Downie in big pb at trials

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WEST Linton’s Stacey Downie will take on the UK’s top athletes next weekend, following a double sprint success in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old secured a lifetime best of 11.93 seconds in the 100m at the Loughborough International Trials and followed it up with victory in the 200m in a time of 24.30.

Downie will now head to Leicestershire to represent Scotland against some of Britain’s quickest sprinters.

A member of the Borders Athlete Support Programme and the Southern Reporter Sports Personality of the Year 2010, said: “I was very happy with the 100m, which was into a slight headwind, and was pretty pleased with the 200m, where I beat Commonwealth Games athlete Gemma Nicol.

“I have not been beaten by her in the last three years, which is great.

“The Loughborough trials are the first big competition of the year for UK athletes.

“I am aiming for the top three in the 200m and my 100m has come on quicker than expected, so I have some positive goals.”

Currently sitting just outside the UK top 10 sprinters, Downie has paid tribute to coaches Billy Walker and Chris Nelson for her great start to the season, which includes indoor 60m wins at the Scottish Championships and National Open.

She told us: “Although I am just outside the top 10, most of those times within it were made in warm weather training and not in conditions which these runners will normally race in.

“I am aiming to compete in the UK Championships.

“I have already set the standard required and hope to make the final of the 200m.

“It is a televised event and carries a lot of recognition for athletes.”