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Awesome Vale foursome take on Scots elite
8:30am Sunday 25th August 2013 in Sport
Although wind-assisted, the time was almost half-asecond quicker than her previous best.
Paton said: “I felt really young on the start line but told myself I was good enough to be there and just went for it.”
English Schools and Midland under 20s champion Gibbons was fifth in a windaffected high jump, having finished fourth at the British Championships.
She said: “I was pleased with the way I was jumping.
“The last couple of competitions have felt a little flat as it’s been a long season but this one felt good.”
In the 100m, the in-form Styles ran a personal best of 12.45 for third in her heat to make the final.
The England under 20s international then ran 12.43 although the wind speed was above the legal limit.
She said: “I think I can go faster over the next couple of weeks as I let my technique go a little when one of the girls was ahead of me but this was a great learning experience.”
FOUR Vale teenagers showed off their potential at the Scottish Senior Championships in Glasgow.
In blustery, cloudy conditions, the girls more than held their own against experienced opposition.
Bishampton’s Heather Paton, 17, enjoyed the best result with a bronze medal in the 100-metre hurdles, stepping up two age groups to take on Scotland’s best athletes.
Her Worcester club-mates, Evesham’s Zoe Styles, 17, Pershore’s Ella Gibbons, 18, and 17-year-old Georgina Greenwood from Naunton Beauchamp, also turned out.
Celtic Games Scotland winner Paton clocked 14.17 seconds for a surprise podium place with her medal presented by Sir Menzies Campbell.
Paton clocked 12.71, a time that saw her narrowly failing to qualify as a fastest loser from her heat.
Greenwood had two events in less than half-an-hour, running only her fifth 400m race and then finishing sixth in the triple jump in which she is Worcestershire champion.
She was less than 50 centimetres off the bronze medal but admitted: “I’m not sure where I found the energy to jump.”
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