15 Jul 2019
South Students sit at the top table in athletics

Following on from great success for several South students in the cross country season, attention turned to the track and field just after Easter. The long journey to prove themselves against the best at the Districts, Counties and two national competitions has proved yet again the pedigree of several of our talented athletes.

It started back when several south students performed very well at the Ryland Centre making them some of the best in the district and chosen by the District Team Managers to compete at the County Schools Championships in Worcester.

These included Amelia Bourne (year 9), who leapt to long jump selection at the district and then represented the Bromsgrove and Droitwich Schools at the County Championships. In terrible conditions for jumping she leapt to a creditable 4m 69 cm finishing 4th by just 4cm slightly down on her seasons best of 4m 83cm. She just missed out on selection for the Mason Trophy.

Owen Dyson (year 9) was similarly successful at districts and at the county Championships in Worcester had a storming run through the heats to the final where he finished 4th, with 5 tenths of a second separating the first 4. Owen set a massive PB of 12.8 seconds.

George Roke (year 9) in the High jump leapt to success at the Districts and finished 6th at the County Championships with a leap of 1m 50cm. If he had not failed once at an earlier height he would have finished 2nd such were the small margins of medal success on the day. In the conditions, this was a fantastic performance.

Esme Ranger (year 9), having won the districts finished second at the County Championships in the 800m running 2.31.4. This medal brought her consideration for the Mason Trophy and the ESSA National Championships in and incredibly competitive event. She gained selection to the Mason Trophy and ran a seasons best of 2.24.13 in an incredibly fast race this was slightly outside the junior girls entry standard for the ESSA National Championships.

Three of our athletes went one better than this though. Lilly Saxon (year 10) in her first year as an intermediate girl won the districts 800m in 2.22.0 and the 1500m in 5.03.6. She was selected for Mason Trophy at the Alexander Stadium for the 800m and won her race 2.16.71 meaning she gained selection for the ESSA national championships again at the Alexander Stadium. She ran a seasons best in her 800m heat of 2.16.40 just missing out on progressing to the final. This bodes well for next year, her second year as an intermediate.

Two of our Senior Students also progressed through districts and counties to national competition. Good friends at their athletics club they've both had mixed starts to their seasons whilst chasing the qualifying times for their events.

Stewart Greenhalgh (year 12) started the year running and training for 400m before discovering he had a knack for 100m and 200m as well and choosing to concentrate on the 200m late in the season. This proved an inspired choice with Stewart cruising through the districts, and the County Championships finishing a double gold medallist in the 100m and 200m at County. He went to ESSA National Championships in the 200m having broken 11 seconds in the 100m and 22 seconds in the 200m. In an event that he only been concentrating on for a matter of months he got through the fastest heat of the day running 21.97 to make the final. The final he was separated from a medal by only half a second running 22.05 at the end of a punishing day. Stuart also won the senior boys combined events at the county championships making it a very successful year.

Stewarts athletics club team mate Will Thorley (year 12) qualified for the ESSA National Championships having set an incredible 400m hurdles time at the Midland Counties Senior Club Championships of 56.17 in Nuneaton. Fast enough to win his race and be crowned Midlands Champion. In the heats at the National Championships he ran a creditable 57.69 in his heat, qualifying for the final. In the final he ran a seasons best 55.90 missing out on the bronze medal by 0.34 of a second. Completing an incredible season for him.

Yet again we can be very proud of our students and their achievements in what is an incredibly challenging and very competitive environment. We at South would like to say a huge thank you to the local athletics team that support our athletes, in particular Pete Worth, who is a constant support with information and attending of competitions.

Mr Law