Osborne and Miller on top form as Hampshire Schools impress

Gaia Osborne. Picture: Mick Young (150643-32)
Gaia Osborne. Picture: Mick Young (150643-32)
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Gaia Osborne helped lead the Hampshire Schools team to a strong performance in the South Eastern Schools Inter-Counties match in Kent.

The City of Portsmouth thrower has been in great form throughout the summer and booked her place in the English Schools Championships.

Now she’s boosted her confidence ahead of that competition after beating the best athletes in the south east in her schools’ age group.

A throw of 38.98m saw her win the intermediate girls’ javelin on Saturday.

She also picked up valuable points for Hampshire in the shot with a distance of 12.95 for second place.

Havant’s Tom Miller continued his excellent form with an impressive win double in the intermediate boys’ match.

He won the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.6sec and obliterated the field in the 400m hurdles.

His time of 56.8 was two seconds clear of his closest rival.

In the junior girls’ match, Josie Czura took on her cross-country rival Kathleen Faes in a high-quality 1,500m.

Faes and Czura are ranked two and three in the country respectively, while the current fifth ranked athlete, Surrey’s Claudia Lance-Jones, was also in the race.

It took a personal best performance from Kent’s Faes to shake off Czura and secure the victory with a time of 4min 32.01sec.

Czura finished second with 4.36.65, ahead of Lance-Jones in third (4.41.42).

City’s Serena Vincent finished third in the junior girls’ shot with a distance of 10.51.

In the junior boys’ match, the 1,500m served up one of the best battles of the day.

The current national number one in the under-15s’ age group, Max Heyden, from Surrey, was beaten into second place.

Kent’s Henry James Cowie delivered victory with a time of 4.16.65.

City of Portsmouth athlete Lachlan Wellington finished in third place (4.18.76) and his club-mate Jacob O’Hara was fourth (4.25.79).

Hampshire finished in second place overall. Kent took the victory, with Surrey in third position and Sussex fourth.

Meanwhile, City of Portsmouth won their latest Youth Development League south west division one match on Sunday.

They are top of the table with one match to go after enjoying a great team performance at the Mountbatten Centre.

Pick up the Sports Mail on Saturday for a picture special from the Youth Development League match.