Mr Harris, Joint Curriculum Leader: PE, writes:
After a long summer of athletics in some indifferent weather, Stanborough’s athletes took part in the annual District Athletics Championships at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. Stanborough competed against all 12 schools from the district which includes very talented athletes from all girls’, private and selective schools such Dame Alice Owen, Bishop Hatfield Girls and Queenswood. It is widely regarded as one of the most competitive competitions in the county with many of the schools finishing highly ranked in County League Athletics competitions.
The weather was very hot but as usual Stanborough’s athletes did themselves, and the school, proud with their attitude, behaviour and performances. There were many fine performances by Stanborough students but a few highlights from the day for each year group are listed below.
Year 7: Tyrell Mliswa – long jump, 800m and relay; Thomas Georgiou – 1500m and relay; Tapi Zonda and Max Chisholm – Year 7 boys relay team.
Year 8: Thomas Pruett – javelin.
Year 9: Alan McCarthy – 200m and relay; Alex Okpoyo – shot put and relay; Owen Thake – javelin, Jamie Lai – long jump and relay; Jakub Warzecha – hurdles and relay and Aaliyah Annis – 100m.
Year 10: Katie Jeffrey – long jump; Isobel Wilkins – high jump; Danny Eason – 1500m; Oliver Parsbey – shot put, Bailey Cripps, Jensen Read, Daniel Gurney and Matthew Tanner – relay.
Year 12: Rory Satterley-Hull – triple jump and relay; Jack Colbert – 200m triple jump, long jump and relay; Max Battersby – 400m, shot put and relay and Jack Reed – relay.
Year 10: Matthew Tanner – 100m and Jasper Pruessner – discuss.
Year 12: Jack Reed – 100m and high jump.
Year 8: Stephen Bates – long jump and Louise Grenfell – 800m
Year 10: Jasper Pruessner – high jump and Bailey Cripps – javelin
Year 12: Rory Satterley-Hull – javelin
Stand Out Performances
Louise Grenfell came within two seconds of beating the district record in the 800m which has stood for 23 years, this is a fantastic effort and if her event had been in the morning when conditions were cooler she would surely would have broken the record. Stephen Bates stepped up and claimed his first long jump win of the season, this comes after fantastic commitment to the county league season. Danny Eason knocked 16 seconds off of his PB in the 1500m against a highly competitive field. The Year 12 boys team also performed amazingly, every event they took part in they collected a medal. Finally, Bailey Cripps captured his 4th successive gold in javelin, he has never been beaten in this event at the district championships and becomes the first Stanborough student to do this for over 15 years which is an outstanding achievement.
Overall Position boys and girls combined: 3rd