At the National ISA Athletics on Monday 19th June, those who succeeded last year also succeeded again, but there was also new talent coming through, building upon Adcote’s talent. Rebecca Walker’s first time at Nationals resulted in her beating the rest of the field by 17cm. She has been building her performance week upon week in an attempt to gain the English Schools qualifying height. On Sunday in the Mason’s Trophy, she gained 1.51m and then the very next day she gained 1.57m in becoming the National Champion – only 5 cm short of the National Record. Well done to Rebecca for being selected as a reserve for the English School’s Team.
It was also Imogen Lamb’s first time at Nationals in an individual event, and boy was it an exciting race. It was a photo finish on the line, with Imogen coming second with a time of 12.53s…0.04s off the winner and 0.2 seconds off the English School’s qualification time.
Izzy Jagielka retained her 100m title, finishing strides ahead of the rest in 12.97s…0.3 seconds short of the National Record. Izzy has also been selected as a reserve for the English School’s Team, and what a great experience for her to be able to compete in Alexander Stadium with all the world-class track technology.
Stephanie Walker also retained her Long Jump title, with a jump of 4.40m, however she missed out on her second high jump title but a jump back. Despite Stephanie jumping the same height as the winner (1.35m), unfortunately she knocked the bar down on 1.25m which gave he the runner’s up medal. I am sure she will come fighting back for both titles next year.
Felicity Davies gained fourth position in the Discus, throwing 15.84m, and Poppy Livermore gained fourth in the 600m. This was a very tough race on a very hot day, but again she knocked 9 seconds off her PB, crossing the line in 2.04.29mins…9 seconds short of the National Record. She is very close to breaking her sister’s school record, but she has another two years to work on this.
Overall, in the Junior Girls event, which included Poppy Livermore, the Midlands came fourth. In the Senior Girls event, which includes all our other competitors scores, the Midlands also came fourth.
Well done to all our girls.