Jasmine Allen won the long jump competition at the National Track and Field Schools’ Cup Final on Saturday at Bedford International Stadium to help Bourne Grammar School girls finish in their highest ever position in the competition.
Bourne Grammar’s Junior and Inter Girl’s teams qualified for the competition by winning the North Midlands Regional Final in June and the country’s top 12 schools compete in each age group.
The Junior Girls started on the track event and the Inters were on the field.
Polly Luscombe got the Juniors off to a great start, running a new personal best 13.0s in the hurdles for 24 points. Isabel Spinley set the pace and ran a determined race in the 1500m to score 22 points for her 5m19.1s. The 200m was a strong event for the girls with Jasmine Allen running one of the fastest times of the day in 27.1s for 27 points and Jude Gilbert’s time of 29.2s scored 20 points.
Jasmine later became the third Bourne Grammar athlete in eight years of reaching national finals to win her event when she impressively won the long jump competition with 4.92m, scoring 32 points.
Chloe Ladley scored 21 points in the shot and personal bests from Isabel Spinley (19.81m) and Sophie Brittain (20.56m) in the javelin boosted the points total.
Sophie had earlier knocked a massive 15 seconds off her previous best 800m time.
Excellent relay change-overs from the relay team of Ebony Tolo, Chloe Ladley, Emily Kilroy and Julia Eglin resulted in 56.7s and 21 points plus the second fastest time overall.
Chloe Prentice was the Inter Girls’ top individual points scorer in the field events with 27 points for her put of 9.86m in the shot.
Jess Teasdale threw a new personal best in the javelin with 21.23m and Lauren Brown leapt to 19 points in the triple jump. On the track, Lauren ran strongly in the 200m to finish in 27.6s for 22 points and Bethany Denial scored 20 points in the 300m with a time of 46.5s. Alice Callcut ran a very well judged race at her own pace in the 800m and after a strong finish was rewarded with a new personal best and school record of 2m30.6s, plus 22 points.
All 48 teams gathered on the track for the results. The Junior Girls scored a very impressive 390 points which would have placed them in the top five in most years but the competition was of a very high standard and the girls finished in a very creditable eighth place, the highest score and finish for a Bourne Grammar girls’ team at a National final.
The Inter Girls were ranked 12th going into the competition and performed very well to finish 11th with 322 points.
Jackie Mohan, head of athletics at the school, thanked their kit sponsors Deepings Round Table, Bourne Prepared Produce, Sweet Shoppe Dreams, Stamford and Precision Sports for their support.