JORDANNA Morrish may have written herself into the county history books as one of the youngest athletes ever from Cornwall to win a medal at the Sainsbury’s British Senior Track & Field Championships, writes Kevin Fahey.
Still only 17, the Cornwall AC athlete from Redruth produced a superb performance to win the silver medal as she cleared a personal best of 1.77m in the high jump.
There have been numerous county medallists in age group championships over the years but the county statisticians will need to scour their record books to find the last time a teenager made the podium in the senior championships.
“I did not see that coming at all,” said Morrish.
“I didn’t even think about finishing inside the top five or six let alone win a medal. I am delighted.”
Morrish’s success completed a great seven days for the former Truro High School student.
The previous weekend she had finished third in the senior girls’ high jump at the English Schools’ Championships when she was representing Somerset having spent the past two years at Millfield School.
Morrish cleared 1.75m on that occasion to finally improve her two-year-old best so to add another two centimetres just a week later was beyond her wildest dreams especially after suffering a tough period in the event when her progress faltered.
“Both medals were really good,” added Morrish. “I was really emotional at the English Schools and cried afterwards as it showed to me that I still have the ability because I had lost a little bit of form in the past two years.
“The British Championships was just such a surprise and is probably a greater achievement but it was more emotional for me at the schools.”
Morrish was one of three county athletes who made the trip to the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham. Cornwall AC clubmate Emma Stepto was given a special mention by the stadium announcer though whether she was happy to be publicly revealed as the oldest competitor in the championships is questionable
But the 43-year-old showed what a great racer she is by finishing seventh in the 5000m in blistering conditions in a respectable time of 16mins 42.16secs.
In the heats of the 1500m Newquay & Par’s former junior international Dani Barnes clocked a season’s best of 4mins 25.21secs.
Sainsbury’s British Athletics Championships, Birmingham – Women: 1500m hts: Dani Barnes (N&P) 4:25.21 (SB); 5000: 7 Emma Stepto (CAC) 16:42.16; HJ: 1 Emma Nuttall (Edin) 1.87; 2 Jordanna Morrish (CAC) 1.77 (PB).