Both the Junior Boys and Inter Boys teams from Spalding Grammar School performed fantastically well at the ESAA Regional Finals.
The Junior Boys (Year 7 and 8) competed in the Regional B Final in Grantham.
There were some outstanding performances with Jack Roffe (46 points), Connor Bell (40) and William Wand (40) all scoring excellent points in their two events.
Jack Roffe’s shot put was the stand-out result with his throw of 11.93 metres achieving a huge 26 points.
The team achieved an excellent score of 371 points, which was a massive improvement on their round one score of 299 and put them in second place on the day.
The outstanding progress that these boys made was highlighted during the Junior Boys Regional A final the next day.
The winning score in this event was 374, just three points ahead of the SGS score, meaning this group have proven themselves to be the third strongest athletics team in the North Midlands region.
The Inter Boys (Year 9 and 10) competed in the Regional A Final in Derby with only the top eight schools in the region competing.
The team were going into the event ranked in fourth position with a score of 408 points.
This compared to the top ranked school, QEGS Ashbourne, who had scored 450 points in their round one event.
The 14 Spalding students had trained fantastically well over the previous two months, with many of them attending training sessions every lunch-time.
There were a number of brilliant performances throughout the day with seven of the team scoring more than 20 points in at least one event.
There were a number of students who performed well across both of their events, including Oliver Green (39 points), Manuel Agyemang (39), Jack Baker (43), Charles Hughes (45), William Hughes (50).
Perhaps the highlight of the day was William Hughes’ performance in the 200m race. He ran superbly well and clocked a time of 22.7 seconds, which scored the team a huge 30 points.
At the end of the competition the organisers needed more time to verify the results, so the students had to wait patiently to find out if they had made it through to the national final.
After an agonizing wait, the results eventually came through and Spalding had missed out by 13 points with a score of 456 – an improvement of 48 points on their round one showing.
QEGS Ashbourne had also improved on their round one score to achieve a total of 469 points.
Next year Spalding will be targeting two Regional A finals with a good chance to reach the national final in at least one of these.