Kristie breaks records in sprint double

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In a meeting where the younger athletes tended to outshine the seniors, Kristie Edwards was outstanding in the Yorkshire Championships at Cudworth.

The City of Sheffield athlete retained both sprint titles in the under 17 age group and it both cases set new championship records.

On the first day she ran 24.35 to smash the 200 metre record which has been unassailable for 33 years. She came back on the second day to beat the 30-year- old 100 metre record with a time of 11.97.

Another long-standing record to go was the junior men’s 100 metres where Ben Shields (City of Sheffield) ran 10.55 in his heat and marginally slower (10.60) to win the final.

Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes made a valiant effort in the 1500 metres, but was outsprinted by Leeds City’s Nick Hooker. Heyes, back in the UK for three months from his studies at Tulsa, USA, came back on the second day to run the 800 but Hooker won again from defending champion Rhian Hastey (Rotherham) with Heyes taking bronze.

Sheffield’s Jamie Williamson, discus winner and shot runner up last year, went one better this time with two wins with distances of 17.05 and 51.86.