The Senior District Athletics Championships took place on 23 May 2017. For many this event is one of the sporting highlights of the year, for others it is a nervous time of year knowing that Mr McKay is probably going to come along and ask you to compete in front of 17 other schools.
Perfect conditions bed the way for some exciting performances both on the track and in the field. The Hawley Place success started early in the U15 100m heats with Yasmin (13.0 secs) and Poppy (14.5 secs) both running well to make the final. Meanwhile Hannah was going well in the long jump, finishing up 5th with 4.06m. Yasmin went straight from the 100m heats into the long jump, which is arguably her best event. She hit her first jump bang on the board and leapt to a staggering 5.25m to achieve her PB and the Championship Best Performance.
Our success out in the field continued with both Lucy and Caitlin progressing through the rounds in the U15 high jump. Lucy finished with a best of 1.33m and Caitlin 1.38m, therefore taking both the bronze and silver medals in this event.
In the U17 events Tanya and Imminee both ran well in the 100m with Tanya making the final (14.0 secs) and Imminee (14.7 secs) just missing out on a final spot. In her first ever competition at a new event Gabby put in a solid series of jumps to take the bronze medal with 8.87m, narrowly missing the silver medal.
Back on the track Hannah and Isabelle both ran well in the U15 800m, running 3mins 04 and 2mins 42 respectively, Isabelle just missing out on the final. Emily E and Grace both worked hard in their heats of the U17 800m and again represented the school well. Next came the U15 200m and Alesha finished 2nd in her heat (28.2 secs), with Emily A 6th (32.1 secs) in hers. In the U17 200m Gabby finished 2nd and safely progressed to the final.
As morning rolled into afternoon there was a busy spell for Hawley Place pupils in the field. Abi R threw consistently, with a best of 16.52 to finish 5th in the U17 discus. Eve surprised herself with a very respectful 8.06m in the shot putt to take the bronze. In the U15 javelin Emily A threw 18.12 with Faye throwing 13.99m. The standard in the U17 high jump was very high and Emily B did well to finish with a best of 1.30m.
Next was the U17 long jump, with Tanya spurred on by the success of her younger sister she came close to gold by finishing 2nd with 4.11m and therefore taking the silver medal. Imminee also jumped well finishing 5th with 4.01m. Over in the U15 shot Alesha putt the shot 7.02m, after having just run the 200m! In the U15 discus Morgan threw 14.44 and Anya 13.94, both of them consistent with their throws. Lara was close to her best in the javelin with 21.32m, narrowly missing a medal in 4th.
As the afternoon progressed it was time for the majority of the track finals. Once again Yasmin was in a class of her own, streaking away from the competition in the 100m to take a second gold of the day. Poppy again put in a solid performance to finish 6th. Shortly after Tanya was unlucky to finish outside the medals in U17 100m and placed 4th. Gabby ran a well calculated race in the U17 200m final to secure her second bronze medal of the day.
As always the relays concluded proceedings. Both of our teams put in a great effort and both narrowly missing out on the medals. The U15 team of Poppy, Caitlin, Alesha and Yasmin finished 4th. Our U17s of Imminne, Emily B, Gabby and Tanya placed 5th.
Overall a highly successful day of athletics for Hawley Place with a haul of 2 golds, 2 silvers and 4 bronze medals. In the final team placings the U17 girls finished 5th and our U15s 2nd, a superb result against 17 other senior schools from across the district.
In the final presentations there are awards given for the best performances from across the entire day of events. Yasmin not only took home 2 golds and a Championship record but trophies for both the best track and best field performances by an U17 girl. A truly remarkable achievement as this has never been achieved since 1973, which was when the awards were first given!
A huge well done to all involved and you truly showed our school values of ‘Excellence’ and ‘Family’ throughout the day.