A Summer of Track and Field
As the summer stretches out, and with the athletics calendar in in full flow, our athletes have been out enjoying success in a variety of track and field events.
Before half term, the team headed to Millfield for the 10 Schools Athletics Competition, where both the girls’ and boys’ junior teams won (accumulated points). This was the first time the event has been staged in almost two years, so was well attended by schools from across the region.
Grace F captained the girls’ team leading by example and showing great focus and determination to win the shot put and high jump events, coming a close 2nd in the 200m. She supported the less experienced athletes by giving advice and support, and encouraging them to 'just do your best and think positively!'
Flo D-C also put in a strong performance in the high jump, 200m and relay, while King's also won the relay event. Congratulations to all members of the junior team for their positivity and effort throughout the day.
Our senior girls’ team also performed well finishing 3rd overall on 63 points. Strong performances came from Anna B, who won the 400m and 200m events, and Lucy D who came 4th in the 800m. Alice A and Samia S worked really hard all afternoon to compete in as many field events as they could to gain extra points for the team.
The junior boys contingent were buoyant and plentiful, with King's having fifteen competing in the team. Captained by Tom B, who completed five events over the afternoon, there were numerous good performances and endeavours. Notable performances came from Declan T (100m - 11.7s), Josh C (800m - 2m5.1s) Tom B (javelin - 44.94m), Archie S (long jump - 5.88m), and Cameron W (1500m - 4m50.1s). Of particular note is that the U16 boys managed to get two complete relay teams out for the 4x100m, with one of them winning in 48.5s. The U15 team won the day, and the U16 team finished third.
The senior boys were a more slimline squad, though no less industrious, captained by Harry B. Charlie G flew over hurdles for the first time in two years in 16.1s, slowed only by a hard contact with the 5th barrier. Ed S competed in five events, earning the 'man of steel award', with solid performances in the 100m, long jump, discus and triple jump. An impressive 200m from Henry H rewarded him with a time of 23.75s. The U17 relay gave a good showing, coming second in 48.5s.
Max W had two good performances, using the 400m as a primer to aid his victory in the 1500m (4m17.9s). Harry B ran his first 100m and 200m races for two years, and was helpful in assisting new pupils in their endeavours. The U17M team finished second, and the U20M fifth.
More recently, our elite performers competed at the Somerset Schools Championships athletics track in Yeovil, and in Exeter at the Devon Championships.
With some truly wonderful, and much overdue, fine weather, our athletes were on top form. At the Somerset Schools event there was a plethora of high quality performances, with Ben C underlining his national status in the discus, after adding eight metres to his own school record in the hammer, also achieving a fine national ranking. He was challenged by Anna B, who stormed to two emphatic wins in both the 200m and 300m, again highly placed in the current national rankings.
Making their debuts were Josh C in the 400m hurdles, Grace F in the 300m hurdles, Ed Shirley in the pole vault, and Sam C in the 800m, all winning their events with excellent performances, Sam after a gut-busting duel which improved his personal best by two seconds. Kiano K was delighted to record his best effort in the high jump. In Exeter, Tom B won his javelin event in a comprehensive manner, despite a suspected and painful broken finger.
Attending the Five Schools fixture, a friendly event at The Castle School athletics track in Taunton (the third such event this term), the bulk of the club gave some sterling performances. High points came appropriately in the high jump, with Will K and Flo D-C gradually putting their training to good use, while Mudia E (200m), James P-C (1500m), Eve R (100m), Archie S (long jump), Will K (javelin), and Alice A (javelin) all topped the results in their respective events.
In the English Schools Athletics Cup match, another event held at Millfield, our junior boys pushed the hosts all afternoon, finishing as runners up out of the six schools, and recording one of our highest ever scores. Our much depleted girls also acquitted themselves well.
Highest scorers on the day were Skye F, Ruby B-K, Flo D-C and Lexie W, while for the boys, Declan T, Thomas B, Will K were very good, with the start turn being Josh C, who is probably giving older brother Sam pause for thought over 800m!
Alongside these successes, we have eight athletes who have been selected to represent Somerset at the
upcoming South-West Regional Combined Events Championships:
Will, Mudia E – Junior Boys Pentathlon
Skye F - Junior Girls Pentathlon
Henry H, Charlie G, Edward S – Intermediate Boys Octathlon
Grace F – Intermediate Girls Heptathlon
Abby H – Intermediate Girls 3000m Race Walk
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