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Two South of England Indoor Titles for Holly

Holly Mills was in Gold Medal form at the weekend as she claimed two U17W titles and two club records at the South of England Indoor Athletic Championships at Lee Valley Athletic Centre.

View Holly Mills.JPG in slide showOn day one Holly was competing in the Long Jump and having just moved up an age group was one of the youngest athletes in the competition. Despite this she was still one of the favourites for the title following a successful 2014 season where she had finished ranked No.1 U15G in the UK.

Holly got off to a good start in round one posting the longest jump of 5.57m, and in round two she went and bettered this with a new PB of 5.83m. Another 5.57m jump in round three was followed by Holly’s longest ever jump as she leapt out to 5.91m. A no jump in round five followed by a jump of 5.86m in round six completed the competition as Mills took the title with a winning margin of 64cms. Also competing in the Long Jump was Jasmine McClutchie who put in a good series of jumps to finish in 8th place with a best of 4.59m

On day two Mills was in action in the 60mH and had set herself a goal of reaching the final. However, things did not look good for Mills as in her heat she struggled with her hurdling as she hurdled off her wrong lead leg. She still managed to finish the race in 2nd place to secure a spot in the semi final. With only 45 mins to the next race Mills worked on her block set up and a change in feet placings seemed to do the trick as she ran a much better race to finish 2nd in a new PB time of 9.05 behind the favourite for the event Sophie Ellis (9.01). In the final Mills was drawn alongside Ellis and a good start saw Mills lead to the first hurdle. This was a lead she would not relinquish and with both girls putting in strong finishes off the final hurdle Mills held on from the fast finishing Ellis to claim the title in a new PB time of 8.95 with Ellis just behind in 9.0.

Andover’s strong U17W squad was also represented on the track at these championships by Jasmine McClutchie, Lizzie Butler-Clack and Darcie Henderson. In addition to the Long Jump,  McClutchie was competing in the 60m where she produced a PB equalling run of 8.16 in finishing 2nd in her heat and followed this with another good run of 8.17 in the semi final. Butler-Clack was also in action in the 60m where she also finished 2nd in her heat in a time of 8.23 and then produced another solid run of 8.24 in the semi final. Unfortunately, both girls times were not sufficient to make the final but they both showed good early season form.

Henderson was in action in the 300m, an event in which she has had limited experience, particularly on the tight indoor track. Despite this she produced a fine run in finishing 2nd in her heat with a new PB of 43.39. With just over an hour to the semi final there was little time to fully recover and this was evident as Henderson finished the race in 4th position in a time of 44.37 to miss out on a place in the final line up.