Local schools bid for national glory

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Three teams representing two local schools will bid for national glory on Saturday.

Bourne Grammar School have qualified in both female age groups at the English Schools Track and Field Cup while Spalding High School have reached the national final for the first time in their history in the junior boys age group.

Saturday is the second time Bourne Grammar School have managed to get two teams through to the national final.

Jasmine Allen was the star of the show for Bourne in the previous round when their junior girls qualified for Bedford with a convincing victory at Derby last month.

The 13-year-old’s best performance came when scoring 31 points – the highest at the meeting – for a 4.88m longjum.

She has since leapt further when going beyond five metres for the first time with a 5.02m effort that saw her add the Anglian Schools title to her Lincolnshire Schools success.

Bourne won by 44 points at Derby, points being awarded based on performance rather than position.

By contrast, Bourne’s inter girls left Derby thinking they had missed out on Bedford.

Initially announced as winners, it was then revealed a results mix-up meant they had in fact missed out by a point and they travelled home feeling very frustrated.

A further mix-up later emerged which meant they had squeezed into the final by two points and for many it will be their final chance to shine at this event.

Chloe Prentice produced the highest scoring individual performance at Derby with a 9.79m shot earning 27 points.

Lauren Brown scored more than 20 points in both of her events that day and should again score well on Saturday.

Again she is capable of scoring even more points as her best throw of 9.99m came when winning the Lincolnshire Schools title.

Sadly that effort fell an agonising one centimetre short of the English Schools Championshps so she missed out on a place at next week’s ‘Kids Olympics’ in Birmingham.

The Hughes twins produced the two highest-scoring events for Spalding High School at Derby, as they won by 28 points from Bourne.

William scored 28 points for a 24.4 200m but Charles pushed him close for that honour with two efforts that added 27 points to Spalding’s total.

He ran 12.3 in the 100m and threw the javelin 34.31m.

Cameron Cladd scored 20 points in both of his events last month, supporting Charles Hugh well with a 12.7 100m and leaping 4.89m in the long jump.