SPRINTERS led the way for Horsham Blue Star Harriers at the Sussex Athletics Track & Field Championships at the weekend.
old medals for Sophie Spinner (100m and 200m) and Cadie Willis (100m and 200m) were the highlights of the two day championship held at the K2 centre in Crawley, while the under-15 boys sprint relay team stormed to gold by .6secs. Ashley Gorton took the county honours in the under-15 boys 400m, as did Alex Best in the under-20s, in which Francis Scarr and Ryan Bowyer recorded a one-two in the 5,0000m; Max Patteron’s 42.55 in the under-17 javelin was a winning throw.
Other golds came from Jack Milnthopre in the under-15 boys high jump, Andrew Price in the long jump, Ryan Gue in the under-20 discus; Kotryna Bajorinaite who led home a Horsham one-two in the under-17 300m hurdles; and Jade Brewster in the under-17 pole vault.
Cadie’s under-20 women 100m time of 12.15s was a personal best and good enough to win the senior race. She exclaimed: “It was quick, and it felt really quick, I was not expecting that time at all.” Her main event is the 200m, in which she raced to gold in 25,8secs. She added: “I don’t think I will be able to start pulling 11second 100m runs out of the hat.”
A delighted Sophie also had a third place in the 300 metres to her name, in addition a qualification time for the England Schools Championships in Gateshead in July. After her personal best 12.6s to win in the under-17 women’s 100m she said: “I had done the 300m earlier in the day so I was quite tired. I would be so happy if I was selected for the English Schools.