Athletes excel in the heat at Epsom College

Athletes excel in the heat at Epsom College

In a fiercely competitive meet under the searing heat of the midday sun the Caterham athletics team arrived to compete with some familiar South-eastern foes, buoyed by the success both individually and collectively of the squad this year. 

Epsom, hosting on their home track, invited Brighton, Cranleigh, St John’s and Sevenoaks to compete in one of the most popular meets in the calendar with many looking to secure times and distances that would be so crucial in this tight affair. 

The U15 Boys didn’t disappoint, securing podiums in every single event on the track and many more in the field events. An impressive victory from Alex S in the 100m was supported by narrow second places for Fionn F, Edwin K, Arthur P in the 200m,300m and 800m respectively. 

The quartet of Fionn F, Edwin K, Rehan Y and Alex S broke their own Co-Ed school record set earlier this year and also set a new All-Time Caterham record. 

They beat the former record held by Bawler, Hastings, Read and Annoh of 48.00s by the finest of margins to cross the line in 47.99s, a record that has been in place since 1993. 

A huge thank you and congratulations must go to the Fifth Year boys who travelled to Epsom during their study leave to compete. This cohort was the successful inter-age group that took the competition by storm last year winning as Fourth Years. 

This year, to challenge themselves, many opted to compete in the Sixth Form category and they certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons! Ben W dominated the 800m and 1500m, despite being two years younger than the competition, leading from start to finish in both events. Tom C running a gritty 800m narrowly being pipped on the line, backed this performance-up with a strong 1500m time. Both Ben and Tom comparing times throughout the day! 

Freddie A, fresh from his school discus record last week at the Surrey Championship, opted to compete in the Sixth Form category and won comprehensively by a distance of 7m, just shy of the senior discus record. Other notable performances- Alex S was third in the senior boys’400m and Tunrore A in the inter boys’ 400m- both contributing greatly to a second place in the 4x100m relay. 

Tom B captained the team of Inter-boys and led from the front in truly impressive form given his early season hamstring injury. He won in a time of 11.79s. 

Both Harry and Will O showed amazing grace and speed to clinch podiums in their hurdle events, Will competing against boys’ two years his senior led from the start only to be beaten to the dip by the finest of margins. 

Strong Sixth Form performances from Antony S-K in the sprint double and JP Emma-N fourth in the Shot Putt, a discipline he’d only learned on the Saturday morning. Earned valuable points towards the team total and both running fabulous legs in the 4x100m. 

Podiums for the Third Year Girls came from Marusia E in the 200m Ellen H in the hurdles, Hannah K in the Long Jump, Ava P in the Shot Putt, Jess C in the Javelin. 

A fabulous run in the 4x100m by Marusia E, Ellen H, Giselle C and Hannah K saw the quartet steam around the bends and clinch a brilliant second a feat replicated in the following 4x300m relay

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