County success means Princethorpe will be out in force at National Champs

Princethorpe College’s track and field athletes achieved an unprecedented 24 first places at the Independent Schools’ Association’s Midlands Athletics Championships to secure the county title.
Princethorpe Colleges successful Midlands Athletics Championships squad.Princethorpe Colleges successful Midlands Athletics Championships squad.
Princethorpe Colleges successful Midlands Athletics Championships squad.

After the scores from across the age groups were combined, Princethorpe finished ahead of 23 schools from the region at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, success college director of sport Neil McCollin described as “outstanding”.

The Year 7 boys dominated events to take the overall age group title.

Harry Smith used his strength to win the 100m in 13.5sec, gained gold in the shot (9.28m) and also brought home the victorious relay team alongside Callum Cooke (javelin gold), James Crabtree, ( hurdles gold) and Sam Whittaker.

The Year 8 and 9 boys also won their age group on the back of middle distance successes for Matty Rush in the 800m and Mikey Redmile in the 1500m.

There was plenty of excitement in the Year 10 boys’ events with Lloyd Ellis the standout competitor.

A recent switch from 400m to hurdles proved a wise decision with a time of 15.7sec earning him a gold to go with his high jump medal of the same colour.

The Year 8/9 girls also dominated the middle distance events with Eugenia Bessey and Mollie Dibb winning the 800m and 1500m, respectively.

Izzy Powell was delighted with her hurdles victory as was Reanne Popham who cleared 1.3m to win the high jump.

Chelsea Kempton stormed to gold in the 200m (28.2) for the senior girls with Charlie White runner-up in the 100m (13.9).

Further wins for Caitlin Mills in the 300m, Ella Bromley in the 800m and Izzy Heathcote in the 1500m assured the girls of the team age group victory.

“What we saw on the track and field were class acts,” added McCollin.

“The speed, skills and fitness of all our competitors made this an extraordinary team event.

“We will be taking our largest team ever of over 20 athletes to the ISA National Championships next month.”

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