Fully stocked South Yorkshire team heads for English Schools Athletics Championships
South Yorkshire will send a fully stocked squad to the English Schools Championships on Friday and Saturday.
The county team contains the maximum number of 40 entrants, with each required to meet strict entry standards. Female athletes outnumber males in the side.
All four South Yorkshire medalists from last year are back in action this time around in Birmingham.
Melissa Coxon (Rotherham) and Lauren Foletti (Sheffield) both won silver last year in the intermediate 300m hurdles and javelin respectively and remain in the same age group this year.
Cyane Robinson (Rotherham) is back in the senior 1,500m where she finished second last year.
And Joel Vernon (Sheffield), a bronze medalist in the junior second last year moves up to intermediate where he will go in the 200m.
Acacia Williams-Hewitt (Sheffield) narrowly missed out on a medal in the intermediate 200m, as did Nandy Kihuya (Sheffield) in the junior 300m but will fancy their chances this time around as they go in the same age group.
Saskia Huxham (Sheffield) has improved greatly since last year when she finished fifth in the senior 800m and is a real medal prospect this time around.
Other athletes hoping for improvement in the same age groups this year are Ava Jones (Doncaster, junior 200m), Daphney Adebayo (Sheffield, junior shot) and Callam Hey (Sheffield, intermediate long jump).
Hallamshire’s Ruby Simpson, who runs for Derbyshire, is favourite to win the junior 800m after finishing third last time.
South Yorkshire team
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100: Louis Hinchliffe (Sheffield); 1500: Matthew Fuller (S); Discus: Chuk Ossamor (S)
200: Ellie Booker (Rotherham), Sara Zintchen (S); 800: Saskia Huxham (S), Emma Ball (R); 1500: Cyane Robinson (R), Keiva Rennocks (R); High Jump: Charlotte Kerr (S); Pole Vault: Jasmin Waters (Barnsley)
100: Damien Curtis (Doncaster); 200: Joel Vernon (S), David Chapman (R), Eddie Cassidy (D); 400: Nathan Dyas (S); 3000: Scott Nutter (B); Long Jump: Callam Hay (S)
200: Bronwyn Mooney (S), Acacia Williams-Hewitt (S); 1500: Mo Martin (S); 3000: Ester Rowe-Towle (S); 80 Hurdles: Nicole Lannie (D); 300 Hurdles: Melissa Coxon (R); High Jump: Miriam Levy (S); Long Jump: Kristie Archer (R); Discus: Aaliya Cawley (D); Javelin: Lauren Foletti (S)
Pole Vault: Will Lane (S)
200: Ava Jones (D); 300: Nandy Kihuya (S); 800: Hayley Butcher (R), Ruby Styler (S); 1500: Annie Naylor (S); 75 Hurdles: Chloe Bagshaw (B); High Jump: Callie Coates (D), Polly Woodhouse (S); Shot: Erin Lobley (S), Daphney Adebayo (S); Discus: Ella Kynoch (S)