Friday, 10 February 2012

Year 7 Boys Triumph at Lancashire Indoor Athletics Final

On Tuesday 7th February the Year 7 Boys Athletics Team travelled to Blackpool Sports Centre for the Lancashire Indoor Athletics Finals.  The boys qualified as a result of winning the Preston Schools event earlier this term and were the area representatives competing against 12 other districts from across the County, including Blackburn with Darwen, Chorley, Blackpool, South Ribble and Lancaster to name a few.  

The team of 6 competed in a multitude of events including the Shot, Standing Tripple Jump, Speed Bounce, Standing Long Jump, Vertical Jump, a 4x1 lap obstacle relay, 4x2 lap relay, 2 lap sprint, 4 lap, 6 lap, and an 8 lap paarlauf. 

The competition began with the obstacle relay in which we came fourth.  We then moved on to the field event in which the team excelled.  Jordan Cooper took 2nd place in the indoor shot with a massive 8m 30 putt, Josh Baron came 3rd in the standing long jump with a distance of 2m and Team Captain, Will Burrow, won the vertical jump with a fantastic 58cm leap.  In the field events we competed in a total of 10 events and we were in the top 5 in all 10 competitions.  Back on the track we started a little slower but kept ourselves in the competition.  Then Will Burrow pulled off a great 3rd place in the 6 lap race.  This was quickly followed with a 1st position from Brendan Loughran and Josh Baron in the 8 lap paarlauf.  We then finished with the 4x2 lap relay and our speed merchants were out in force.  Jordan Cooper, Will Burrow, Josh Baron and Jake Whitlock all put in a tremendous shift against some very quick individuals but at the end of the race the team finished in 2nd place. 

All we could do now was wait for the results.  Team members sat  in the stand nervously awaiting their fate,  listening to the results being announced  in reverse order. Before we knew it we realised we were in the top 4, and then the top 2.  To our great delight our team finished with a staggering 365 points and were crowned the Lancashire Indoor Athletics Champions ahead of Baines School who were some 19 points behind us.  

The team now go onto the North West Finals on the 28th March. 

Congratulations and good luck.
Mr Marquis


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