HAYLEY Jones stormed into Great Britain's U20 European Champion-ships team with a stunning win at the AAAs on Sunday.
The 18-year-old sprinter, from Stapeley, Nantwich, blitzed the opposition to win the 200m at the AAA U20 Champion-ships at Bedford, equalling her personal best (pb) of 23.61secs in the final.
On Monday, she received a phone call from the GB selectors, saying she has been picked to run the 200m and the 4x100m relay for GB in Holland on July 20-22.
South Cheshire College student Hayley said: 'I was very nervous because I put a lot of pressure on myself. I was in lane six and couldn't see anyone, so I had to run my own race. That helped.
'I'm excited. Running the relay at the World Junior Championships was big for me last year, but this will be even bigger because it is my first chance to compete as an individual for GB. I will be looking to get a medal.'
And Hayley has a good chance of a gong in the Dutch city of Hengelo. She is now top of the U20 GB rankings and fourth in Europe.
She will go in the 100m in the English Schools Championships on July 13-14 in Birmingham, and treat it as a warm-up for Holland.
Meanwhile, Crewe distance ace Stevie Stockton and Wrenbury hurdler Katey Read have not given up hope of earning their tickets abroad.
Stevie, 17, from Coppenhall, came a disappointing fifth in the U20 3,000m at Bedford. Suffering from a debilitating virus, she clocked 9mins 40.67secs - five seconds away from the European qualifying time she is more than capable of.
She set a pb of 9:34 earlier this month, but it was a mixed-sex race and is therefore not counted as a qualifier according to rules.
Now Stevie has been invited to run the 3,000m at a European Grand Prix event in Ireland on Saturday. She will either go there, or run a 1,500m in Watford, in a bid to make it to Holland.
She said: 'It was terrible. I can't sleep thinking about it. I wasn't feeling well, but I just had to try. I'm trying not to stress too much but I want to try to get the time I need.'
Katey, 21, will go even further afield in her bid to get the qualifying time for the U23 European Championships in Hungary on July 12-15.
She clocked a super pb of 13.54secs in qualifying for the 100m hurdles final, and got a silver medal in 13.64secs in the final.
But still a few tenths short of the Europeans qualifying time, she will travel to Switzerland for a race tomorrow.
Katey said: 'It was a good pb but I would have liked to have gone faster. I got a poor start in the final but pulled it back. I still have time. I have found a race in Switzerland so I shall go there and see what I can do'.
* Youngsters had a ball at the Cheshire Youth Games on Saturday.
The team from Crewe and Nantwich did not have a great deal of success at the event in Ellesmere Port, but they certainly enjoyed themselves.
Niall McGregor, of Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, said: 'It is a shame they didn't pick up more silverware for their efforts, but they played healthy, competitive sports in a safe environment, and had the time of their lives. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped.'
The 150-strong squad, aged nine-19, were among around 1,300 fellow competitors in teams from Congleton, Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston, Macclesfield and Vale Royal, and the Warrington unitary authority area.
They competed in a range of sports. The multi-skills team picked up silver medals and the fair play award, and the mini-tennis side won the fair play.
The Congleton side, which featured players from Sandbach, Alsager and Holmes Chapel, won the netball and tag rugby events.
* South Cheshire Harriers Mel Cole, Neil Jones, Shelagh Swinnerton, Mike Cutler and Cindy Morrissette took part in a 3.75m fell race at Macclesfield Forest on Thursday.