Athletes pass Olympic test!

PUBLISHED: 13:33 12 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

Robbie Connell of Meridian School, who won the Year 10 shot – Pic: DSC0067

Robbie Connell of Meridian School, who won the Year 10 shot - Pic: DSC0067

AFTER their impressive win in the North Herts Schools Championships, Meridian athletes took on South Cambridgeshire s finest in the Olympic Cup. Competing in the annual Cambridge and District Secondary Schools Championships, Meridian finished second in th

AFTER their impressive win in the North Herts Schools Championships, Meridian athletes took on South Cambridgeshire's finest in the Olympic Cup.

Competing in the annual Cambridge and District Secondary Schools Championships, Meridian finished second in the Year 9 boys' and girls' categories, second in the Year 10 boys, and fourth in the Year 10 girls.

Head of PE Sally Conner said: "It was another successful competition for our athletes.

"There were a number of good races and some very impressive individual performances.

"The standard is always really good in Cambridge and it was nice to take on some of their schools."

In the Year 9 boys, Callan Roach won both the triple jump and 100m (11.55 seconds). Roach also helped his school to first place in the relay.

He said: "I was really happy to win two events, especially as the competition was quite tough. It was good to win the North Herts Championships and hopefully we can do just as well against the Cambridge schools."

Hayley Faulkner also won the Year 9 girls triple jump, setting a personal best of 9.15 metres.

Year 10 sprinter Sam Pollard blew away his rivals in the 100m, winning in 11.5.

He said: "It was a good race and it's always a great feeling to win. I also set a personal best, which is what I had set out for."

Robbie Connell also took a first place with an impressive display in the shot.

The 15-year-old won the competition with his only throw, with a distance of 10.8 metres.

Bassingbourn Village College was also involved in the competition, and took a number of top three placings throughout.

Adam Green won the 200m boys Year 10 final in a time of 24.6 seconds.

Sam Piggott finished second in the 800m in 2:42 minutes.

He said: "I was very pleased with the run, although I was a bit disappointed not to come first."

Bassingbourn Village College finished fourth overall with 436 points, with Cottenham third on 474, and St Bedes finishing second with 591 pts. The Perse boys and girls school won the cup with a 658- point haul.

Despite winning a number of events, Meridian finished seventh place with 305 points.

Mrs Conner said: "We would have finished a lot further up the placings, but with Greneway School not being present we had no athletes in the Year 8 section.

"However, in the years that we did take part in, we did more than enough and looked very good.

"There was some very pleasing performances, which once again showed how good our athletes are.

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