Five of Scotland’s top young athletes, including three medallists for Team Scotland at the Samoa 2015 Youth Games, have been selected for July’s European Junior Championships in Grossetto, Italy.
Four of the five were named off the back of impressive performances at last weekend’s England Athletics U23 and U20 Championships in Bedford, where the Scottish contingent returned with 19 medals, eight of them gold.
George Evans, Alisha Rees and Ben Greenwood, all medallists at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, made their mark in the U20 age group with Evans taking gold in both shot put and discus, Rees lowering her 200m best to 23.52 to win gold into a slight headwind and 800m runner Greenwood taking silver.
Also in the U20 age group, there was a fine double gold for Jemma Reekie, winning both 1500m and 3000m across a busy weekend.
All four have been named in the Great Britain team heading to the European Junior Championships in July, along with heptathlete Holly McArthur, who broke the Scottish U20 record earlier this year.
While their predecessors were in medal winning form, several athletes selected for the upcoming Bahamas 2017 Youth Games were also in action in Bedford, with sprinter Adam Clayton the top performer. Competing up an age group in the U20 100m, he stormed to a Scottish U17 record of 10.71 to erase a mark which had stood for 40 years.
In the U23 events Kelsey Stewart smashed her lifetime best to win the 400m in 53.63, receiving her gold medal from 1992 Olympic champion Sally Gunnell. Glasgow’s Mhairi Hendry, ranked third going into the women’s 800m, upset the form book to take gold by just three hundredths of a second, while in the men’s 1500m Neil Gourley was also victorious ahead of a tightly packed field.
The 400m Hurdles saw Jack Lawrie put in a fantastic run for silver, missing the Scottish National record by a single hundredth of a second, with a new lifetime best of 50.25.
The GB team for the European U23 Championships will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday 21 June.
Full list of Scottish medallists at the England U20/U23 Championships:
Jemma Reekie U20 1500m / 3000m
George Evans U20 Shot Put / Discus
Alisha Rees U20 200m
Mhairi Hendry U23 800m
Kelsey Stewart U23 400m
Neil Gourley U23 1500m
Ben Greenwood U20 800m
Sol Sweeney U20 3000m
Jack Lawrie U23 400m Hurdles
Kirstin Oakley U20 3000m Steeplechase
Lewis Brown U20 400m
Adam Boyle U20 Javelin
Stacie Taylor U23 3000m Steeplechase
Carolyn Harvey U23 Triple Jump
Mhari MacLennan U23 5000m
Megan Davies U23 1500m
Mhari Patience U23 400m Hurdles