PRINCETHORPE College returned from the Independent School Association’s National Track and Field Athletics Championships with a seven medal haul.
As a result of their performance, Princethorpe now rank as the best performing school in the Midlands, after coming out on top of the medals charts at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium against 151 other independent schools and a pool of 700 athletes in all.
Three gold medals were won in all by Princethorpe, with Year 7 pupil Kate Pomerleau finishing the 1500m event in 5:30.82, Year 10 student Molly Minshull finishing the 800m in 2:24.31, and Year 9’s Ben Hardy setting a national record with his 23.51 time in the 200m sprint.
Elsewhere, Year 7 pupil Sage Westbury ran the 70m hurdles in 13.39 to earn a silver medal, with Ollie Farquharson helping the Year 7 boys 4 x 100m relay team to a second place on the podium after a 55.36 finish.
The Year 9 quartet of Eve Farquharson, Jess Mackenzie, Evie Phillips and Molly Wincott-Thomas were the Midlands representatives in the girls’ equivalent, also winning silver after a slightly faster finish than the boys in 53.55.
Ed Sharpe from Year 9 won the seventh and final medal for the school, taking bronze in the 80m hurdles event in 13.18, but narrowly missed out on another podium finish in the high jump, when finishing fourth with his 1.50m jump.
Phillips and Wincott-Thomas went close to further medals, both finishing fourth in the 75m hurdles and 100m sprint events respectively.
Princethorpe teacher Peter Bucknall accompanied the team at the finals, and commended the group on their excellent showings.
“A huge well done to all of our athletes for an excellent performance,” he said.
“Our athletes responded so well to the competition they faced.
“Their tenacity, determination, good humour and genuine camaraderie made for a real feel good experience for the whole team, not just those who came home with medals.”