Jaron Lomas all acquitted themselves well.
Barratt and Welton (Under-11 girls) and Cullen (Under-11 boys) also competed at the Wakefield Open.
Barratt had consistent performances in the 80m (14th, 13.6), 600m (8th, 2.20.3) and shot putt (8th, 3.90m).
Cullen was just short of his personal bests with 13.5 in the 80m (16th) and 2.07.4 in the 600m (6th). Welton had a good win in the 600m in 2.02.4, and was also solid in the long jump (2.77m) and shot putt (3.11m).