Hot Baines blazes trail into finals

Mansfield Harrier Neal Baines showed strong form to secure qualification for both the 60m and 200m finals at the Midland Indoor Championships.

Baines won his 60m heat in 7.2, was third in the semi-final, clocking 7.10, before going even quicker in the final, finishing seventh in 7.07.

A day earlier he had finished in second spot in his 200m heat in 23.17, again going quicker in the final where he just missed out on the medals, taking fourth spot in 22.77.

Martin White was third in his 200m heat in a time of 24.29 and seventh in his 60m heat, clocking 7.8.

Elsewhere at senior level Stef Wilcockson was fourth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.14 and ran to fifth spot in his 400m heat in 54.06.

Beth Mortiboy missed out on gold by the slimmest of margins in the U17W long jump, her longest leap of 5m being just 2cms short of victory.

She added to this silver medal with a bronze in the triple jump where her best leap was 10.34m and was sixth in the 60m hurdles in 10.03.

There was also a bronze medal for Connor McHale in the U20M pole vault with a clearance of 3.40m.

The Mansfield line-up was completed by Chevelle Baxter, who ran 2:32.07 over 800m to take fifth place and Tom Wallett, sixth in the U20M hurdles with a time of 8.46.

l Anthony Robinson produced an impressive performance over 4.5 miles at Holmebrook Country Park in the latest fixture of the Booth Decorators Cross Country League.

The new signing ran 31:21 to finish in 11th place and will be a useful addition to the Harriers squad for the upcoming road race season.

Another useful addition to the summer squad will be Sally Hopkins, running very strongly in her first season with Mansfield and finishing in 40th spot in a time of 35:53 at Holmebrook.

Julian Wood (69th in 39:34) and Maddy Collinge (101st) in 46:32 were the only other Mansfield finishers.