Six Princethorpe College athletes took top ten positions against stiff competition in the National Independent Schools Cross Country Championships hosted by Princethorpe College on March 2.
A field of 560 runners from Year 5-13 representing London North, London South, London West, the North, East Anglia and the Midlands competed for age group titles
Bright, warm conditions greeted the runners who had recently qualified to represent the Midlands in the regional Championships held at Bedstone College in January.
Princethorpe College’s U14 girls Eugenia Bessey and Mollie Dibb battled hard to finish in 9th and 10th respectively. Bessey, who has been suffering with a knee injury, dug deep to hold off team mate Mollie in the final stages of the 2,500 metre race. The year 7 girls were praised for their efforts by Princethorpe College Athletics Coach Miss Sarah Cockayne.
She said: “The girls really proved how determined and strong they were.
“Competing against older runners didn’t seem to faze them as they held their nerve right to the line.”
The U14 boys’ race saw Princethorpe College’s Mikey Redmile take a brave 8th place. Mikey, who was caught up in a pack of runners, sustained his pace and kicked hard with the line in sight.
Just behind him was Year 7’s Matthew Rush coming home in 10th position.
Year 9’s Ella Bromley led a controlled race staying with the lead pack through her 2850metre race.
Breaking away down the final hill Ella couldn’t quite keep with speed of the two athletes ahead. Ella took third place and was the first Midlands girl home.
Miss Cockayne added: “Ella is improving all the time. Her commitment and race skills set her apart on the field.
“She ran a gutsy race against girls who are a year her senior.”
In the final event of the afternoon Princethorpe’s Harry Hughes took a magnificent 3rd place.
The U18 boys ran the longest distance of the day but Hughes took this in his stride as he maintained his position throughout the 4500 metres. One of the youngest competitors in the race, Hughes is to be commended for his fitness and resilience.
The Princethorpe Foundation team also consisted of the following Midlands qualifying athletes: Grace McGrory (Junior 5) 42nd, Ross Curtis ( Junior 5 ) 57th,Caitlin Mills ( Year 8) 25th, Heather Crogan Miksch ( Year 7) 40th, Daniel Dziurzynski ( Year 8 ) 32nd, Will Stone ( Year 8) 35th, Mollie Huighes ( Year 9) 28th,Chris Wyburn Powell ( Lower Sixth) 18th
Pictured above left are: back row from left, Matthew Rush, Caitlin Mills, Ella Bromley, Mollie Hughes, Mike Redmile; front row from left Grace McGrory, Mollie Dibb, Eugenia Bessey, Heather Crogan-Miksch