DORSET COUNTY SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS – 13 June 2009
This summer provided
another fine day for all the athletes and spectators on Saturday 13th
June for the county schools championships – not too much wind, but maybe
a bit warm for the middle/long distance runners.
For many this was the
culmination of a number of qualification events and a highlight of the
schools athletics programme this term, so to be selected to represent
their regions was a big achievement in itself.
Amongst the many
competitors at this event was a fair sprinkling of Wimborne AC talent
covering most of the age group categories and full results can be found
In the Year 7 age group we
had two athletes: Sharon Hutchings and Sam Lucas. Sharon came home with
a silver medal in the 800m, and Sam, whilst not medalling, came home
with two new PBs in the 100m and 800m. Coincidentally both Sam and
Sharon recorded exactly the same time as each other in the 800 – how
spooky is that?
The Junior age group saw
Abi Card, Hannah Winton, Alwyn Harries, Matt Curtis and Jack Snook
competing. Both the girls were jumping well: Abi vertically, equalling
her competition PB; and Hannah horizontally, having sorted her run up
out now. In fact the long jump competition was a very exciting one with
2nd, 3rd and 4th separated by just 4cm.
The boys fared extremely
well. Alwyn had been suffering a bit in the week preceeding the
competition, and whilst he didn’t medal, his times in the 100m and 200m
were only 0.1s outside his best. Matt came 2nd in the 80m
hurdles and 3rd in the high jump, attaining PBs in both
events. Jack had a superb day in the pole vault managing to win the
championship, but more importantly his PB performance exceeded the
English Schools qualifying standard. This performance currently ranks
him 1st equal in the South West, and 13th in the
We had two girls in the
Intermediate age group: Ellis Marples and Jenny Coombes. Jenny picked up
a PB in the 80m hurdles and Ellis managed to bag a bronze medal in the
Finally, in the Senior age
group, Maddy Vaughan-Johncey dominated the long hurdles event, taking
two and a half seconds off her previous PB to get the gold medal, and
followed that performance up with another PB in the 100m hurdles. This
time she was given 2nd place but with exactly the same time
as the winner.
I think you will agree it
was a good day for our Wimborne athletes at this event – well done to
all of you.