Champion! Megan keeps on moving

MEGAN COSTELLO is on course to compete in the final at the English Schools’ Athletic Association after becoming the North-East 100m champion.

 

MEGAN COSTELLO is on course to compete in the final at the English Schools’ Athletic Association after becoming the North-East 100m champion.

The Dyke House Academy student has started the new summer season impressively and has already reached the target set to hit the national stage.

Even though Costello was pipped to first place by Gateshead Harriers teammate Joy Eze in the 200m at the North-East County Championships, the places were reversed in the shorter sprint.

Joy and Megan cruised through their respective heats, like in the 200m, to set up another exciting final when a third Harrier (Megan’s training partner – Philippa Ellis) joined the battle for gold.

Costello claimed first and well inside the English Schools’ qualifying time of 12.5 seconds because it was confirmed as 12.19 seconds - her previous PB was 12.49.

Costello said: “I’m very happy with my start to the season, although poor weather conditions have caused problems.

“My goal for the summer is to progress to the final of the 100m at the English Schools’ and to achieve this we had set a target of around 12.3 seconds for the 100m.

“When I ran 12.35 in the 100m heat at the North-East Championships, it proved that all the hard work I had put in over the winter had started to pay off.

“I knew that the final was going to be a very tough race and I did not expect such a quick time (12.19 seconds) so early in the season.”

Costello is now ranked fourth in the UK for the U17 women in the 100m, so her confidence is high of reaching that 100m ESAA final – and maybe even a podium finish.

She is also hoping Gateshead gets another invite to compete in the Club Connect Relays at the Birmingham Diamond League in August.

Before the NE County Championships, Costello began her North-East Youth Development League season.

Despite poor conditions at Middlesbrough’s Sports Village, the 16-year-old put in some excellent performances and she was back there for the UKYDL a week later.

Costello ran in the under-20s for the 200m and, running in a head wind, she posted a new season’s best of 25.7 seconds and claimed her first English Schools’ qualifying time.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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