Megan edges closer to No 1 in UK

WHAT a way to start the 2018 athletics season. Megan Costello’s blistering start has seen her ranked third for all age groups in the 150m rankings for women.

 

WHAT a way to start the 2018 athletics season. Megan Costello’s blistering start has seen her ranked third for all age groups in the 150m rankings for women.

The Dyke House College student, competing in the Under-17 age group for the first time, has also smashed her personal best in the 100m too; she recorded a 12.54 in the first YDL Match for Gateshead Harriers last week.

Megan, 15, only started the outdoor season in April when she ran in the Kieran Maxwell Memorial in Darlington. An encouraging 100m outing paved the way for more impressive displays, including smashing her outdoor 200m best time by over half a second later that day.

Bursting with confidence, Megan then set a new personal best at the Gateshead Harriers Open Medal Meeting in the 100m before equaling her top time in the 200m.

More recently Megan was involved in the North-East Grand Prix Series, meaning be able to run in distances of 150m and 300m. Even though temperatures plummeted at the Monkton Stadium, she set two more personal bests and that led to the Power of 10 rankings placing her third in the UK.

The challenge she faces now is to carry on in the same manner and she will soon achieve the ESAA entry standards in both the 100m and 200m.

Megan’s promising start to the outdoor season followed success over the winter months.

She visited both the Scottish National Indoor Championship and England Athletics National Indoor Championships for the first time; winning gold in Glasgow in the 60m.

Even though Megan went to the English Nationals’ with a slight injury to one of her calf muscles, she still performed fantastically to reach the semi-finals.

Locally the Elite Development Squad scholar won the 60m silver medal at the North-East Indoor Championships. She also ran sub-8 seconds for the 60m to finish high in the UK rankings.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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