Bourne Grammar School stormed to victory in the first round of the ESAA Track and Field Cup held at Boston on Tuesday last week.
This National competition involves several hundred independent and state schools from across the country, including many of the elite sports school.
Bourne Grammar School has performed well in this competition in recent years but the 2014 achievements surpassed all expectations as all four teams achieved a level of success hitherto unseen.
It is the first time that all four teams, Junior Boys and Girls (Years 7 and 8 combined) and Inter Boys and Girls (Years 9 and10) have won the first round.
After a nervous wait as results came in from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire there were celebrations as, for the first time in the School’s history, all four teams will progress to the Regional ’A’ Final on Thursday 19 June at The Moorways Stadium, Derby and will have the chance of a shot at the National Final, to be held at Bedford on Saturday 5 July.
The Junior Girls won by a wide margin with 356 points, more 100 points more than their closest rivals.
Pick of the team was Year 8 Jasmine Allen with phenomenal performances in both the 200m (27.0s) and long jump (5.00m) and attaining over 60 points for the team.
This is the same score that the Junior Girls attained in last year’s national final, raising hopes that the team will head towards the 400 points mark in the Regional Final.
In the Junior Boys, Year 8 Nathan Jackson threw an excellent 37.40m in the hammer, followed by impressive runs from both Tom Lavender and Ola Karim in the hurdles.
For the Inter Girls, Year 10 Bethany Denial fought to win her hurdles and jump well in the high jump, with Lauren Brown coming through strongly in the 200m and triple jump.
A strong all-round team performance saw the Inter Boys through to the next round, with Year 10 Jack Scholes 300m (38.3s) just pipping the rest of the team as the ‘Performance of the Day’.
In a separate competition, Bourne Grammar School will be the best-represented school at the Lincolnshire County Schools’ Championships in Boston on June 14th.
The quality of athletics at the school was demonstrated at the South Lincolnshire Trials held on May 7 at Boston with a record 45 athletes qualifying to represent the district at the championships.
The school’s leading performers who have already achieved the English Schools’ entry standard this year are Jamie Horne (IB high Jump), Lily Hughes (SG 100m and 200m) and Emma Hornsby (SG long jump).
Lincolnshire AAA 100 and 200m champion Jasmine Allen will be hoping to join them, competing in the JG 200m and long jump.
The School would welcome any sponsorship offers to support the team in its bid to win the Regional Final. Director of PE, Chris Ray, explained, “In anticipation of a place in the National Finals and with such a short time frame between the Regional and National finals, sponsorship support could make a big difference to our training and overall success. In return any sponsors will benefit from the publicity around the team’s progress. ”
Anyone interested in becoming a Bourne Grammar School Athletics team sponsor should contact Jackie Mohan at the school: Tel: 01778 422288 or visit www.bourne-grammar.lincs.sch.uk .