03 December 2007

West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League, 2nd December 2007, Sandwell Valley Park

The results today mean that we have a Leicester Coritanian runner leading the U11 girls, U13 girls and U15 girls individual leagues.
Georgie Brookes and Freya Vincent took the under 15 girls race by the scruff of the neck and made their mark by finishing strongly in first and second. The duo were in the lead group after the first lap and worked well together to break clear of the field. There were outstanding performances by Sara Dias (9), Catherine Robertson (14) and Helena Smith (38) to move the team up from 6th place to 3rd place overall. They are now only 6 points behind Halesowen who are in second place overall with 2566. Freya's second place means that she continues to lead the individual competition but she now has a 6 point margin and there are only 2 races to go.
Louisa Monk had her best finish so far in the under 17 girls race. She completed the challenging course in 5th place. This moves her up to 6th place overall in this age group.
The under 13 girls team had 4 finishers in the top 10. Amy Griffiths (2), Megan Fairbrother (5), Tilly Abraham (6) and April Beeby (10). The team also consisted of Rachel Borrows (36), Livvy Tansey (44), Bethan Elliott (53) and Rebecca Saunders (67). Leicester Coritanians team are in 2nd place overall still within striking distance of leaders Royal Sutton Coldfield. Individually, Amy is leading the league overall and Megan is in 4th place.
India Mitchell-Jarvis, who won her primary schools race on Saturday, went into today's U11 girls race looking strong. She put the pressure on in the second half of the race and broke away to win in the last 100m. She is leading the individual standings in this age group by 5 points. Rebecca Orton had her best West Midlands race of the season so far, finishing in 29th place.
Luke Beeby (U11 boys) had a good opening run in his first West Midlands League race. After suffering an injury in the early part of his season, he finished a creditable 41st place.
Xander Tansey (U13 boys) is continuing on from his fine secondary schools performances and finished in 33rd place.
Liam Phelan (U17 boys) had the worst of the weather making the conditions the most difficult of the day. Liam battled through the rain, wind and by now the muddiest conditions of the day to finish with a very solid 14th place.

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