ATHLETICS: Princethorpe College

Princethorpe medallists
Princethorpe medallists

Dozen medals from ISA Nationals is best ever

Princethorpe College athletes returned to the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, with a bang to take part in the ISA National Championships. As the largest school team representing the Midlands area Princethorpe’s 25 qualifiers competed across six track and four field events.

Princethorpe struck gold in five events with Year 7’s Harry Smith storming to victory in the 100 metres. A second gold swiftly followed in the shot put with Smith effortlessly out-classing the field with a throw of 10.42m. Class mate Sam Whittaker came good in the 200 metres sprint showing real grit by coming an impressive second. Louis Smith completed the triple line up of Year 7 medals with a fine javelin throw of 29 metres earning him a national gold.

Warwickshire Boys’ County Champion hurdler Lloyd Ellis broke the Year10/11 competition by ripping through the final barrier and pushing to the line to take gold in the100 metres. Ellis also came third in the high jump clearing 1m 60.Frustratingly short by just one centimetre in the long jump Year 9’s Joe Connell leapt an impressive 5m 32 to take silver.

The girls’ events racked up the tension with some nail-biting finishes. Leading from the gun Year 8’s Eugenia Bessey looked supreme as she skirted the first lap ahead of the field in the 800 metres. Fending off an attempted coup down the home straight Bessey retaliated and held on for gold. Year 10’s Ella Bromley had a fight on in the inter girls 800 metres and despite trying to kick home had to settle for silver. Likewise Year 8’s Mollie Dibb looked in contention shoulder to shoulder with the front pack in the 1500 for the first three laps. Unable to find an exit through the leading girls Mollie fought hard to take a well-earned bronze.

In the girls’ 200 metres Chelsea Kempton (Year 10) demonstrated her fabulous bend running. Chasing down an incredibly quick eventual winner of the race from London West Chelsea settled for a fine bronze.

As the day came to a close the Year 9 girls’ relay team kicked into action. With four athletes representing Princethorpe it was Reanne Popham who flew off the start line passing to Millie Christie. Into the final handover between Izzy Powell and Millie Johnson Princethorpe was a vest’s breadth ahead before the majestic might of the same London West sprinter outpaced Johnson who quite literally hurled herself over the line to win the girls a silver medal.

With a total medal tally of twelve Princethorpe College Director of Sport Mr Neil McCollin commented,

“This has been Princethorpe’s best ever Nationals. Some superb pb’s were achieved reflecting the fruits of an excellent season’s training.”