Despite the torrential rain and thunder storms the Sussex Champs went ahead and we are glad it did! For those of you who are new to the athletics programme the Sussex Championships brings together over 30 prep schools from Sussex (plus a couple from Surrey) so that their selected Year 6, 7 and 8 athletes can compete for a place at the National Finals. In order to qualify the athlete must win their event to gain automatic qualification or come 2nd and meet the required standard.

21 of our finest athletes took part this year, all who can compete at the qualifying standard so we were hopeful of success whether that be personal bests (PB), school records (SR), podium finishes and even national finals qualification (Q).

 

Results:

 

Under 12 Boys (Year 6)

70m Hurdles – Ben C 13.44 – Final 3rd (Bronze, PB)

300m – Luca P 50.29 – Graded Final 6th (PB)

800m – Jacob H 2.58.38 – Graded Final 12th

High Jump – Ben C 1.15m – Final 7th

Triple Jump – Luca P 7.94m – Final 3rd (Bronze, PB)

Shot Put – Austin A 7.32m – Final 2nd (Silver, Q)

Discus – Austin A 25.65m – Final 1st (Gold, SR, PB, Q)

4x100m Relay – Sam D, Sam S, Ben C, Luca P 1.03.17 – Heats 5th (PB)

 

Under 12 Girls (Year 6)

Shot Put – Jemima C 6.58m – Final 2nd (Silver, Q)

Discus – Jemima C 16.29m – Final 2nd (Silver, SR, PB, Q)

 

Under 13 Boys (Year 7)

100m – Daniel T 12.68 – Final 2nd (Silver, Q)

200m – Daniel T 26.37 – Final 1st (Gold, Q)

800m – Beau H 2.42.48 – Graded Final 5th (PB)

Triple Jump – Beau H 8.57m – Final 6th (PB)

Shot Put – Zac C 10.57m – Final 1st (Gold, SR, PB, Q)

Discus – Zac C 24.07m – Final 2nd (Silver, PB, Q)

 

Under 13 Girls (Year 7)

100m – Rosie H 15.05 – Heats 6th

200m – Josie M 32.65 – Heats 5th

Triple Jump – Rosie H 7.90 – Final 6th

 

Under 14 Boys (Year 8)

75m Hurdles – Daniel P 11.78 – Final 1st (Gold, SR, PB, Q)

200m – Daniel P 28.25 – Final 4th

300m – Daniel W 49.19 – Graded Final 7th

1500m – Daniel W 5.25.27 – Graded Final 5th

Triple Jump – Zac R 10.18m – Final 4th (PB)

Discus – Zac R 31.35m – Final 1st (Gold, SR, PB, Q)

4x100m Relay – Zac C, Zac R, Daniel P, Daniel T – Heats DQ

 

Under 14 Girls (Year 8)

75m Hurdles – Elise F 14.48 – Final 7th

100m – Catherine P 14.08 – Final 5th

800m – Hermione A 2.47.95 – Graded Final 4th (SR)

1500m – Emily W 5.52.60 – Graded Final 5th (PB)

Long Jump – Catherine P 4.30m – Final 3rd (Bronze, PB)

High Jump – Alice R 1.25m – Final 6th (PB)

Triple Jump – Elise F 8.53m – Final 3rd (Bronze)

Shot Put – Amber B 8.74m – Final 4th

Discus – Amber B 15.85m – Final 6th

4x100m Relay – Catherine P, Hermione A, Amber B, Elise F 59.32 – Final 7th

 

Well done to all 21 of our athletes; they performed admirably in tough conditions and the whole day was a huge success. I am proud of each and every one of them and they should also be proud of themselves.

 

In total Copthorne won 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze with 18 personal bests and 6 new school records! This was one of the most successful days in Copthorne athletic history and it was topped off with 6 of our athletes qualifying for the National Finals on 4th July at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

 

National Finalists:

Austin A (Shot Put and Discus), Jemima C (Shot Put and Discus), Zac C (Shot Put and Discus), Daniel T (100m and 200m), Zac R (Discus) and Daniel P (75m Hurdles)

 

Thank you

 

MA