Jess Ennis has entered three events at the Yorkshire Championships which take place at Cudworth tomorrow and Sunday, although it’s likely she’ll compete in only two.
On the track she is listed for the 200 metres and in the field she goes for the shot put and javelin. However, it is highly unlikely she’ll take part in the 200m, preferring to concentrate on the field events, which are weaker, relatively, than her track performances.
Ennis set a new personal best for the shot (14.79) in the recent World Indoor Championships whilst her season’s opener in the javelin three weeks ago was 45.66, comparing favourably with her best of 46.71. Her best of 23.11 in the 200m was a time beaten by only two British athletes last year.
Fellow Toni Minichiello trained athlete Louise Bloor will also probably miss the 200m and just do the 100m at Dorothy Hyman Stadium.
Last year’s men’s 100 metres winner Ricky Reeve defends his title and also runs in the 200. One of his rivals will be his City of Sheffield team mate Todd Marshall, a former county champion. Others attempting sprint doubles in the younger age groups are Ben Shields (Rotherham) and Abigail Bishell (Sheffield) in the U20 age group and Kristie Edwards (Sheffield) at U17 level. In the middle distance events Rhian Hastey (Rotherham) is a strong contender in the 800 metres whilst Hallamshire’s Dave Archer should do well in the 5000 metres. Hallamshire’s Nicola Squires tackles the 2000 metres steeplechase whilst Jade Allen (Rotherham) goes for he 1500 metres.
At U20 level Tom Bains (Hallamshire) has entered both 800 and 1500 metres whilst other Hallamshire contenders are Calli Thackery in the U20 800 and 1500 metres and Fiona Bell in the U20 3000 metres.
Karla Drew (Sheffield), medallist in the recent Students Championships at the Olympic Stadium, is entered for six events as is Liam Ramsey (Sheffield) in the U20 age group whilst Dan Gardiner (Sheffield) goes for the 100, discus and javelin. Adam Khan (Sheffield), winner of several long and triple jump titles, could win both those events at U20 level and also runs in the 400 metres hurdles.