7 Outdoor Athletics

Great individual and team performances at year 7 meet

On Thursday 15 June the year 7 boys and girls travelled to Clevedon School who hosted the annual NS athletics meet. The format was simple; 1 competitor per event competing for points based on finishing position which went towards a team total. With some great athletes in year 7 we were looking forward to seeing them in competitive action!


In the girls events there were some really consistent and some standout performances. The team as a whole performed really well and were right in the thick of the action in every single event. Top performances came from Isobel Taylor in the 800m who kept in touch with the pack for the first 400 and then finished very strongly working her way passed at least 3 of her competitors around the back straight finishing in 3 minutes and 19 seconds. Isobel also finished second the girls javelin throwing just over 14 metres – a great athlete with talents on the track and in the field. Maya Matthews also ran brilliantly in the 1500m despite it not being her favoured event. Maya is a tough, gritty competitor and called upon every ounce of this during her race. Leah Porter also did a brilliant job throwing the discus. Leah actually sent the discus out to a distance that would have seen her take top spot had she not stepped over the foul line by a matter of centimetres. Leah still managed a great finish in second place with a huge throw of 17.29 metres – an impressive achievement for a hugely talented young sportswoman.

In the boys events there were some equally excellent performances in a number of events. Bruno Thomasset showed himself to be an excellent sprinter finishing in second place in his 100m heat. Issac Adebo put in a monstrous effort in the 1500 metres finishing with a personal best time of 5 minutes and 50 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive were his efforts in the 300 metres which took place just minutes later. Issac finished second in his heat for this race which was a great example of grit and determination. In the field Isaac Ozborn finished in the bronze medal position with a personal best jump of 1 metre and 30 centimetres; even more impressive given that the winning jumper was a long way ahead of the rest of the field jumping in advance of 1 and a half metres. By far the pick of the performances came from Ben Lumoso who was crowned somewhat of a jump king. Ben took the silver and bronze medals in the long jump and triple jump respectively with jumps of 4 metres and 10 centimetres and 8 metres and 79 centimetres – a phenomenal achievement given his age and experience.

It was a real pleasure to witness the students giving their all in search of points to count towards their team totals. The competition at these events is always extremely high as the standard of athletics in NS is exceptionally good, in no small part thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dave Turner and Chris Millard. Out of the 10 schools in attendance St Kath’s were delighted with their finishing positions; boys finishing 6th out of 10 schools and the girls 7th out of the 10.

Congratulations to all of our year 7 athletes.

Miss Wilsher and Mr Cook