Teens take medal haul at county events

Athlete Heather Cooke (w130604-2c)
Athlete Heather Cooke (w130604-2c)

A trio of local teenage athletes have taken podium places in county championships over the last two weekends.

All three of the youngsters attend Queen Elizabeth High School, and did the town proud with their performances.

First up was Heather Cooke, running in the Lincolnshire County Championships on 17th May, and she was unstoppable on the day.

In all three events she entered, she crossed the line in first place.

Cooke now holds the title of county champion at Under 17 level for 300m hurdles, 80m hurdles and 300m.

She won the 300m hurdles in 45.9, the 80m hurdles in 13 seconds and the 300 in 42.9.

Dad Gary said she didn’t run to her full potential, but was thrilled to take three victories.

“She had little competition in the 300m events and won each easily,” he said.

“In the 80m hurdles her time was the same as another athlete but she was awarded 1st place ‘on the dip’.

“Her times were not outstanding but there was a strong breeze against on the home straight and her training has been heavily curtailed due to GCSE revision and exams.”

“Nonetheless, she is obviously delighted to be a three time county champion.”

Cooke was back on track in Cleethorpes on Monday, running a season’s best in the 8m hurdles of 12.6 seconds.

She won the 200m hurdles in a personal best of 30,4, and finished second in the 100m in a time of 13.5.

Her schoolmates Emily Strickland and David Jenkins were involved in the Humberside Championships on Saturday 24th May at Hull, both in Under 15 events.

Strickland won three medals, taking gold in both the 100m and the 200m, and bronze in the 75m hurdles.

Her times were 12.8 seconds, 26.2 and 13 respectively.

Jenkins also brought a hat-trick of medals home from the competition, earning silver in the long jump with 5.2m, and bronze in the 100m and 200m.

His race times were 12.3 seconds and 25.1.