County success for Chamberlain
TEENAGER Rosie Chamberlain will combine her bid for cross-country success with an indoor programme this winter after being invited to compete at the senior indoor European trials & UK Championships.
The Exeter Harrier comfortably won the Devon Schools Cross-Country Championships in Plymouth last weekend.
That was a stepping stone for the English Schools Cross-Country finals in Derby in March.
But now coach Brian O'Hare has had to amend his plans for Chamberlain to include some high-class indoor races.
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"At the moment Rosie is in the form of her life, both strong and fast," said O'Hare.
"The plan was to run just to win this race (last weekend) with the minimum effort."
He added: "UK Athletics have invited Rosie to compete in the 800m, which was not in our winter plan, so we have also decided to run the 800m at the National Indoor Under-20 Championships in Birmingham two weeks later."
With Chamberlain winning the senior girls' race last weekend, Exmouth Community College pupil Alice Kelly was third.
In the junior girls' cross-country race, Madeline Roche of Exeter School was eighth, with Harriers teammate Florence Livingstone of The Kings School in Ottery St Mary 10th.
Maynard School pupil Izzy Kidner was just beaten into fourth place in the inter girls' race, with Kate Vine of Sidmouth College fifth. Martha Ellett was seventh, Zoe Kuyken eighth and Katie Olding 10th.
Exeter Harriers' Matt Simpson of The Kings School did well in the junior boys' race to finish second, with Tiverton High School's Cameron Tapp third.
Matthew Dowell of Clyst Vale was second in the inter boys' race, with Oscar Petherick sixth, Grey Grierson eighth, Tom Mcshane ninth and Shaun Johnson 10th.
Harrison Baker of Exeter College was third in the senior boys' race and Kit Grierson of The Kings School was ninth.
Rebecca Chapman returned to form by winning the women's long jump at the Cardiff Indoor Open Meeting with a jump of 5.81m.
"It's finally coming together nicely," said Chapman, who suffered with injury during most of 2012. "I went off 18 strides and it felt really nice."
Chapman also ran a personal best in the heats of the 60m with a time of 7.84secs before coming third in the final.
At the same meeting, Sam Peters won his 200m and 400m heats with times of 23.02secs and 50.46secs respectively, and Alec Crowter was fourth in his 60m heat with 7.53secs.
The meeting also incorporated the South West Championships, with a number of Harrier athletes returning home with medals.
Jordan Finch was second in the senior men's 60m in 7.22secs and Rob Grew also took silver in the senior 400m with 56.23secs.
Ian Allen was second in the senior long jump with 5.97m and won the high jump as part of the Welsh Masters competition with 1.70m.
Dominic Allen won the under-17 men's high jump with 1.50m, took second in the shot with 9.86m and third in the 60m hurdles with 9.4secs. Sam Crowter was eighth in the 60m and sixth in the 200m.
Jack Churchill and Sam Talbot claimed a clutch of medals between them in the under-15 boys' age group, with Churchill winning gold in the 60m and 200m and Talbot taking second behind Churchill in the 60m and going one better in the 60m hurdles and long jump.
Isabella Hargreaves took silver in the under-15 girls' long jump with 4.17m. She was also fourth in the 60m and fifth in the 200m. Rachel Underhay, although injured, was ninth in the 60m and 12th in the 200m.
Despite being only 11, Isobel Pinsky won the under-13s' 200m in 30.4secs and was also fifth in both the 60m and 60m hurdles.
Agatha Purser-Mountford won the high jump with a new PB of 1.35m and the long jump with another PB of 4.29m. She was also fourth in the 60m hurdles.