Athletics 2011

Club Captain: Tom Fayers FH/W
Boys' Team Captain: Michael Peper P/W
Girls' Team Captain: Sophie Birchmore GH/W

Athletics Report 2011

Tom Fayers was selected as athletics captain; a good hurdler and sprinter and an individual who was able to work well with the junior members of the team. Michael Peper was selected to captain the boys team and Sophie Birchmore the girls team.

The Lutra Shield sees us compete against the top schools in the south West. It is a boys only competition (Under 20) and as always we produced a solid showing although we were well beaten by the likes of Millfield. Michael Peper showed what the season might hold for him with some outstanding Middle Distance runs, winning the 800m and 1500m against a very strong field. Tom Fayers in the 110m hurdles and Tom Ricketts in the high Jump also produced some outstanding performances.

Castle Track event
1st Blundell’s 174
2nd Wellington 165
3rd Taunton 155
4th King’s Taunton 117

Our next competition, which Blundell’s organises and runs at Castle Track, Taunton, saw nearly all of our athletes involved. Some excellent performances amongst our less strong athletes saw us win convincingly. (Results table on the right)

Devon Selection
Senior Boys 800m Michael Peper
110m Hurdles Tom Fayers
Senior Girls 400m Tessa Ryder
Shot Katie Robbins
Inter Boys 100m Hurdles Robbie David
Discus James Hawkes
Inter Girls Javelin Corren Kvesic
Junior Boys Javelin Ben Clarke
Junior Girls Shot Bethan Reade

The next round of events sees the elite athletes trying to qualify to represent Exeter and District and then move up the selection ladder to Devon. Twenty three athletes were entered into this selection process and nine athletes after outstanding performances were then selected to represent Devon in the South West championships. (See table, left)

At the South West Championships all our athletes were placed into the top six with Katie Robbins coming 3rd in the senior girls shot and just missing out on selection for the Nationals. However Katie was now concentrating on her multi events and was selected for the National multi events championship in the Summer Holidays and went onto win a Bronze medal as part of the Devon team in early September. Michael Peper ran 1m 56.6 in Senior Boys 800m and Ben Clarke who had thrown nearly 45m in the junior boys’ javelin during the season were both selected to represent Devon in the South West team at the National Schools championship at Gateshead. At the Nationals Michael Peper came 4th in his heat in a time of 1m56.3 and Ben Clarke came 10th in the junior Boys javelin throwing 42.54m, these are quite outstanding achievements as this is an extremely high level of track and field athletics.

While our elite athletes had the opportunity to compete at County level our school athletes (those that were still in school and not on exam leave) competed well at the 12 school Millfield meet and the Taunton school meet. Athletes such as Jack Webber, Alex Scott, Elly Yard, Charlotte Routledge, Millie Blackmore and Torzie Boylett just missing out at county level continued to improve in training and in competition at these meets.

We did not enter the English Schools cup this year at Year 9 and 10 level because of examination clashes but at Year 7 and 8 level the Blundell’s boys team did superbly well. For the first time ever Blundell’s made it through to the national final which this year was held in Oxford. At the final we were slightly disappointed to come 11th after lying in 3rd place at the half way mark. It is a team event with all athletes picking up vital points but Austin White, Will Scott, Finn Neusinger and Archie Stoneman were the pick of a group of very athletic pupils. It would be good for the school if some of these pupils opt for athletics rather than cricket in year nine. However as is common at Bundell’s we have a number of pupils moving between all the different sports!

At Sports Day the Westlake pupils competed for their old House and it was tremendous to see Michael Peper and Tom Fayers competing so well. It is a real pity that we cannot encourage more Year 13 pupils to be involved in Sports Day. Next year Blundell’s will try to find an earlier date in the term so year 13 pupils will hopefully be more enthusiastic to compete. The Duckworths took place early in the term, on Royal Wedding day, and the pupils in the school responded very well to a mixture of different relay events. A very enjoyable but competitive time was had by all. The boys Duckworth Relay trophy was won by FH, and GH narrowly beat NC to win the girls competition.