Mills smashes Harriers club 400m record

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Athletics star George Mills has become the fastest teenager in Yorkshire for his age-group after breaking a Harrogate Harriers club record this week.

Mills, who usually competes in the 800m, stepped down to the 400m and posted a lifetime best of 51.9 seconds at the Wakefield Open Track.

The time beat Dan Cheeseman’s record set in 2009 and also won the U-17s race at the competition.

Multi eventer Samantha Baker-Jones almost made it two Harriers to break club records at the Wakefield event, but she came up 1 cm short in the long jump.

Baker-Jones finished fourth in the event with a leap of 4.71m.

The U-15s athlete also came fourth in the 800m in 2.30.04.

Luke Whittington won the U-15s boys long jump in a new personal best of 5.14m before claiming a third-place finish in the shot putt.

Lucy Ireland powered through the U17 300m to take second in 44.86, followed by Maya Mellow (47.46) in fifth.

Ireland also jumped 1.50 in the U-17s high jump and ran 17.44 in the 100m hurdles.

Hawks athlete Ben Pye (Wetherby Runners) also tasted success in South Yorkshire as he easily won the junior 3000m.

Pye beat training partner Ed Burgess, a first year U-17, into fourth as Burgess himself ran a personal best.

Phillipa Baxter ran 13.36 for fourth spot in the U-15s girls 100m. She also ran the sixth fastest time in the 200m in 27.89s.

Jessica Thompson finished sixth in the U-11s girls long jump after scoring 3.01m and then came eighth in the 600m in 2.14.89.