Durrington students had a fantastic afternoon at the West Sussex West District Athletics yesterday (Wednesday 9th May); the students performed incredibly well and came back with lots of gold! All students, from year 8 to 11, were a credit to the school and gave 100% in each of the 12 events, which took place on the field and track at Worthing Leisure centre. They were amongst 13 schools taking part and were able to enter two athletes into each event.
The year 8 and 9 students took part in the junior events and the highlights included Archie Sloan coming first in the boys 1500 meters and Ethan Muirhead coming a close second in the boys 100 meters. Overall the junior boys team came in second place and the girls team third.
Both the boys and girls from years 10 and 11 took part in the intermediate events and had many successes as can be seen below. The girls dominated the 100 meters, 300 meters, triple jump and high jump, where our 2 athletes took first and second place.
Both the girls and the boys won the 4 x 100 relay, with the girls winning by an astonishing 60 meters! Special mention must be made for Tom Chalaye who encompassed the school motto in going beyond his best. After winning his heat and then competing (and coming second) in the 400 meters, and the 800 meters, he was called in last minute to replace a member of the relay team who was ill. He had no break and went straight in to run the third leg and help the boys claim a tight victory.
Overall the Girls and Boys intermediate teams came first, with the girls achieving a staggering lead of 63 points.
Intermediate Boys Results
Luke Ellard 2nd 1500m
Will Pooley 1st 200m
Tom Chalaye 2nd 400m
Louis Crawley 1st Javelin
Boys relay team 1st 4 x 100m relay
(Will Pooley, Ciaran Laker, Tom Chalaye, Tom Dean)
Intermediate Girls results
Eli Middleton 1st 300m, 2nd Triple Jump
Lexi Spurr 2nd 300m, 2nd High Jump
Kelsey Sutherland 1st High Jump, 1st Triple Jump, 2nd 100m
Emily Dove 1st Long Jump, 1st 10om, 2nd 200m
Girls Relay Team 1st 4 x 100m relay
(Emily Dove, Eli Middleton, Lizzie Evans, Kelsey Sutherland)
For the combined junior and intermediate boys and girls results Durrington finished second, but were just 4 points behind the leaders, Davison High School and St Andrews (who have their scores combined).
Well done Team Durrington – look out for the above names in Paris 2024 (or maybe even Tokyo 2020!)