Orion Harriers' Megan Penfold takes top spot in national rankings in long jump, high jump and 60m hurdles

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Megan Penfold is Under-13 number one in the national Power of 10 rankings for long jump, high jump and 60m hurdles. Megan Penfold is Under-13 number one in the national Power of 10 rankings for long jump, high jump and 60m hurdles.

Orion Harriers’ Megan Penfold is the top ranked Under-13 in the country for three different events after impressive performances in the 60m hurdles, high jump and long jump in an Open Medal meet in Chingford at the weekend.

The 12-year-old athlete, who lives in Woodford Green, finished first and recorded personal bests in all three competitions to climb to number one in the national Power of 10 rankings in each event.

The Highams Park School student ran 9.90 in the 60m hurdles before jumping 1.52m in the high jump and 4.62m in the long jump.

While the hurdles is perhaps her strongest event at the moment, Penfold has her sights set on the pentathlon in the future but opportunities to compete in the multi-event are limited in her current age group.

Penfold’s coach Bob Corbett said: “Megan is a great girl, she listens to what you tell her and is always ready to take advice on board to get better.

“She wants to do pentathlon in the future so we need to do some work on her 800m but with her talent I don’t see any reason why she can’t excel in the pentathlon too.”

The youngster’s success follows up an excellent performance at the Essex County and Eastern AA Indoor Championships last month where she won gold medals in the same three events.

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