Horsham athletes pipped to Sportshall crowns

HORSHAM Blue Star Harriers are now looking towards a summer of success after both boys and girls teams were agonisingly beaten to the Sussex Sportshall crowns by Crawley.

In the final fixture of the season at Tanbridge House School both Blue Star teams required a win to claim the overall titles, and despite some excellent performances which pushed Crawley close, they had to settle for second.

The Girls team finished on level league points with Crawley, but were edged out in overall match points scored over the season.

In the Under 15 girls events there were wins for Jade Brewster in the speed bounce with a score of 81. Jade also won the B string two lap sprint in 23.2s, where Emily Cox took second place in the A race. Kat Bajorinaite ran well to easily win the A string four lap race in 48.9s, with Lucy Milnthorpe taking second in the B race in 51.0s. Hannah Clark won the B string vertical jump and also took second place in the B string Shot, where Emily Cox threw 7.70m to take third place in the A event. The relay team of Emily Cox, Lucy Milnthorpe, Jade Brewster and Kat Bajorinaite were also convincing winners in 1m 31.8s.

The Under 13 events saw Emma Garry take two victories, first winning the A string standing triple jump with a leap of 6.38m and then throwing an impressive personal best of 8.82m to win the shot putt.

In both these events Erin Bateman took second place in the B strings with performances of 5.73m and 6.15m respectively. Erin dominated the A six lap race, although due to a miscount the race was only run over five laps. Jade Lindo won the A string Vertical Jump with a leap of 57cm having earlier taken second place in the B string two lap race in 23.9s. Caroline Wirth took second places in the A string speed bounce with a score of 77 and the B string vertical jump. Ellie Auston won the B four lap in 54.8s.

Jordan Levey equalled his own league record of 23.2s when winning the under-11 two lap race. Also in this age group Jake Sinclair took second place in the A string Speed Bounce with a score of 53 and team mate Josh Barnett won the B event with a score of 51. Jordan and Josh teamed up in the standing long jump, with Jordan taking second place in the A string event with a leap of 2.05m and Josh winning the B string event with 1.97m.

The under 13 events saw the emerging talent of Andrew Price dominate the two lap sprint, clocking an impressive 21.8s. Andrew then went on to win the standing triple jump with 6.86m and followed that up with a shot putt of 8.00m. Tom Mackman had three second place finishes, in the A string six lap race, where Connor Dearden also took a second place in the B event, the A string speed bounce with a score of 73 and the B string Vertical Jump, where Zac Massey took second in the A event. Sam and Jamie Hughes both took second places in the four lap race; running 49.9s and 53.1s respectively. Jamie also took a second place in the B string Shot Putt.

Joe West was the only winner in the under 15 Boys events, when he won the speed bounce with a score of 72. Joe then teamed up with Ryan Slater in the vertical jump, with both securing second places. Ryan also took a second place in the A string shot putt. Jacob Dean was just edged into second place in the two lap race with a time of 21.3s. Jack Milnthorpe then took second place in the B event standing triple jump with 6.84m.