Havant hurdler Tom Miller earns England place

Heather Cubbage. Picture: Mick Young
Heather Cubbage. Picture: Mick Young
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Havant hurdler Tom Miller earned his England vest with a superb display in Gateshead.

The 16-year-old Portsmouth Grammar School pupil ran 13.15 to win his heat of the intermediate 100m hurdles at the English Schools’ Championships on Friday.

Tom Miller. Picture: Mick Young (150643-23)

Tom Miller. Picture: Mick Young (150643-23)

He then won his semi-final in 13 flat, before he clocked 13.23 in the final to earn a silver medal.

It means he will represent England today in the schoolboys’ international in Scotland.

Miller’s Havant club-mate Leslie Parkes also picked up a medal at the championships in Gateshead.

He finished third in the senior boys’ hammer with a throw of 55.31m but there is no international for the seniors.

City of Portsmouth’s Serena Vincent was one of the youngest athletes to compete in the Gateshead event.

She performed superbly to finish fifth in the junior girls shot (11.50m).

Heather Cubbage was sixth in the junior girls’ discus (30.39m).

And Gaia Osborne finished ninth in the inter girls’ javelin (35.81m).

Tom Farres finished seventh in the senior boys’ pole vault (4.30m).

Training partners Josie Czura and Lachlan Wellington both reached the final of the 1,500m in the junior age group.

Wellington finished fourth in his heat (4.15.87) to comfortably qualify for the final.

He then ran 4.16.11 to finish eighth in a really high quality final.

Czura ran 4.41.65 in her heat for second place. She improved on that time in the final with a 4.40.08 clocking to seal fifth place.

Robert Pattison finished in 10th in the junior discus final with a top distance of 35.28m.

Evie Grice missed out on a place in the senior girls’ 800m final (2.16.02).

But her sister Maisie Grice finished sixth in the inter girls’ 1,500m steeplechase (5.11.76).

City of Portsmouth coach Paul Farres was in Gateshead to watch the event.

He said: ‘The star of the show was probably Tom Miller, while Leslie Parkes won a medal as well.

‘The atmosphere is wonderful – it is inspirational for everyone.’