The senior athletics team travelled to Bedford for the East Area Athletics Championships in good heart after some impressive performances earlier in the term. At this competition only the top 2 in each event qualify for the national finals.

Ryan W was first up who had the added complication that both his chosen events were on at the same time however he threw and jumped well into 12th position in both events. Emily H ran very well to make the final of the hurdles, but had to run her 800m race just before this where she finished in 3rd place. Gracie C performed well in the 200m and then jumped into 5th place in the high jump. Lennon T did well too and narrowly missed out finishing 4th in the high jump and 3rd in the long jump. Joel F competed well in the hurdles and then jumped to 14th in the long jump. Ben M ran well in the 300m and jumped to 14th in the triple jump. Grace HK was terribly unlucky throwing beyond the furthest mark in both the shot put and the discus when unfortunately no-throwing. Trying to go for the win she then produced further no-throws which sadly eliminated her from a competition she could so easily have won. Issy M ran 5th in the 800m and jumped to 10th in the long jump. Danny W did well and was unlucky finishing 4th in the hotly contested shot put event. He went on to finish 3rd in the discus, again narrowly missing out. Alex S jumped well to finish 14th in the high jump and finished 6th in the discus. Edith D threw well to finish 5th in the shot put and 6th in the discus. Oscar M ran well in the 100m and then threw a big personal best to finish 3rd in the shot put.

However, it was La’Sean S who stole the show on the day winning the 100m in 13.2 seconds followed by winning the 200m in a highly impressive 24.7 seconds, breaking both the U13 and U14 School records!

Mr Martin was hugely impressed by all our athletes as the weather was awful all day. They all got wet but this did not deter them and our girls and boys still competed to the best of their ability. All were in good spirits, well behaved and a great credit to the School. There were so many athletes who got close to gaining a place at the national finals. We have a lot of great young talent coming through and the future looks very bright.

We all wish La’Sean all the best as he goes on to Birmingham for the National Prep Schools Athletics Finals looking to defend both his 100m and 200m titles!