Athletics 2013

Boys' Captain: Alex Scott FH/W
Girls' Captain: Jenny Boylett GH/W
Boys' V Captain: Jack Webber FH
Girls' V Captain: Holly Keevil GH

Blundell’s has a strong tradition in track and field athletics and competes against the strongest of the South West schools in regular Saturday meets. At a junior level we enter The English Schools Cup and in 2011 Blundell’s represented the South West at the national finals of this competition. Our top Individual athletes are entered for Exeter District trials moving onto Devon trials and our best athletes are then selected to represent Devon at The English Schools Track and Field Championship. In 2013 Lucy Walliker came 16th in the junior girls high Jump jumping a P.B. of 1.57, Alice Smith came 13th with a throw of 33.30 in the intermediate girls javelin, Archie Stoneman ran a new P.B. in the final of the junior boys 800m in a. time of 2:00.56s coming 5th and Sam Talbot became the National Champion in the junior boys 80m hurdles in a time of 11.34 and also picked up a bronze medal in the Devon relay team. At Blundell’s track and field athletics is not just about our elite performers but every pupil has the opportunity to compete and train in all events. There is a place for nearly every pupil who opts for athletics to compete against other schools and to beat their personal best distances and times.

Athletics Report 2013

Once again there were numerous pupils of all abilities who opted for track and field athletics as their games option. Most of this report will focus around the winners and the success that we had in competition but for some pupils athletics is about turning up four times a week and just enjoying it, becoming fitter and improving their technical skills in one of the many field events. This season Jenny Boylett was appointed Captain of Girls Athletics and Holly Keevil as Vice-Captain. Alex Scott was appointed Captain of Boys Athletics and Jack Webber as Vice-Captain. Both Captains and their deputies did a marvelous job encouraging the junior athletes and putting themselves forward to compete in many different events particularly as we had a smaller number of senior athletes than in the past.


In the Castle Track meet run by ourselves we beat Taunton, King Taunton, and Wellington winning both the girls’ under-16 and over-16 team events and the boys’ under-15, and under-17 team events.

Castle Track Meet
1st Blundell's 641
2nd Wellington 578
3rd Taunton 397
4th King's Taunton 359

In the Lutra Shield, an Under-20 Boys competition, with a young side we came a very creditable 4th beating Bryanston and Sherborne. There were some outstanding performances by many athletes. Captain Alex Scott and Vice-Captain Webber led from the front and our year 9 and 10 pupils, Archie Stoneman, Karl Still, Ed Barlow and Will Scott, who still have years of competing at this age group dominated the middle distance events. We came 4th overall beating both Sherborne and Bryanston which was our best position for many years.

Lutra Shield Meet
1st Millfield 522
2nd Taunton 466
3rd Dauntsey's 444
4th= Blundell's
5th Bryanston 427
6th Sherborne

The Bryanston meet was cancelled after we had made it onto the M5 but this was the only event that was affected by the weather this year. The meets at Millfield saw Blundell’s take large squads to compete, giving all pupils the opportunity to experience athletics at a very good school level where they obtained many personal best results. In the 12 school meet against Millfield, King’s, Wellington, Bryanston, Taunton, Queens, Clifton, Southend, Sherborne and Cwm Rhymni we competed exceptionally well. Individual performances worthy of note were Beth Reade, Alice Smith, and Ben Clarke in the javelin. Will Klinkenberg in the 300m, Archie Stoneman and Ed Barlow in the 800m, Jacob Hung in the Discus and the performance of the day Karl Still’s 4min 25second run in the 1500m.

Boys U15 – 3rd
Boys U16 – 3rd
Boys U17 – 3rd
Girls U16 – 2nd
Girls O16 – 3rd

The last competition of the season at Taunton was for year 9 and 10 athletes and we dominated the boys’ events and were just pushed into second place in the girls’ competition.

Girls Results   Boys Results
1st King's College 83 1st Blundell's 117
2nd Blundell's 82 2nd King's Bruton 82
3rd Taunton 79 3rd King's College 73
4th King's Bruton 77 4th Taunton 17


Our strength in athletics at the junior end of the school was emphasized with all four cup teams making it through to the regional finals where our boys Year 9 and 10 team missed out on a trip to the final at Gateshead by just 6 points and came only 3points behind Millfield.

