TEN rising stars from Chester and its surrounding areas will pull on the Cheshire vest at this weekend’s English Schools Track and Field Championships.

Matthew Sheen, Ross McCormick, Aidan Stoakley, Amy Williams, Kelly Baker, Alice McMahon, Olivia Montez-Brown, Alice Jennings, Jenni Potter and Danielle Bentley are part of the 35-strong county squad that heads to Gateshead tomorrow for the start of the big two-day event.

All of the athletes competing for Cheshire sealed their tickets to the north east with eye-catching performances at this month’s Mason Trophy in Birmingham.

Tarporley High School running ace Sheen was victorious at the Alexander Stadium and he will be looking to repeat the trick in the junior boys 800m.

Abbey Gate College’s McCormick lines-up in the junior boys 80m hurdles field while Upton-by-Chester High School student Stoakley will go for glory in the senior boys 100m.

The Queen’s School’s Williams, meanwhile, is out to add another medal to her bulging collection with success in the junior girls long jump.

Bishops’ Blue Coat High School’s Baker won silver at last year’s championships and is determined to go one better this time around in the intermediate girls shot.

McMahon is focusing her sights on success in the intermediate girls 100m while fellow Ellesmere Port Catholic High School student Montez-Brown will be out to impress in the intermediate girls 80m hurdles.

Chester Catholic High School’s Jennings will take part in the intermediate girls 300m hurdles and Neston High School’s Potter in the intermediate girls hammer, while Bentley will be targeting a medal in the senior girls javelin after claiming the North of England Under 20s title at Sportcity in Manchester earlier this month.