County trials await for athletes

THERE will be a strong contingent of Dyke House College athletes competing for Hartlepool Schools’ in County trials later this summer.

 

THERE will be a strong contingent of Dyke House College athletes competing for Hartlepool Schools’ in County trials later this summer.

After a disappointing performance at the English Schools’ Track & Field Cup at the beginning of the week, when Dyke House performed poorly in every category, they responded well in Town Trials.

In total there were 17 students from Dyke House to progress to the next stage in a variety of events and age groups.

Danny Evans, the director of the Elite Development Squad, said: “After the frustrations of our results in the English Schools it was a much better day for us at the excellent Middlesbrough Sports Village.   

“We were not at full strength because of the GCSE exams, but we still had some good results. We would expect to record better results in the junior boys and girls but all of our athletes have learned from the experience and should do even better next year.”

The top two places secured a place in the Town team and selectors might still call on highest placed losers to fill the rest of the squad that takes on the rest of the district.

Lydia Engoulvent got things going for Dyke House by finishing runner-up in the prelim girls (Year 7) hurdles. In the same age group, Suzannah Marusak was second in the 100m and Brooke Newton won the 800m.

For the boys Carlos Bojang won the hurdles and high jump, Harry Berry was first in the 100m and second in the 200m. Alex Bell and Jamie Brabiner got a one-two in the 400m, while Philip Angus won the 1500m in style and Kieran Wright was successful in the shot.

At junior girls and boys (Year 8&9) there were success stories for Alex Lamb in the 100m, Taylor Allen in the 200m and Natasha Sutton in the 800m. Allen was also second in the 800m, while Ronny Hugill was runner-up in the discus as was Lamb in the long jump.

For the boys Euan Devonshire claimed two second placings in the 100m and 200m. Joe Jackson won the shot with team-mate Jackson Tyers slightly behind him in second. Will Pepperell made it through by securing runner-up in the javelin.

A special mention should go to pictured Year 7 student Angus, who won the prelim boys 1500m in a time of 5:16.79, which would have also won the junior boys race by more than three seconds despite potentially giving away two years to those he would have been up against.

 

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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