Athletics: Edwards eyes up National success

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Rotherham pupil and City of Sheffield athlete Kristie Edwards is looking to succeed on a national level after breaking two county sprint records at the Yorkshire County Championships.

After three successful years at the County levels, Kristie is aiming to step up her progress in the up-and-coming National competitions with the English Schools and UK school games as well as the AAAs in Bedford later this year.

Competing in the U17 womens 100 & 200 meter sprints last weekend, Kristie blew away the competition and made it a treble after she had also taken the gold medals in the two events in the past two years. She can put the accolade side-by-side with her indoor Northern title she has also held for the past three years.

Kristie, a pupil at Rotherham’s Wickersley Sports College, stormed through the heats of the 200m in a time of 24.35 seconds - beating the previous record of 24.6 seconds been held by Karen Buck for the past 33 years.

Watched by a full stand at the Dorothy Hymen track in Cudworth, Barnsley, Kristie ran a time of 11.97 In the 100 metres to clinch the gold medal. It was a new Yorkshire County record, beating the previous best set in 1983.