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4 May 2016

Athletics News

King’s had a busy weekend of athletics at the Somerset Schools Combined Events Championships recently.

Upper Sixth Form pupil James Slipper won the senior boys’ decathlon event, with good field events and an impressive 55 sec 400m.

Triumphing over a large field, Third Form pupil Ellie Carrow won the junior girls’ pentathlon. She was impressive in every event, achieving a number of personal bests.

There were also some good performances from Joe Messenger (5th out of 35 in the junior boys’ pentathlon); Tom Flavin, Abi White and Jemima Dufosee in the hurdles; Jess Wright in the shot and Emily Hardwick in the high jump.

Sixty more athletes took part in the event hosted by Blundell's School with impressive wins and performances from quite a number of King's pupils, including Aaron Chapman, Flo Keeling, Molly Smith, Charlotte Enright, Charlie Lavender and Jack Mead – the latter delivering the highlight of the day with a high jump of 1.80 metres after five jumps in only four minutes.

During the course of the past week athletes from King’s have also participated in a further three meetings.

Several track runners participated in races organised by Taunton School, with Charlie Lavender (800m) and Charlotte Enright (200m) the best King’s performers.

A far greater number then took part in the Millfield meeting with top three placings recorded by: Kyle Chan (high jump and 300m); Freddie Thornhill (a good personal best in the javelin); Brendon Reynolds (100m); Ellie Carrow and Katy Davy-Ericson (both in the shot); and Charlotte Enright (high jump),despite a heavy fall when leading in the hurdles.

There were wins for James Slipper (shot); Siji Abere in a very good long jump competition and Chloe Martin in both the long and triple jumps, in which she showed much promise.

Finally, at the British Milers Club festival meeting, only three King’s athletes attended and all came away with big personal bests: George Symonds, Molly Smith and Charlie Lavender.

The latter was then recruited to act as the pacemaker for the men’s 800 metre event that was run at national standard pace. He ran out of his skin, at his fastest 400m pace, puzzling some of the runners by his initial tactics, but towed all to best times of around 1 min 52 seconds – though he had pulled out way before the finish.

We look forward to welcoming a large number of prep school pupils from across the region as they participate in this year’s Prep School Athletics Festival, taking place on Sunday 8 May.

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