21 Medals for Senior Athletics Team!
The ISA Regional Athletics Meet is the highlight of the athletic year for Alton School. An opportunity for our elite athletes to demonstrate on a regional stage just how competitive they are. It was by far the most successful Championships we have ever participated in and we returned with 21 medals and many personal best times making the day an amazing experience.
Our year seven girls team had success on the track and in the field. Each medal winning performance was very well earned. In the 800 metres, Safiya Husain ran the race of her life, leading all the way with an opponent on her shoulder timed her race perfectly and with 200 metres to go started to accelerate away and finished by sprinting down the straight, finishing in first place. Isla Lock demonstrated the same positive running in her 1500 metres and won her race in style. In the high jump Emma Boyson took the gold medal with a magnificent jump and she also achieved a bronze medal in the Hurdles, in her first competitive race. In the field events Sasha Roberts produced a good throw in the discus and won a silver medal, she then produced a fine put in the shot and was awarded a bronze medal also. In the javelin Issy Young produced a brilliant throw to take the silver medal.
The Year 10 girls also produced some amazing performances, Emily Killing ran an excellent 200 metres, achieving a personal best time and a silver medal. Anna Buckmaster ran a brilliant 800 metres and deserved her bronze medal, she then went straight over to the discus and threw over 19 metres and took the gold medal. Charlotte Prince was very brave in the hurdles as in her previous race she had clipped the penultimate hurdle and crash landed. However, she was very determined to complete the race and she did winning a bronze medal.
The year 8 and 9 team were the most successful team on the day, collating 11 medals between them. Sienna Cowle achieved a bronze medal in the shot put. Rose FitzGerald won silver in both the long jump and in the 200 metres, both events were so close to her reaching the top award. In the high jump Beth Thorpe was just two centimetres short of her personal best and came away with a silver medal. In the 75 metres hurdles Beth not only won a very close race but her time set a new championship record. Jemima Hodges ran her best ever 800 metres achieving a personal best time and set a new championship record. In the final event for the U15 the girls completely annihilated the opposition in the relay, winning in style and setting another championship record. All winners of their events are through to the National finals in Birmingham. A totally amazing day.
Our Year 7 boys also competed and we saw some great performances on the day. Harrison Willis won a bronze medal and recorded a PB in the 70m Hurdles in what was his first competitive hurdles race. Other personal bests were clocked up by Alex Lardides and Will Maher in the 100m and 200m respectively, shaving ver a second off their previous records.
Another highlight ws the boys’ 4x100m relay team (Callum Beetham, Will Maher, Victor Vanni and Alex Lardides) narrowly missed out on a medal spot, finishing less than a second behind third placed Shedfield School. Overall the boy’s showed much promise and with three more athletic events left in the calendar they are sure to see more success in the coming weeks.