Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Emma Jumps to a Golden Victory

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Emma Jumps to a Golden Victory

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Byline: By Bill McGuirk

North East pupils chalked up excellent results at the 74th English Schools' Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium.

The two-day Championships, hosted by Northumberland for the first time since 1954, were a resounding success, but it was local rivals Durham who took the bulk of the honours in the arena with some superb performances.

With nearly 2,000 schoolchildren from the 45 English counties converging on Tyneside for the `Kids Olympics', it was a supreme effort from Durham to win three gold medals against tough opposition.

Lewis Robson, Phil Collins and Emma Morris all came top of the class in their respective events, with Robson and Morris saving the occasion to record personal bests.

Morris, ranked joint number two in the UK under-20 high jump rankings this year, missed out on selection for this weekend's World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, having failed to clear the tough qualifying height of 1:82m.

However, in the stadium where she does lots of her training, she soared over 1:81m, a height which, had she attained earlier in the season, would have probably been good enough to be selected.

Despite being overlooked for the Italy trip, the St Joseph's RC, Hebburn pupil showed what she had been promising do all season, and that was to clear 1:80m for the first time.

With a pb of 1:78m from last year, Morris came into the competition as one of the favourites. However, she was pushed all the way to add the gold medal to her previous silver and bronze in earlier English Schools' Championships.

"Yes, there were a few scary moments. Especially when Sussex girl Emma Perkins, who eventually finished second, kept getting over in her final effort," said 18-year-old Morris.

"But all the time I was confident because I felt good throughout the competition and I knew I was jumping well. …

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