Emma and James set new club records

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Emma Hornsby led the way for Nene Valley Harriers last weekend at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships.

The former Bourne Grammar School student, now at Loughborough, was fifth in the long jump with a new club record of distance of 5.60m.

Entering in round three, Hornsby had been in second place but still ended just 11cm behind the eventual winner.

She is in her first year so looks a good prospect for the outdoor championships in May as well as future years.

Bourne’s James McCrae (Birmingham) has another good weekend at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, by setting a new club record in his heat and beating it further in the semi-final to just miss out on a final place.

McCrae sat just behind the leader in his heat and had been unable to nip past him in the closing metres but a time of 2:56.6 was strong enough to take him into the semi-final.

Despite being a personal best indoor time, the semi-final pace was somewhat quicker than the heat and McCrae was sat at the back of the pack.

Entering the final lap, he made a great effort to grab a final place coming through the field but finished third with a new club record time of 1:55.47.

Although in different pools, Nene Valley had two ladies in the triple jump.

Spalding’s Emily Maltby (Bedfordshire) was slightly off her season’s best with a distance of 10.95m and missed the final places by just one centimetre.

Javelin specialist Ellie Mae Stokes (Gloucestershire) was also competing in her ‘secondary’ events as she recorded a distance of 10.12m.

This is likely to be the result of her working on speed and showing better form in the 60m sprint the night before.

The Spalding teenager recorded a personal best time of 8.78s but the improving speed over the last year means she may need to adjust her 
triple jump run-up.

Also in the 60m sprints was Jake Berney (East Anglia) who ran a season’s best of 7.34s in his heat, three weeks ahead of his first ever Physique 
Championships.

University and club-mate Helen Chapman completed the 200m and 400m double.

She ran an indoor personal best of 66.71s in the 400m and then the next day ran 29.4 in the 200m.

Former Deepings School student Sean Garmory (Newcastle) felt his form was lacking as he finished fourth in the 400m heats in a time of 53.57s which was just 0.3 behind his indoor personal best set a few weeks earlier at Sheffield.