The final athletics competition of the year was that of The Nicky Morris Challenge. A competition designed just for girls, involving eighteen schools from across the county.
The minor girls’ team have enjoyed significant success this year in athletics and this competition proved to be equally as successful taking the minor girls title, five points clear of Presdales. Winning performances came from a number of athletes including Kayden Best (standing triple jump), Neve Bishop (800m), Amber Clark (discus), Davina Foster (long jump) and Georgie Wood (1500m) and the 4 x 100m relay team (Kayden Best, Bethany Esiore, Davina Foster and Iyanna Hamlin). Other members of the team included Libby Burton, Laura Hammond and Chloe Lock.
In the junior age group, the team compromised with a large number of Year eight pupils and three Year 9 girls’ finished in third place. Top three finishes included: Chelise Fleming (200m, 3rd), Ruby Olseen (hurdles and lng jump, 2nd), Ellie Oswick (discus, 2nd) and the 4 x 100m relay team of Chelise Fleming, Ezme Gladwell, Ruby Olseen and Zoe Wood (3rd).
The senior age group was made up of pupils from Year 10 – 13 who finished a very impressive second to Saffron Waldon High School. Outstanding performances came from pupils in various age groups and included: Janaya Best (200m, 2nd), Abby Clark (discus, 2nd), Emily Finch (javelin, 2nd), Amba Gooden (shot putt, 1st; 100m, 2nd), Stephanie Kushanu (400m, 2nd) and Grace Neville (300m hurdles, 3rd).
Well done to all pupils who competed throughout the day of athletics. As a team the girls’ finished in second place overall only. Each year the gap is narrowing with only twenty-six points behind the eventual winners, Presdales.