Athletes Excel at East Area Prep Schools' Championships
Five of our Prep girls and two Senior boys put in sparkling individual and team performances to qualify for the National Championships in Birmingham this July.
During a (blue) sky-high standard afternoon at the East Area Prep Schools' Athletics Championships at the Bedford International Stadium on Thursday, there were some sparkling individual and team performances from our athletes. Five of our Prep girls and two of our Senior Second Form Boys qualified for the National Championships taking place at Birmingham's Diamond League-hosting Alexander Stadium at the beginning of July.
Leading the way was Daisy Coulson-Bascombe who took victory in the 200 metres after high drama in the final. After qualifying third-fastest in the heats, smashing her PB with 29.2 seconds, Daisy knew it would be tough to make the first-two-past-the-post criterion to be picked for the Nationals. Nonetheless, she put so much pressure on the favourite, who had broken our own Zoe Steele's meeting record in the heats, that it caused her opponent to fall on the dip with two metres remaining. Daisy surged through to snatch a last-gasp victory.... just!
Earlier in the day, Maddie Todd, already a national swimming champion, flowed elegantly around her 1500 metres to record another PB with 5 mins 23 secs - some 37 seconds inside the national qualifying standard. However, even more impressive, on a day of superb standards, was the victor who clocked an outstanding 5:12! That said, Maddie, like Daisy, will no doubt be training hard towards a high-place finish in Birmingham. Many congratulations to both girls.
Our girls 4x100m relay quartet (Daisy, Cate Fenton, Sadie Werrett and Anna Price) qualified second-fastest team in their heats after some good baton work. Motivated by the thought of making the National Finals, they went one tenth quicker in the final to fly home in an impressive 59.6 seconds. An excellent result!
Meanwhile, Daisy (4.03m), in the long jump for 3rd, and Captain Lucia Mosca (2mins 49secs PB), in the 800m for 4th, can count themselves unfortunate not to be making the trip to the Alexander Stadium - both achieved national-qualifying standards but miss out due to being outside the top two.
Anna Price ran to a huge PB in her 100m with 14.6 to come 2nd in her heat even if she could not match that performance in a super-fast final. Sadie Werrett (with another year in the age group) was a late replacement over the 70m hurdles and, with just two proper training sessions in the event, qualified for the final and acquitted herself technically very well. Definitely one to watch next year and, before then, in her own age group at the Eastern Championships in Cambridge next Tuesday. Watch this space....
Our boys rallied well too although, with Captain Guy Cubitt suffering a calf strain and unable to compete, confidence was rather dented in the ranks. That said, Edward Lawrence (1500m), Sam Evans (800m), Ben Hoy (100m) and the 4x100m squad (Sam, James Carswell, Ben Hopperton and Guy) will all have gained great experience for the trip.
Owen Brownston, who took the Eastern Schools' Cross Country title earlier in the year, added U14 1500m gold to his growing collection of major triumphs. Winding proceedings up with 250 metres to go, Owen's victory was secured in a super-fast 4 mins 40 seconds - breaking his personal best by six seconds. Meanwhile fellow Second Former Jack Hudson also finished strongly in his 300m sprint timing his acceleration off the bend to perfection and only denied by the width of a vest in almost catching his opponent on the line. Both athletes, as they did two years ago as Prep pupils, will also make the trip to Birmingham.