Tia JACKSON had a mixed weekend in the City of Steel. She started the proceedings well by winning her heat of the Under-17 60 metres in a big personal best of 7.83 beating Birchfield Harrier’s Cassie Penderton who had recently won the Midland County Championships in 7.71
The semi-final was scheduled at the same time as the Long jump final and, although arrangements were made so that she could do both, the upheaval seemed to get the better of her and she failed to register a legal jump.
She did fare better in the 60 metres semi-final, posting another PB with 7.82, but narrowly missed out on the final. Although she was disappointed, Tia took comfort in the knowledge that at 14 years old she has another year in the Under-17 age group and has knocked more than 0.3 off her 60 metres time this season.
She returned on Sunday to try the 200 metres on the boards for the first time. She was understandably very nervous in her heat but eased into second place to qualify for the semi-final without any issues. She came out with a bang in her next race, winning it while easing down over the last 10 metres but still achieving an outright personal best of 25.15 The final featured the fastest girls in the country and Tia didn’t disappoint, just missing out on a medal (25.24) in a race won by the daughter of former international sprinters John Regis and Jenifer Stoute. Well done Tia this bodes well for both the outdoor season and next yr.