Regional A Final Results

3rd : 514pts : Blundell's School, Devon Year 9/10
100m 11.8s =
12.5s =
Alexander Kilbride
Jacob Hung
200m 25.4s =
24.6s =
Austin White
Cameron Seymour
300m 39.5s =
39.2s =
Will Klinkenberg
Will Scott
800m 2m02.8s =
2m10.1s =
Archie Stoneman
Ed Barlow
1500m 4m25.6s =
5m07.9s =
Karl Still
Finn Neusinger
Hurdles 12.3s =
11.0s =
Arthur Friend
Sam Talbot
Relay 51.9s =
High Jump 1.56m =
1.59m =
Arthur Friend
Ben Clarke
Long Jump 4.44m =
5.60m =
Albert Frankpitt
Sam Talbot
Triple Jump 11.11m =
11.40m =
Karl Still
Cameron Seymour
Shot 9.01m =
10.06m =
Alexander Kilbride
Will Klinkenberg
Discus 35.82m =
32.52m =
Finn Neusinger
Jacob Hung
Javelin 36.42m =
33.60m =
Ed Barlow
Will Scott
6th : 347pts : Blundell's School, Devon Year 7/8
100m 14.1s =
14.2s =
Grace Francis
Jodie White
200m 28.1s =
28.3s =
Anna Rose Gabbitass
Grace Belcher
800m 2m57.0s =
2m45.4s =
Bonnie Price
Millie Attwell
1500m 6m29.4s =
6m05.1s =
Sparkle Menzies
Tabby Vause
Hurdles 12.8s =
15.9s =
Elly Emo
Georgia Wood
Relay 61.9s =
High Jump 1.32m =
1.20m =
Grace Francis
Phoebe Stephenson
Long Jump 4.37m =
4.17m =
Anna Rose Gabbitass
Jodie White
Shot 7.70m =
5.85m =
Elly Emo
Tabby Vause
Discus 15.25m =
13.41m =
Bonnie Price
Millie Attwell
Javelin 15.19m =
18.96m =
Immy Hamilton-Green
Grace Belcher

Representative athletics

Blundell’s had 20 athletes competing in the Devon Championships at Exeter Arena. Six of these athletes Alice Smith (Javelin) Archie Stoneman (800m) Lucy Walliker (High Jump) Holly Keevil (long Jump) Sam Talbot (Long Jump and Hurdles) and Jack Webber (100m and 200m ) became Devon champions having won their events., and along with ,Ben Clarke (High Jump) and Karl Still (1500m) were selected to represent Devon in the South West Championships. Once again Blundell’s had the highest amount of pupils representing Devon at these championships.

At the South West Championships. Archie Stoneman collected a gold medal in the junior 800m winning in a personal best time of 2min 03 secs and Sam Talbot another gold in the junior Boys 80M hurdles in a new Championship best time of 11.33 seconds. Alice Smith and Lucy Walliker also impressed and they along with Archie and Sam were selected for Devon to compete in The National Schools Championships at Birmingham. Jack Webber was selected as a reserve for the sprint events and Karl Still was very unfortunate not to be selected after some first class 1500m performances during the season.

At The Nationals Lucy Walliker came 16th = in the junior girls High Jump jumping a P.B. of 1.57, Alice Smith (with a very sore elbow) came 13th with a throw of 33.30 in the Intermediate girls javelin, Archie Stoneman ran a new P.B. in the final of the junior boys 800m in a. time of 2:00.56s coming 5th and Sam Talbot became the National Champion in the junior boys 80m hurdles in a time of 11.34 and also picked up a bronze medal in the Devon relay team. These are outstanding performances and all these athletes should be congratulated on this tremendous achievement. Sam Talbot does not only hurdle but can Long Jump 6.32 and High jump 1.79, he is true all round athlete toping the National Rankings at Pentathlon. In true Blundellian style Sam was quoted in the paper as not having much preparation time for the Nationals as he was on a school cricket tour!

Sports Days

For the first time in a number of years the weather was kind and all sports days went ahead. Thanks go to the groundsmen for all their hard work in preparing the track and field.

At the senior Sports Day 3 records were broken; Holly Keevil broke the girls 200m record in a time of 28.4, Jack Webber the boys 200m in a time of 23.3 and Jack Friend the 1500m record in 4m40.5.

GH won the Girls competition with a winning score of 169 to NC’s 109. FH won the boys competition with a score of 233 to OH’s 196 and Petergate’s 142.

The Victor Ludorum was won by Jack Webber and the Vitrix Ludorum by Holly Keevil.

