Following our athletics success in recent years at a local level, Darrick Wood School we successfully entered into the English Schools Track and Field Cup for the first time this year.
This is a highly prestigious event, which comprises a county competition, progressing to a regional competition and culminating in a national final featuring the top 12 schools in England.
Teams must comprise of only twelve athletes for girls and fourteen for boys and each athlete must compete in two events.
The preliminary round for Kent took place at Norman Park track on Monday, 8th May. Our Junior Boys and Junior Girls teams, selected from Years 7 and 8, performed beyond expectations finishing 3rd in both events.
In the girl’s events, highlights of the day included two school records – Amarisa Sibley smashed the Year 7, 1500m record with a time of 5m 10s and Ruth Chappell broke the Year 8 javelin record with a distance of 21.75m. The highest individual score in a single event came from Eve Ward with a 200m time of 27.3 seconds. Our highest individual scorer across both events of the day was Charlotte Connolly, who performed superbly in both the Long Jump (4.45m) and 75m Hurdles (13.4 seconds). Her total score of 45 points qualifies Charlotte for a Platinum Award from the English Schools Athletics Association.
In the boy’s events, highlights included a new school record in the Hammer Throw from Tyreece McLaughlin-Green with a distance of 28.32m. The highest scoring individual event of the day came from Barnaby Spear in the Discus Throw, with a distance of 27.66m. New school record holder in the 1500m, Matthew Smith, ran just short of his best time in the 1500m with 5m 01s. Our highest combined point’s scorer was Cameron Tuson, who ran a new personal best of 13.1s in the 100m and he threw the Shot Putt 9.22m.
At the end of the event, our Girls team scored 314 points across 21 events and the Boys team scored 326 points across 25 events.
There are two more Kent rounds to be held, before we find out if we have qualified for the Regional Final, so watch this space for further updates!