14 Runners Qualify For National ISA Cross Country Championships
14 Princethorpe runners have qualified for the National ISA Cross Country Championships after competing in the Midlands regional competition at Bedstone College, Shropshire in the first week of February.
Princethorpe College runners have a tradition of success at this competition, many have competed at Bedstone before, so hopes were high as the College’s runners battled to place in the top ten and qualify for the National competition.
Both the U13 Girls' and Boys' teams ran well and with so many College pupils finishing in the top 20, both Princethorpe teams bagged the top spot and the team trophy for their age group. Qualifying for the Nationals for the U13 Girls were Kate Pomerleau, Grace Darcy and Julia Loftus who ran determinedly to finish in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. For the U13 Boys Zac Johnson, Oscar Reynolds and Ollie Farquharson also qualified after finishing 6th, 7th and 8th.
For the U15 Boys George Dunkley had an excellent run to finish 3rd and qualify and all the U15 Girls came home in the top 10. Molly Minshull had an outstanding race taking 1st place and the gold medal, she was followed over the line by a sea of Princethorpe red vests as Evie Phillips finished 2nd, Eve Howard 8th, Erin Darcy 9th and Lucia Bell 10th. All these girls qualify for the Nationals too.
The U18 Boys team ran superbly with the Crowfoot twins in excellent form, Will finished 1st and brother Tom 2nd, both qualify for the Nationals, and with a solid team performance the U18 Boys also claimed first position and the team trophy for their age group.
Head of Outdoor Education/PE Teacher, Will Bower, said, “It was a fantastic team performance and I am delighted with the results. You never quite know what you’re going to get with cross country as conditions can be difficult, but today we had red vest after red vest crossing the line; our runners took on the arduous terrain and did very well.”
Our qualifying runners will now compete in the ISA National Cross Country championships that will take place at Rugby School later in the spring on Saturday 30 March 2019.
Congratulations and good luck also go to Molly Minshull who has been selected to represent the Midlands in the English Schools Cross Country Cup that takes place in mid March in Leeds.