Athletics: Sheffield stay in hunt to survive

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A superb performance by City of Sheffield gave them second place in the third British League (Premier Division) match at Don Valley on Saturday. After the first two matches they were in seventh place and facing relegation. They are now fifth with a good chance of staying in the top-flight.

City of Manchester (Sale) won the match overtaking Shaftsbury Barnet as league leaders with one tie to go.

The best Sheffield performance came from Luke Cutts in the pole vault. Cutts cleared 5.61 for a new league record, his best ever outdoors and just a centimetre shy of his best indoor mark set four years ago.

South Yorkshire athletes won three gold medals, two silver and a bronze at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham at the weekend.

Sheffield’s Nikita Campbell-Smith, a talented all rounder, set the ball rolling with victory in the senior girls triple jump on the first day with a leap of 12.40. Adam Khan (Sheffield) repeated the performance in the senior boys event.

The third gold came in the junior girls age group 100m through Billy Jo Harris (Sheffield).