Three teams through to national cup final

Spalding Grammar School athletes who reached the English Schools Track and Field Cup Final.
Spalding Grammar School athletes who reached the English Schools Track and Field Cup Final.
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Spalding Grammar School are through to their first English Schools Track and Field Cup Final after a superb performance in Derby on Thursday.

Their junior boys team made it through to Bedford after winning the North Midlands regional final by 28 points from Bourne Grammar School.

Bourne Grammar School athletes.

Bourne Grammar School athletes.

It was a day of mixed emotions for Bourne, who made the regional final in all four age groups for the first time.

Their junior girls were in superb form to win by 44 points while their inter girls also made it to Bedford but suffered emotional torture along the way.

They were initially announced as winners on the day only for a results error to come to light which indicated they missed victory by a single point.

They returned home dejected only to later learn of another results mix-up which meant they had won after all.

Team manager Jackie Mohan said: “It was an emotional rollercoaster. There were tears and anger on the day after being told they had won, and then that they hadn’t, but I am delighted that we now have two teams through.”

Bourne’s inter boys also went close, finishing third but just seven points behind the winners.

No such frustration for Spalding team manager Chris Crane after the Hughes twins starred in their victory.

Charles scored 54 points thanks to a 12.3 100m and a 34.31m javelin, with William scoring 50 points with a 24.4 200m and a 1.56m high jump.

“We are really proud of the boys for their achievements,” said Crane.

“We are under no illusion that this will be a massive task for the students in the final as there are some fantastic schools going.

“We are just concentrating on our performance and improving our overall score and will then worry about where we finish.

“It will be a brilliant opportunity for these students, and shows the changing status of athletics in the school.”

Jasmine Allen, a Nene Valley Harriers clubmate of the Hughes twins, amassed 57 points for Bourne’s victorious junior girls team.

She ran 27.3 in the 200m and leapt 4.88m in the long jump.

Lauren Brown scored 48 points for the inter girls, improving her five-day-old triple jump PB to 10.32m and clocking 27.3 in the 200m.

Chloe Prentice followed up the defence of her Lincolnshire Schools shot title with a fine 9.79m as Bourne performed well.