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Posted: 04.06.14

County Titles Galore As Christ College Pupils Triumph At The Powys Schools Athletics Championships

The event attracted competitors from all over the county and Christ College pupils performed exceptionally well.

Welsh international Amelia Reynolds won the Middle Girls 100m title and followed this up with a team title in the Middle Girls 4 x 400m relay. Bea Hayes, Annabel James and Amy Baker set a solid foundation to ensure that that Christ College quartet won the Middle Girls team title.

Last weekend Amelia warmed up for the Powys Schools Championships by competing in the Commonwealth Games trials! On Saturday she just missed out on getting to the 100m final but on Sunday, she was on blistering form. She qualified for the final of the 200m in a Personal Best of 24.47 secs. She then followed this up with a brilliant 4th place in the final, in another PB of 24.06! In terms of her U17 age group, this ranks her 2nd in Wales, 3rd in the UK and 6th in Europe. Unofficially, she is ranked No 1 in Europe in the U16 age group.

Welsh international Issy Morris was in outstanding form again, winning her 3000m race. Issy was in blistering form coming into these championships having shattered the schools 1500m record at Sports Day on 23rd May. Meawhile, Form 3 pupil Jack Stephens, fresh from his Royal Windsor Horse Show heroics, won the Junior Boys 3000m race.

Whilst Christ College pupils were performing brilliantly on the track, there were similar succesess in some of the Field events too.

Form 5 pupil Jacob Williams won the Hammer (45 metres), with Form 4 pupil Shupal Shresta (42 metres) coming second. Both pupils registered impressive throws according to their coach, Christ College’s Gary Halpin. Jacob also followed this up with a win in the Discus, whilst Form 4 pupil Tom Birch won the Middle Boys Shot Putt title.

Special mention too goes to Form 1 pupil Willow Ransome who, after a photo finish, came a brilliant 2nd in the Junior Girls 100 metres. Mr Halpin commented: “Willow is an incredible competitor and she’s definitely one to watch in the future!”

Christ College’s athletics coach, Mr Halpin added: “In all it was a very good day for Christ College athletics with some notable performances. It is pleasing to see Christ College well represented in the sprints, in the middle distance events and field events.”

He added: “We have some outstanding athletes in the forms of Issy Morris and Amelia Reynolds, and Jack Stephens is an incredible talent too. I’m extremely impressed with our success in the technical throwing events as well. All of this is making the athletics community in Wales sit up and take notice of the sporting talent we are producing.”

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