Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH GIRLS WIN FIRST ROUND OF ENGLISH SCHOOLS U15 TRACK AND FIELD CUP

Athletes in Years 9 and 10 travelled to Stanley Park Athletics Arena in Blackpool on Wednesday 10th May to compete in the first round of the National Schools Track and Field cup.

On a day when team points mattered more than individual success the athletes rose to the occasion, tackling events outside of their comfort zone and giving their all for the team cause; especially those who stepped in at the last minute.

The Year 9 athletes must also be commended for stepping up and competing outside of their usual age group; not only participating but proving so competitive in the process. 

The girls came out on top of their standings to win comfortably, with the boys just pipped into second in a very close competition; only 4 points separating them from fourth.

As a result, the girls progress through to the Northern round, with the boys awaiting further results to progress. Notable individuals contributing to the team were as follows:

Elle Heathcote: 42 points
Holly Dale: 41 points
Ben Burridge: 40 points
Natasha Cookson: 40 points

The event highlight of the day went to the girls 800m, with both Natasha Cookson and Alex Duckitt significantly rewriting their personal bests in a very competitive race. 

This event follows successful outings to HMC Athletics at Gateshead and County Championships in Whitehaven the previous week. Sprint and hurdles coach and History teacher, Chris Wakeford, a former GBR 400m hurdler, accompanied the teams to two of these events.

He said: “I am incredibly proud of the individual and team performances we have seen over the last two weeks. The students see the value of every point and how individual efforts pay off for the team. We have a dedicated team who turn out for early morning sprint, plyometric and conditioning sessions who are always eager to push their own limits and strive for new personal bests.

The team spirit is very strong and we are delighted with the progress being made. At Blackpool last week, we saw some outstanding individual performances but it was ultimately the strength in depth of the squad which allowed Sedbergh to top the standings, so a huge congratulations go to all who performed so competitively for the Sedbergh team.”

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