Year 7 Athletics Team are 'District Champions'!!

The Year 7 athletics season came to a close yesterday at Canterbury High School with the Year 7 Festival.  It had been a long awaited event with girls training every Monday after school since the start of the summer term in anticipation of being selected to represent the school.

Our athletes that had already experienced athletics competition by being part of our successful Super 8 team performed beyond all expectations and simply blew the opposition off the track. Darcie Maple (captain) has been crowned County 100m Champion in June at the Kent Schools Championships moved over to the 200m so we could make good use of her endurance. She was placed first by a comfortable 3 metres. Keira Marks who is fantastic on the track has taken a shine to high jump and had a PB (personal best) of 1.25m going into the competition – she jumped 1.41m yesterday and sprinted to tell me with the most amazing smile on her face.  She jumped higher than the first placed boy. Katherine Lindsay was our long jumper and has been jumping consistently well at around 3.80m. To have a Year 7 girl jump 4m in Year 7 is beyond expectation and we would expect a jump that far to likely be the winning jump. Katherine jumped 4.27m – utterly amazing and well deserved considering her commitment to athletics this year. She equalled the first placed boy! Throwing the javelin for us was Jemima Mohan. Jemima had shown great talent in her first javelin lesson and has been having extra coaching on a Friday lunchtime at her request as she was so keen to do well. On occasions Jemima will ‘no throw’ as the javelin does not land tip first and it really was a risk asking her to throw for school but that risk more than paid off. She threw 19m, an outstanding throw and won!

Finding distance athletes for the team was a challenge as we seem to have a whole year group of sprinters. Henny Jeer stepped into the frame for the 800m having not run that distance before but we were totally confident in her ability to do well, and she did. Henny ran a steady first lap and was half way through the pack as she started the second lap. She dug in deep and slowly started to pick off the other runners to come in 2nd place with a great time of 2.59 seconds.  Ciara Connors literally stepped into the team at the last minute to run the 1500m and ran an outstanding race. She came in 3rd place and we were all over joyed for her. Millie Hoad ran the 100m and came 5th in the final. She was a little disappointed with this placing as her heat time was the 3rd fastest that afternoon however we were so very proud of her for making it into the final! Lily Barnes was our discus thrower who had only learnt to throw two weeks ago so for her to win the competition was just fantastic and in typical Lily fashion – she took it all in her stride!

The final event of the afternoon was the 4x100m relay. I knew that on paper this should be a straight forward win as we had Eve Seerey, a fantastic sprinter who had taken 2nd place in the shot put that afternoon and was desperate to get on the track and sprint, Darcie Maple, (county champ), Keira Marks – another incredibly quick girl and Katherine Lindsay who has just got stronger and stronger all season - but anything could go wrong with the relay changeovers. Having won their heat comfortably and seeing their incredibly quick time I could sit back and actually enjoy watching the final. I set the girls a target of not only winning but beating the first placed boys which would follow straight after their race. Keira running last leg brought home the baton with at least a 15m lead and was given the time of 56.33s. Simon Langton Boys won their race with a time of 56.89s – target achieved! The team were placed first by 33 points and were crowned District Champions. We have some unbelievable talent in Year 7 and cannot wait to see the girls and many more compete on Sports Day. Miss Creaney