• Mick Bond

Sprints, Sprints, Sprints

Updated: Mar 22

The majority of the club's sprinters were in action over the weekend. At the National Junior championships in Sheffield Dante Legister, Dejaune Lingard and Emily Cadman all made it through the 60m heats and semis to qualify for the finals. Dejaune had a bit of a scare in the heats stumbling out of the over sized Sheffield blocks but then powered through to win his heat.


The finals were a mixed tale, Dante confirmed his place as the quickest Under 17 in the country with an emphatic win in 6.84, which was both a PB and a time which moves him to equal 4th on the UK all-time list. Dejaune, hampered by a shoulder injury finished 8th and was disappointed but with two more years in the age group will bounce back. Emily showed her immense talent at only just aged 13, she ran PB's in every round of the 60m and 200m ending with bests of 7.95 and 26.00 and finished 4th in both events.

Dante Legister in the U17M 60m final


(YouTube: England Athletics U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships Day 1 and Day 2).


Closer to home at Sutcliffe Park, it was the third round of the Sutcliffe Indoor 60's event. Our best ever entry of 185 sprinters ensured we started to get back some of the money the club has recently invested in a new photo finish camera. A great team of officials and helpers ensured the event ran to time and there were loads of PB's for club members as well as first time outings for some of our new comers. Top of the club's sprinters on the men's side was Brandon Mingeli with a time of 6.80 in the second round. On the women's side Doyin Aderinto continued to take small slices off her best recording 7.68 in the second round, whilst Chichi Cooper joined her in the sub-8 club with a 7.95 clocking.


Full results of the Sutcliffe Indoor 60's can be viewed here.


Final round of Sutcliffe Indoor 60's is on March 6th, two weeks before the Kent Indoor Championships and entries are over 100 already.