Brentwood School’s Junior and Inter Girls’ athletics teams stormed to fourth and seventh positions at the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup Final, held on Saturday 4th July, at the Bedford International Stadium. It was the seventh year in a row that the School has been represented at the finals with the Inter Girls finishing in second position last year.
The Junior Girls started the day on the track with Mia Skipper running an impressive time of 13.3seconds on the hurdles. Sarah Blockley and Amelia Moule both had a solid race in the 1500m despite the intense heat scoring 20 and 19 points respectively. Performances of the morning came in the 200m with Abi Coe scoring 23 points and Mia Citroen 20 points.
While the Juniors were on the track, the Inter Girls battled it out on the field against some formidable opposition. Ashley Chalmers got the day off to a bright start, jumping 1.41m in the high jump. Beth Sullivan had yet another solid performance on the javelin with a throw of 31.78m scoring 29 points. In the shot, Cidney Payton scored 23 points with a throw of 9.02m while on the triple jump Zoe Thompson put in yet another impressive performance with a jump of 11.05m, scoring an incredible 32 points. After a strong morning in the field, the Inters were placed fourth before the commencement of track events in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, the Junior Girls moved onto the field. Elizabeth Olaiya and Zara Phillips both cleared 1.32m in the high jump, scoring 18 points each. Abi Coe and Anna Reeves were also impressive in the long jump with Abi jumping 4.57m and Anna 4.07m. Over at the Shot, Amelia Carnaby-Hayes scored a fantastic 25 points with a throw of 8.85m, she was backed up by Emma Philpot who scored 20 points with her throw of 7.87m. After a shaky start on the discus with a couple of no throws, Mia Skipper and Faith Rufai handled the pressure to score 22 points each. Finally on the Javelin, younger Sullivan sister Katie threw 23.25m and Amelia Moule 22.26m.
Meanwhile on the track the Inter Girls had a solid start with Beth Sullivan running 13.7seconds in the hurdles. This was followed by an equally impressive time of 5minutes 14seconds in the 1500m for Emily Pohl. Megan Lee saved her best performance for the National Final and against tough opposition ran a time of 13.8seconds in the 100m. Zoe Thompson was next in the 300m and ran a season’s best time of 42.1 seconds, scoring 28 points. Lucy Wilde was the last individual event on the track in the 800m and finished in style with a time of 2minutes 26 seconds, scoring 24 points.
The day culminated with the relays. The Inter Girls’ team was up first and produced a season’s best performance of 56.9seconds scoring 18 points. Following that, the Junior Girls got the baton safely round in a time of 59.3seconds, adding 17 points to the team score.
When the final results were totalled the Junior Girls finished in fourth position and the Inter Girls in seventh. Miss Jenny Farrow, Head of Academic PE, said: ”To have both teams finishing in the top ten in the country yet again is a highly impressive achievement and testament to the hard work that both athletes and staff had done since the start of the season.
“Thank you to everyone that has supported Brentwood School athletics this season. We now look forward to a well-deserved break before starting our campaign for the National Finals again next year!”