City athlete King will be looking to book his place at European Indoor Champs

David King

PLYMOUTH sprint hurdler David King will be hoping to book his place at the European Indoor Championships this weekend.

King heads to Sheffield for the British trials knowing he has achieved the 60m hurdles qualifying time of 7.65 seconds to make him eligible to be on the plane to Belgrade next month.

However, to automatically book his spot, the City of Plymouth athlete needs to finish in the top two on Saturday.

Britain can take three athletes to the Europeans and so far only King, Andy Pozzi and David Omoregie have run the qualifying time. However, only two places can be confirmed this weekend.

King’s heats will be at 3.10pm on Saturday, with the final scheduled for 4.50pm.

King will not be the only Plymouth athlete in action in Sheffield this weekend.

Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wilsmore is among the entries for the 1,500m. The heats for that event will be at 5.35pm on Saturday.

King’s training partner Jade Simson is also among the entries for the women’s 60m hurdles, which take place on Sunday at 2.40pm.

Meanwhile, Devon Schools’ Athletic Association have named their team for the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Norfolk on March 18.

The Devon squad will feature 10 athletes from Plymouth and West Devon schools.

Mount Kelly and Ivybridge Community College both have three runners in the squad.

Nathan BrownOliver Smart (junior boys), Tom Brew (intermediate boys) and Natasha Farrington (intermediate girls) will represent Mount Kelly, while Nathan Brown (senior boys), Joe Battershill (senior boys) and Emily Oakshott (senior girls) will be Ivybridge’s representatives.

Devonport High School for Boys have two athletes in the party – Jamie Williams (intermediate boys) and Tom Blackford (senior boys) – while international modern pentathletes Kerenza Bryson (senior girls) and Georgina Mitchell (intermediate girls) will represent Plymouth Studio School and Plymouth College respectively.

The full Devon team for the English Schools’ Championships can be found HERE.

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