ATHLETICS: Spalding girls riding High

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Local schools shone in the first round of the 2013 English Schools Track and Field Cup Competition held at the Tommy Clay track.

Spalding High School won the intermediate girls competition to qualify for a place in one of the North Midlands regional finals to be held next month.

They scored a total of 238 points, which gave them a six-point advantage over Bourne Grammar School in second place. Highest points scorer was Jenny Smith, who contributed 39 from a 300m time of 46.9 secs (19) and a leap of 9.65m (20) in triple jump. 
University Academy Holbeach representatives claimed third position, with Sir John Gleed School fifth.

The junior boys’ competition was closely contested, with Bourne Grammar finishing on 292pts with both Spalding Grammar and Boston Grammar teams on 287pts. Kieran Hamilton starred for Spalding, scoring 25 points in the 300m (44.3secs) and 15 in the discus (21.31m).

In the junior girls’ section, Spalding High’s 265pts in second position was well short of Bourne Grammar’s winning score of 321pts. Three High girls contributed over 30 points, as Laura Van Lier (38) shone in the 200m (30.0secs) and high jump (1.38m), Ella Young (34) starred in the 75m hurdles (14.2secs) and long jump (4.10m) and Rosie Freeson (32) excelled in the 800m (2.38.1mins) and discus (12.85m).

Fifth place went to University Holbeach, with Sir John Gleed in sixth. Maddi Parkin (20pts) and Teegan Wheeler (21) were their top scorers.

University Academy Holbeach managed third in the intermediate boys group, but were 100 points behind winners Bourne Grammar.

Holbeach’s Brandon Matthews contributed 39 points from the hurdles (13.2secs) and high jump (1.62m), while Ben Stephens accrued a fine 23 points from a 12.17m shot effort.

Three points behind the Holbeach representatives, Spalding Grammar’s year nine and ten athletes in fourth position had Thomas Freson accumulating a magnificent 41 points through a 300m run (42.3secs) and a long jump leap of 5.05m.