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The end of the Track and Field season for Schools athletics came with this year’s County Schools Championships, held this year at Milton Keynes with many Vale athletes taking part across all disciplines.  Age groups are split into 3, boys and girls for Year 7, Junior and Intermediate.

In the sprint events, there was great success for Tyanna Dale in the Junior Girls competition.  She not only won her 100m final to become County Champion, but the new personal best time of 12.8s which she ran to win her heat, also qualified her to run at the prestigious English Schools Championships to be held at Gateshead in July.  Carmen Williams who finished third in her heat to qualify for the final also ran a new PB of 13.6s.  Our Junior Boys competitor also medalled in the competition; after winning his heat, Korben Fenty took bronze in the 100m final in 11.9s.

In the Junior Girls’ 200m, Vale’s Lucy Perkins, Hannah Mabey and Carmen Williams were competing for their schools .  Lucy and Carmen both qualified for the final with new PBs, but unfortunately finished outside the medals.  Kira Dale, won bronze in the Year 7 event finishing in 14.7s.

Just one Vale hurdler took part, Alex Byrom in the Junior Boys 80m hurdles – he finished in bronze medal position in a time of 15:8s.

In the Intermediate age group, Bronwen Reed is the new County Champion at 300m with a winning run of 41.6s and Lee Richards just missed out on gold in the 100m final having won his heat.  He finished in silver medal position with a new PB of 11.3.

In the middle distance races, again success for Vale athletes.  In the Junior Boys 1500m, Max Perry finished in 2nd place with a run of 4.20.3 qualifying him to run at the ESAA Championships in Gateshead.  Max will be running the 1500m there, though he also has the qualifying time for 800m.  Matthew Rizzo Naudi also competed in the event as did Emily Johnson who finished with a PB if 5.25.6. 

Anna Cuthbert and Millie Carey both ran in the Year 7 800m event with Millie achieving a PB of 2:54:2 and our only other 800m runner on the day was Matthew Bird who ran in the Intermediate Boys event finishing in 2:20:7.

A lot of medals and personal best performances came our way in the field events, and we certainly had a great days’ jumping.  Vale now have 3 County Champions in the Pole Vault.  Alex Byrom won gold in the Junior Boys event with a PB jump of 2.4m; Charlotte Armitage won the Intermediate Girls with a PB of 2.2m and Lee Boyt is our third Champion winning the Intermediate Boys’ event with a 3.15m jump, also a PB. 

Jumping of a different kind brought more medals.  Kira Dale is the new County Long Jump Champion for the Year 7 age group with a leap of 4.17m which was a new PB, as was Millie Carey’s 2.66m jump.  In the older age groups, Lucy Perkins won silver with a PB of 4.69m with Carmel Williams close behind taking bronze with 4.6m. Lee Richards won his second medal of the day, a bronze in the Intermediate Boys’ Long Jump with a 5.59m leap.

Throws were also successful for our athletes.  Anna Cuthbert just missed out on a medal in the Year 7 Javelin; she finished 4th with a new PB of 10.93m.  Hannah Mabey also just missed a medal – her 4th spot PB throw for the Junior Girls was 7.38m.  However, Annabel Ralston won two medals – silver in the Intermediate Girls Discus throwing 18.18m and a bronze in the Hammer – 24.97m; both throws were new PBs for Annabel.

All in all this was a good day for Vale athletes.  Many congratulations to all those who took part and did their very best; it is always tough competing against the best in the area, but you all made your Club and Schools proud.  Congratulations too to Max Perry and Tyanna Dale for their selection to the Buckinghamshire squad headed to Gateshead where they will compete against the best in the country.

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