Five athletes with Midlands connections are in the first wave of names to be selected in the Great Britain team to travel to Beijing for the world junior championships next month.
Leading the way are Birch-field Harriers. The Perry Barr club have had three of their most promising performers selected, followed by high jumper Jessica Leach, of Dudley & Stourbridge. Grant Baker - a Leicester Coritanian who also competes for Birchfield - completes the line-up.
Perhaps the most high-profile is long jumper Amy Harris, who at aged 19 is ranked No 3 in the country behind Kelly Sotherton and Jade Johnson and who won the AAA Under-20 trial with a personal best last weekend.
She is joined by the athlete she beat in Bedford last Sunday, Jade Surman, who goes in the heptathlon, and 400 metres runner Robert Davis who is in the relay squad.
Leach, who also won in Bedford - where she equalled her personal best of 1.82m - will also go to China after a season in which she has consistently jumped over 1.80m.
Baker will make the trip with great confidence having claimed his age group title last weekend but, more spectacularly, finishing fifth in the senior AAA in Manchester the week before.
UK Athletics' Under-20 team leader Martin Rush said: "The selection criteria for these championships were set at a level to ensure that the Great Britain athletes could be competitive at a top-eight or world final level.
"Therefore, it was pleasing to see a number of those named in today's team achieve those marks with regularity this season and further stamp their authority on those places with winning performances at the trials. Further selections will be made next weekend and announced on Tuesday, August 1."
The UK Challenge Throws-fest, which takes place in Birmingham on Saturday, is shaping up to be the biggest competition of its type held in the UK, with prize-money totalling £6,000.
Entries have closed and final names include Commonwealth champions Nick Nie-land and Sotherton plus a former Olympic champion Kamila Skolimowska.
Sotherton and one-lapper Helen Karagounis will compete in this country today at the Loughborough European Permit meeting.
Karagounis will be looking to improve on her best time of the year in the 400m in the hope that she can force herself into contention for the European Championships in three weeks. Sotherton will go in the 200m as she continues her preparations to take on world and Olympic champion Carolina Kluft in Gothenburg.
Meanwhile, Jade Johnson is under no illusions of how hard it will be to overcome a kidney problem and gain the long jump qualifying standard for next month's European Championships.
Johnson, second on her Euro debut four years ago, knows she faces a daunting challenge at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix on Friday in her last opportunity to impress the selectors by hitting the UK Athletics elite standard in her home training base at Crystal Palace.
The 26-year-old Londoner said: "Unless something disastrous happens, I'll be there."
Johnson, who underwent a test on her kidneys last week and is still awaiting the results, added: "I'll be 100 per cent thinking about getting the qualifier and even if I come last but do it, I'll be happy. I have one goal in my mind and that is jumping 6.65m. It's my last chance and I hope it will be my day."