Sommer Lecky wins English U-17 title


Sommer Lecky with a 1.79 m high jump clearance won the English U-17 title at Bradford on Saturday to add to what has been an excellent season for this young athlete.

Earlier in the year she won the national senior title and on winning the Tailteann Games title was judged top athlete. It was a season that ended with a pb 1.80 and an appearance in the European youth championship finalin Tbilisi. Full marks to her and coach Niall Wilkinson .

An added joy on the day in England was the victory of James Kelly in the shot (16.64m) to add what has been a stand out season for him, winning the Schools international and adjudged top Irish athlete. Again full marks on this occasion to himself and dad, John, his coach.

The remaining Valley competitor in action, Janine Boyle, returned 12. 42 into a -0.2 wind to finish 6th in 100m final having won her heat and finishing 3rd in semi-final.