South Yorkshire athletes have a hard act to follow

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South Yorkshire have selected a team of 34 athletes to compete in the English Schools Championships which start tomorrow and continue on Saturday when the majority of the track finals take place.

Last year South Yorkshire had five medallists which is a hard act to follow.

Only one of them is action again, Acacia Williams-Hewitt (Sheffield) in the intermediate 200 metres. Third in last year’s junior age group she will face tough opposition in her first year in the intermediate section.

Saskia Huxham (Sheffield), fifth in the intermediate 300 hurdles last year, moves up to the senior ranks where she opts for the 800 metres. Her best time is inside 2:10 which would have been good enough for a medal in last year’s English Schools final.

Bronte Jones (Sheffield), seventh last year in the senior girls discus, competes again. Consistetly around the 40 metre mark, her best of 42.53 would give her a medal chance.

Melissa Coxon (Rotherham), talented across a range of events, opts for the intermediate girls 300 metres hurdles.

Ranked third in the country this year, she should be pressing for a medal whilst Doncaster’s Josh Dickinson will be competitive in the intermediate boys 3000 metres.

South Yorkshire team

Senior Boys

1500: Julian Slater (Sheffield), Matt Fuller (S)

3000: Alfie Manthorpe (S)

Discus: Chukwuemeka Osammor (S)

Intermediate Boys

100: Louis Hinchcliffe (S)

3000: Josh Dickinson (Doncaster)

Long Jump: Callum Hay (S)

Junior Boys

200: David Chapman (Rotherham), Nathaniel Dyas (S)

300: Joel Vernon (S)

800: Callum Collins (S)

Pole Vault: Will Lane (S)

Senior Girls

200: Sarah Zitchem (S)

800: Sarah Huxham (S)

1500: Molly Butterworth (Doncaster), Emily Simpson (S), Cyanne Robinson (R)

High Jump: Charlotte Kerr (S)

Discus: Bronte Jones (R)

Intermediate Girls

200: Acacia Williams-Hewitt (S)

800: Emma Ball (R), Resain Morris (S)

3000: Jodie Hill (S), Esther Rowe-Towel (S)

300 Hurdles: Melissa Coxon (R)

High Jump: Miriam Levy (S)

Long Jump: Kristie Archer (R)

Javelin: Lauren Foletti (S)

Junior Girls

100: Elle Hinchliffe (S)

200: Ava Jones (D)

300: Nandy Lihuyu (S), Elanour Milborne (S)

Shot: Daphney Adebayor (S), Erin Lobley (S)