TWENTY-FOUR young athletes gave everything they had for the cause when they represented Hereford & Worcester in the New Balance English Schools’ Athletics Association Track & Field Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
They had fought through school, district and county competitions, as well as chasing entry standards, to take part in the national event – the most prestigious in the schools athletics diary.
The H&W highlight was Joel Khan from Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester, who won silver in the senior boys’ high jump competition, clearing 2.15m.
Other stand-out performers who just missed out on medals included Danielle Hopkins, of The Chase, who finished fourth in the intermediate girls’ high jump, clearing 1.71m – the same height as athletes in second and third position – but missing out on a medal on countback.
Jack Hocking, of Worcester Sixth Form College, finished fifth in the senior boys’ 400m in 49.10, whilst Dan Banks, of Tudor Grange Academy, reached the senior boys’ 100m final.
Hannah Tapley, of Malvern St James, finished seventh and Joe Hardman, of Worcester Sixth Form College, finished eighth to gain team points in the senior girls’ high jump and senior boys’ javelin.