World Junior bronze medal winner Meghan Beesley has been named in the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Under-23 Championships in Kaunas this month.

The 400 metres hurdler earned the call up to Lithuania despite finishing third at the trials in Bedford last weekend behind top ranked European Under-23 Perri Shakes Drayton and rising star Eilidh Child.

The 19-year-old Beesley is one of five Birchfield Harriers in the 52-strong squad which competes between July 16-19.

Team-mate Brett Morse, currently senior British No 1, competes in the discus, while Luke Lennon Ford has made it into the 4x400m squad.

Beesley also runs in the relay while Eden Francis doubles up in the shot and discus and national No 2 Jessica Leach, off the back of her personal best a fortnight ago, goes in the high jump.

Birmingham University’s Alison Leonard will compete in the 800m, after winning the trial.

Leonard won a silver medal over 800m at the IAAF World Youth Championships in 2007 and finished fourth at last year’s IAAF World Junior Championships.

UKA have also included World Junior 1,500m champion Stephanie Twell (Aldershot, Farnham & District), former World Junior 100m champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton & District).

John Trower, team leader said: “We have a very strong team of athletes who are ranked well in Europe, along with a good team of coaches. I’m excited about our prospects and I hope we can match or exceed our medal haul in previous years.”