HORSHAM Blue Star Harriers toasted two individual successes this week as Jade Brewster and Helen Morton picked up gold medals.
Jade shared first spot in the under-15 pole vault at the National Indoor Championships in Birmingham, while Helen travelled to Glasgow, where she twice beat her personal best to win the 60 metre hurdles at the Scottish National Indoor Championship.
A clearance of 2.90m earned Jade a share of the gold medal with Abigail Roberts from Wakefield at the National Indoor Arena - improving on her seventh place finish last year when competing at under-15 level for the first time.
“I knew it was going to be hard,” Tanbridge House School pupil Jade, 14, remarked. “I thought I vaulted pretty well and although I didn’t get to my PB (3m) I was happy with how I competed and got every height at my first attempt.”
Currently ranked second in the UK at under-15 level, Jade has set her sights on a Sussex record this year.
She added: “I want to get the record of 3.16m this year. It will take quite a bit of hard work, but I am moving up a pole (from 12ft to 13ft) and that should help.”
Meanwhile, Helen, 25, answered an invite to compete at the Scottish individual championships, due to her Scottish hurdles ranking of fifth. She clocked a personal best of 8.95s in the heat and then beat that time with 8.93s in the final, despite hitting the final hurdle.
She commented: “My aim for the event was to run a sub nine second time.”