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22 February 2016 

International Combined Events Match - Under 23, Under 20, Salamanca, Spain, 20-21 February

Double World Junior champion Morgan Lake (coach: Eldon Lake) finished just 116 points shy of the World Junior Indoor pentathlon record with a victory in the U23 section of this three-way international between Great Britain & Northern Ireland, France and hosts Spain. The 18-year-old racked up 4519 points, going close to the British junior record tally of 4527 that she achieved at the European Indoor Championships in Prague last year, and also within striking distance of the world junior record figures of 4535 established by Carolina Kluft. 

Lake notched two indoor PBs - 8.86 in the 60m hurdles and 2:18.53 in the 800m.  She also cleared 1.93m in the high jump, just 1cm short of her British junior record. Her other individual marks were: 12.97m (shot) and 5.89m (long jump). Britain clinched the team title, with Niamh Bailey (John Anderson) placing fourth with 3995 points, a PB, and Amy Hodgson (Grant Brown) eighth with 3632.

There was also a British individual and team victory in the Under 20 women’s pentathlon, Amber Valley’s Commonwealth youth high jump champion Niamh Emerson (David Feeney) topping the pile with a PB score of 4110 points. Her individual marks included a trio of PBs - 9.15 for the 60m hurdles, 1.87m for the high jump and 5.77m for the long jump. She also threw 9.93m in the shot and clocked 2:17.41 for the 800m.  Emma Canning Iain McEwan) was sixth with 3602 points, while Anna Nicole Rowe (Mike Holmes) dropped out after four events.

Less than a week after celebrating his 17th birthday, Sam Talbot (Eldon Lake) secured a podium finish in the Under 20 heptathlon. The Exeter Harrier finished third with 5371 points, 139 points short of the PB and world age 16 best he set at the England Combined Event Championships in Sheffield last month. His individual marks were: 7.05 (60m), 7.18m (long jump), 11.80m (shot), 1.84m (high jump), 8.18 (60m hurdles), 4.20m (pole vault, a PB), and 2:48.20 for 1000m.

Joe Hobson (Mike Corden) was seventh with  5007 points and Tom Chandler (Ian Grant) tenth with 4365.  In the Under 23 heptathlon, meanwhile, Aiden Davies (Bruce Bewley) was fifth with 5258 points and James Wright (Grant Brown) sixth with 4899. James Finney (Sam Stanislaus) failed to finish.



Millrose Games, New York, USA, 20 February

Edinburgh AC’s Chris O’Hare (Terrence Mahon) broke his own Scottish indoor mile record in the classic Wanamaker Mile, the traditional showpiece event of New York’s annual Millrace Games at the Armory track in Upper Manhattan. The 25-year-old European outdoor and indoor 1500m bronze medallist took third place in 3:52.91, slicing 0.07 off the Scottish record he set in the same race in 2013 and finishing less than a second shy of Peter Elliott’s British indoor record, 3:52.02.

The race was won in 3:50.63, the fourth fastest time in history, by Matt Centrowitz, the two-time world outdoor 1500m medallist from the US. Nick Willis finished second in 3:51.06, a New Zealand record. “I want to compete with these guys. That’s what I’m shooting for. I missed the jump. I wasn’t in a position to react.”

A week after her Scottish indoor 800m record performance in Boston, O’Hare’s Edinburgh AC club-mate Lynsey Sharp (Rana Reider) had to settle for fifth place in a high-class women’s 800m race, won in 2:00.09 by former world junior champion Ajee Wilson of the USA. Sharp clocked 2:01.55.



BUCS Indoor Championships, Sheffield, 19-21 February

Notts AC triple jumper Montel Nevers (Nigel Kesteven) was one of several impressive championship record breakers at the British Universities Indoor Championships at the English Institute of Sport track in Sheffield. The 19-year-old, who finished fifth at the European Junior Championships last summer, improved his lifetime best by a whopping 32cm to claim victory with a jump of 16.15m, breaking Gary White’s championship record by 15cm.

In the women’s 1500m, Birchfield Harrier Sarah McDonald (Bud Baldaro) judged her tactics to perfection to break Hannah England’s championship best performance with a winning time of 4:15.82 - ahead of Melissa Courtney (Mark Pauley), runner up in 4:20.52, and Bobby Clay, (Rob Denmark)  third in 4:21.15.

International 400m hurdler Meghan Beesley (Nick Dakin) went to the top of the 2016 UK rankings with a championship best performance of 23.76 in the women’s 200m, while other notable winners included Jessica Judd (George Gandy), who took the women’s 3000m in 9:36.50; David Omoregie (Benke Blomkvist), victorious in the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.86; and Imran Rahman (Tony Hadley), who triumphed in the men’s 60m in 6.70.



Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships, Lurgan, 20 February

City of Derry’s Aaron Doherty won the men’s 12km race in 40:44, beating Mark McInstry (Gregory Walsh) of North Belfast by four seconds. Newcastle and District’s Shalane McMurray (coach: unknown) won the women’s 6km event in 23:07.