07 July 2013

English Schools

Coritanian young athletes bring home medals from the English Schools' Championships, Birmingham.

Ben Dijkstra led the way with a gold medal in the Junior Boys 1500m. He coasted through to the final after winning his heat with a time of 4:14.64. He won his English Schools title in a sprint finish to beat Tom Dodd (West Midlands) by one second. From Ben's time of 4:09.38 to 5th place there was only two seconds separating the athletes!

The Senior Girls 3000m race was exciting because there were 5 athletes, any of whom could have won the race. After a extremely slow start and with an opening lap of 87, each lap got progressively quicker until with 300m to go there were only three athletes in the running. Amy Griffiths ran a tactically sound race but was disappointed to come away with the silver medal after just being pipped on the line by the fast finishing Alice Perkins of Essex. Her time of 9:39.42 was a seasons best performance.

It was the first time that Jonny Monk (Senior Boys) had been to the English Schools' Championships and because of age group restrictions it would also be his last. Determined to make the most of this experience, Jonny headed into the final with an outside chance of a medal. The slow first lap played to Jonny's strengths and although he was slightly hampered by an elbow from another athlete with about 180m to go, he maintained his form to clinch the bronze medal in 1:55.63.

Inter Girl Taisha Thompson-Gregory landed a jump of 5.70m in the Long Jump with a seasons best performance to win the bronze medal.

Also in the Inter age group, Caelidh Ross finished just outside of the medals in 4th place in the 800m with a new personal best time of 2:08.28.

The fact that 17 athletes from Leicester Coritanians were selected out of the team of 35 athletes to represent Leicestershire and Rutland County is a huge achievement, not only for the individuals but also for the whole of the Coritanian coaching staff alike and it shows the strength and depth of Leicester Coritanians as a club. The athletes gave great accounts of themselves, they conducted themselves in a professional manner and the achievements of all of these athletes must be congratulated.

Full results:

Junior Boys

Alistair Finlay 7th place Heat 2 (round 1) 38.60
Ben Dijkstra 1st place Heat 2 (round 1) 4:14.64 and Final 1st place 4:09.38
Rowan Powell 10th place Final 5.78m

Junior Girls

Harriet Cooper 4th place Heat 2 (round 1) 25.98, Semi Final 3rd place Semi 1 25.91 and Final 7th place 26.00
Jordan Waine 6th place Heat 3 (round 1) 4:49.25
Amber Griffiths 8th place Heat 2 (round 1) 12.88
Takudzwa Dirikwe 17th place 9.01m

Inter Boys

Leon Patel-Champion 7th place Final 13.51m

Inter Girls

Caelidh Ross 3rd place Heat 2 (round 1) 2:18.11, Semi Final B 3rd place 2:16.42, Final 4th place 2:08.28
Mari Smith 5th place Heat 2 (round 1) 2:18.69
Ella Shirley 10th place Heat 3 (round 1) 5:06.65
Taisha Thompson-Gregory 3rd place Final 5.70m

Senior Boys

Elliott Powell 3rd place Heat 4 (round 1) 22.35, Semi Final B 4th place 22.13, Final 5th place 22.07
Jonny Monk 3rd place Heat 2 (round 1) 1:53.89, Final 3rd place 1:55.63
Forrest Francis 5th place 45.76

Senior Girls

Amy Griffiths 2nd place Final 9:39.42
Sally Preston 9th place Final 39.64m

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