Kristie’s England call-up

Kristie Edwards won silver at the English Schools Championships
Kristie Edwards won silver at the English Schools Championships
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Talented sprinter Kirstie Edwards ended up a winner after all despite missing out on a national title by the narrowest of margins.

The 15-year-old Rotherham pupil - who runs for City of Sheffield AC - got an England call-up after her weekend’s performances at the English Schools Athletics Championships at Birmingham’s Alexandra Stadium.

Kristie, who goes to Wickersley School, won a bronze medal in the 100 metres 12 months ago and she started in impressive fashion when powering through her heat to win it.

She did likewise in the semi-final, winning that one as well.

The heat was on in the roasting conditions when she lined up with the best young talent in the country in her age group in the televised afternoon final.

The crowd raised the roof as Kristie battled with all her might at the head of the pack but on the line she was pipped by Surrey’s Imani Lansiquot by the narrowest of margins - 200ths of a second.

Despite missing gold by the slimmest of margins, Kirstie was thrilled with her performance and silver medal. But little did she know that things were only going to get even better.

Late that afternoon, Kristie got a call to the English Schools Athletics Association officials’ office where she was given the news she had been selected to represent her country, in the intermediate age group, in a schools international in Dublin on July 20.

Now Kristie is back in training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in preparation for the event and for other future national meetings she is entered for in the coming weeks.

South Yorkshire won four golds at Birmingham.

Nikita Campbell-Smith won 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. Khan, runner up last year, won 15.19.

The third gold came in through Billy Jo Harris (Sheffield AC) who took the junior girls 100m title in 12.31. Double Yorkshire champion, Harris was also in the South Yorkshire relay team which won the title in 48.66.

South Yorkshire were denied the chance of another gold when Adam Hague was unable to compete in the intermediate pole vault because he had been selected for the World Youth Championships in the Ukraine, the team departing on Monday.

Talented Doncaster all rounder Aiden Davies was third in the senior 400 metres hurdles in 54.80 and Toni Buckingham (Barnsley) took bronze in the intermediate girls shot with 11.19 in 5:57.12.

Doncaster AC runner Bertie Houghton, at school in Wakefield and running for West Yorkshire) was second in the senior Boys 2000 metres steeplechase.