Age Event 1st
Boys Over-16
BO16 100M H S.Wyatt Haines (FH) 15.5
BO16 200M J.Webber (FH) 23.3 (Record)
BO16 800M H.Boddington (OH) 2.23.6
BO16 100M T.Woofendon (FH) 11.8
BO16 400M J.Webber (FH) 54.6
B016 1500M J.Friend (OH) 4.40.5 (Record)
BO16 4 X 100M FH 47.8
BO16 SHOT A.Hamilton (OH) 11.28
BO16 H JUMP J.Robberts (OH) 1.68
BO16 DISCUS M.Bennet (FH) 36.50
BO16 L JUMP J.Webber (FH) 5.79
BO16 JAVELIN H.Boddington (OH) 41.39
BO16 T JUMP C.Findlay (FH) 10.81
Girls Over-16
GO16 80M H E.Yard (NC) 14.9
GO16 200M H.Keevil (GH) 28.4 (Record )
GO16 800M M.Blackmore (GH) 2.57.1
GO16 100M H.Keevil (GH) 13.7
GO16 400M C.Routledge (NC) 68.7
G016 1500M L.Reynolds (NC) 6.06.8
GO16 4 X 100M GH 57.0
GO16 DISCUS C.Kvesic (GH) 18.60
GO16 L JUMP S.Kinsella (NC) : 3.46
GO16 H JUMP A.Lunn (GH) 1.40
GO16 SHOT B.Reade (GH) 8.44
GO16 T JUMP H.Keevil (GH) 8.82
GO16 JAVELIN E.Yard (NC) 27.02

The Year 9 and 10 sports Day proved very competitive with athletes of all abilities, scoring points for their House. In these year groups where we have some very talented athletes it is no surprise when records are broken but a total of 11 records in one sports day is an exceptional achievement.

Junior Victor Ludorum – Sam Talbot
Junior Vitrix Ludorum – Tash Finchett

Year 9 and 10 girls: second NC 137pts, winner GH 142 pts

Year 9 and 10 boys: third OH 167 pts, second Petergate 171pts, winner FH 235pts

Overall Sports day winners junior and senior sport day results combined

Girls – GH
Boys – FH

Age Event 1st
Boys Under-16
BU16 80M H Sam Talbot (FH) 1.74 (Record)
BU16 200M Alex Kilbride (P) 24.1 (Record)
BU16 800M Archie Stoneman (P) 2.04.5 (Record)
BU16 100M Sam Talbot (FH)11.8 (Record)
BU16 300M Will Scott (OH) 38.6 (Record)
BU16 1500M Archie Stoneman (P) 4.34.7 (Record)
BU16 4 X 100M FH 50.2 (Record)
BU16 SHOT Ivan Leung (FH) 11.86
BU16 H JUMP Sam Talbot (FH)17.4 (Record)
BU16 DISCUS Finn Neusinger (OH) 39.95 (Record)
BU16 L JUMP Edmund Leung (P) 5.13
BU16 JAVELIN Austin White (FH) 35.71
BU16 T JUMP Karl Still (FH) 10.59
Girls Under-16
GU16 80M H Ennea Miller Hunt (GH) 14.5
GU16 200M Tash Finchett (NC) 28.1 (Record)
GU16 800M Annabel Sexton (GH) 2.57.4
GU16 100M Tash Finchett (NC) 13.6
GU16 300M Courtney Nation (NC) 47.9
GU16 1500M Jenny Mettam (GH) 5.51.7
GU16 4 X 100M NC 55.8
GU16 DISCUS Amy Cross (GH) 22.19
GU16 L JUMP Tash Finchett (NC) 4.35
GU16 H JUMP Lucy Walliker (NC)1.51 (Record)
GU16 SHOT Emma Jackman (NC)7.82
GU16 T JUMP Lucy Walliker (NC)9.05
GU16 JAVELIN Annabel Sexton (GH) 20.74

School House Sports Day only has records going back two years but it was delight to see more records set at this level showing that there are a number of very talented athletes moving into year 9 in September.

School House Track Event Records House Time/Dis Year
GIRLS 75M HURDLES (68.5) E Emo B 12.2 2013
GIRLS 100M A Gabbitas B 13.7 2013
BOYS 300M D Hoaen M 46.7 2013
GIRLS 300M A Gabbitas B 46.4 2013
GIRLS 200M A Gabbitas G 28.8 2013
GIRLS HIGH JUMP G Francis G 1.33 2013
GIRLS LONG JUMP G Belcher G 4.54 2013
BOYS HIGH JUMP A Gibson M 1.52 2013

The staff have worked tirelessly managing and coaching the athletes. Mr Simms and Miss Gill have been excellent new additions to the athletics coaching team with their wealth of knowledge and experience both having competed at a high level of athletics. This has been a very good season for Blundell’s athletics. There is a good amount of talent moving up towards the senior end of the school. The athletics over the next few years should be strong at Blundell’s.