Year 7 and 8 Cross Country Championships

Year 7 and 8 Cross Country Championships

Year 7 and 8 Cross Country Championships 1146 860 The Bay CE Secondary School

It was the Year 7 and 8s turn at competing in the Island Schools Cross Country Championships on 20th January, where 16 lucky (is that the correct term?!) students travelled to Christ the King College. With four teams ready to run their socks off, each competitor was vying for a place in the top 10 for a chance to be selected to represent the Isle of Wight team in next month’s Hampshire Schools Championships on the mainland.

First off were the Year 7 boys – and what a start they had! Isaac Watts was on the heels of the leader after lap 1; both Freddie’s (Young and Lyon) were in the top 8 with Tommy Turnball-Woodford not far behind. After lap 2 Isaac had taken the lead but it was extremely close. With one final lap to go both Isaac and the Island Free School competitor were neck and neck and it really was a race for the line. Isaac finished in 2nd place. Freddie L was the next of our runners to come home, finishing in 6th place, with Freddie Young right behind him in 7th. A flurry of competitors came in together with Tommy finishing in 15th. Isaac, Freddie and Freddie have all qualified for a place in the Isle of Wight Team and will represent the Island in the next round.

After that amazing start it was the turn of the Year 7 girls. They found the course a little more challenging due to several parts of the course becoming very muddy after the boys race. They were also fairly consistent in their pacing – Coral Metcalfe was in 4th position after lap 1 and held onto that position for the remainder of the race. Lana Gardner, Mary Sheath and Immy Burfitt were fairly consistent, with Immy slowly moving up the ranks as the race progressed, finishing in 18th place with Mary in 23rd and Lana in 24th place. Mary was a last minute replacement on the day and her performance was extremely respectable.

We then moved onto the Year 8 races – and the boys had a challenge ahead of them to try and match (or better) the performance on the Year 7s. They started well and after lap 1 all of our runners were in the top 10. The 2nd lap saw the divide begin to increase. Aiden Holbrook had moved into 2nd place and Matthew Manning had moved into 7th position, but Torin Attrill and Elliot Yardley were struggling with the ground and had dropped down the rankings. With some great perseverance and finishing, Aidan maintained his place in 2nd, Matt came in at 7th place, Torin managed a sprint finish for 26th place, just ahead of Elliot.

Last, but not least, was the turn of the Year 8 girls. Rubi Harper (Y7) stood in for the Year 8 team due to their 4th runner being absent on the day. By the time the girls ran their race the course was a quagmire and all of the competitors found it hard going underfoot. Roxy Wright was our strongest runner and she was able to maintain a place in the top 10, finishing in 8th place. Our other three runners worked as a true team and all finished one after the other – Grace Eaglen 19th, Rubi 20th and Isabel Butler 21st.

So, with exceptional performances from all of our runners, a big congratulation does go to those who have been selected to represent the Isle of Wight: Isaac Watts, Freddie Lyon, Freddie Young, Coral Metcalfe, Roxy Wright, Aiden Holbrooke and Matthew Manning. Well done to you all.

Overall team results

Each year group had 10 teams enter, and our teams placed as follows:

Year 7 boys – 2nd place

Year 7 girls – 4th place

Year 8 boys – 2nd place

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