Successful competition for county’s young athletes

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FIVE local young athletes were included in the twenty five strong Lincolnshire team competing at the English Schools Athletic Association (ESAA) Track and Field Championships at Gateshead over the weekend.

The 2012 competitin proved to one of the most successful ESAA Champs for Lincolnshire with a large proportion of team members qualifying for finals and finishing in the top six places.

Highest placed of the local contingent was Maria Hollingsworth (Boston High School) who opened her challenge with a win in Heat Four of the Intermediate Girls 80 metres Hurdles on Friday morning, recording 11.6 secs.

Maria went on to compete in Semi-Final A on Friday afternoon when she again crossed the finish line first in 11.64 secs to earn safe passage to Saturday’s Championship Final.

She lined up at the start as the third fastest qualifier for the final on Saturday and continued to hurdle with good rhythm smoothly negotiating the eight barriers to claim the ESAA Championship Bronze Medal.

Recording 11.79secs in the final, Maria earned a coveted place on the Presentation rostrum to crown a successful season in the 80m Hurdles. Maria also ran in the Lincs four x 100 m Intermediate Girls relay team which recorded 51.11secs in the heats on Saturday morning.

Sarah Stanhope (Giles Academy) competed in the Senior Girls Hammer Championship.

One of thirteen contenders the best of Sarah’s best throw measured 49.01 metres to place her in fourth position just less than two-metres behind the 2012 bronze medalist.

In the Junior Boys 400 Metres Championship Ashley Sandall (Thomas Cowley High School) ran in the second of three heats on Friday morning running well in his first national event and qualifying for the final by finishing in second place in a time of 51.48secs.

Third fastest qualifier Ashley lined up in lane five just outside the quickest finalist and again gave a good account of himself recording 51.73 secs to take fifth place in the Championship.

Dominic Sykes (Boston Grammar School) contested the Senior Boys Hammer Championship. After the first three rounds of throws for the seventeen competitors Dominic qualified for a further three attempts and at the end of the final round finished with a best of distance of 50.99 metres for eighth position.

In her first English Schools Track and Field Championships Frances Nuttell (Boston High School) was the only Lincolnshire representative in the Junior Girls age group.

Competing in the High Jump Championship Frances coped well with the raised starting height in the first round clearing the opening three heights before finally being eliminated.

Frances recorded a clearance of 1.54m finishing fourteenth of the nineteen Championship contenders for a promising debut.