Edwards steps up and again notches double

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The outstanding sprinter at the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships at Cudworth over the weekend was Kristie Edwards (City of Sheffield).

Edwards, double champion at Under-17 level last year, moved up to the Under-20 age group and was in a class of her own, winning the 100m in 12.1secs and the 200 min 25.01.

The longer race was on the second day when there was a stiff breeze against the sprinters.

Edwards’s times were quicker than the senior winners, Sheffield’s Zara Hohn in the 100m and defending champion Amanda Shaw in the 200m.

Hohn completed a double winning her specialist event the 100m hurdles from her Sheffield team-mate Kelly Clark in 14.90.

Wakefield’s Emily Freeman made a return to the track after a long lay-off through injury. The former World Championship 200m finalist looked comfortable in winning the 400m in her first race for almost four years in a respectable time of 55.13.

Claire Duck (Leeds City) made a sound return after injury, winning the 3,000m in 9:49.50.

Prolific Yorkshire winner Hannah Evenden (Edinburgh), who comes from Streethouse, was again in dominant form winning the shot (13.33m), discus (41.52m) and hammer (54.89m).

Generally performances were stronger in the younger age groups. Leeds City’s George Armstrong was outstanding in the Uunder-17 discus setting new championship figures with 50.81m. Another Leeds athlete, Jacob Fincham-Dukes, won both hurdles in the Under-20 section clocking 15.49 and 55.72.

Max Wharton (Halifax) had an outstanding run in the Under-20 800m, clocking a fast time of 1:53.59, while Elliott Hurley, recently switched from Leeds City to Sheffield, did a double in the Under-20 100m (11.09) and long jump (7.10m).