Grammar girls head for schools final

Kirkham Grammare winning junior and intermediate teams
Kirkham Grammare winning junior and intermediate teams
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Kirkham Grammar School won both the Junior and Intermediate Girls competitions in the North West Round of the English Schools’ Athletics Cup.

Each competitor has to take part in a track and a field event, and points are awarded to teams for times, distances and heights.

Points amassed by each of the 12 competitors are combined for a team total.

Twelve schools competed in the senior competition and 11 in the junior, including Fylde neighbours King Edward VII and Queen Mary and Lytham High School.

The Junior team scored 381 points, and the intermediate team an impressive 369 to ensure victory. Both qualified for the English Schools’ Athletics Cup final in Abingdon, Oxford, on July 9.

The athletes were: Junior: Olivia Anderson, Lauren Bailey, Sophie Copplestone, Beth Everson, Annalise Hughes, Fiona Lockhart, Jess O’Neill, Nicole Thompson, Sophie Warden, Mollie Kerrane, Lucy Keelan, Samantha Hollings, Sian Atkinson and Cammi Spector. Intermediate: Nicole Wainwright, Courtney Spector, Harriet Price, Imogen Pierce, Lindsay O’Brien, Alexandra Hastie, Nicky Charter, Hannah Butler, Emily Carpenter, Heather Crook, Kate Lawler, Lucy Meagh, Lucy Gardiner and Grace Reddy.

n KGS also enjoyed an outstanding day at the Lancashire Schools’ Athletics Championships.

Representing their region, the school’s athletes gained 18 top-three places in this prestigious qualifier for the national finals.

Six KGS pupils won their event, with triple jumper Rachel Williamson again taking the county title.

Also at the Under-17 level, Alex Hastie triumphed in the high jump. Kate Lawler won an exciting Under-15 200m, in which schoolmate Sophie Worden was third, and Ben Everson triumphed in the Under-15 300m.

KGS dominated the javelin events, with wins for Adam Whalley in the seniors and Dan Jones in the junors.

Second places went to Beth Everson (high jump) and to Emily Carpenter, Hannah Butle, Imogen Pierce and Ryan Wilkinson (all discus). The thirds went to Sophie Warden (200m), Lauren Bailey (discus), Nicole Wainwright (triple jump), Bradley Yates (800m) and Precious Nwakomah (long jump).