THERE were some impressive performances from Vale students in Saturday’s annual Mason Trophy event at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
The competition features ten counties – each with two competitors per event – and Hereford and Worcestershire finished fifth overall, with both boys’ teams finishing in second place.
Athletes had qualified to take part in the event through their County Schools’ Championships and overall the Hereford and Worcestershire Schools’ team improved on its team points from last year to maintain fifth place behind West Midlands, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Northamptonshire as they beat Warwickshire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire and Nottinghamshire.
These results were helped massively by the junior boys who ranked second overall in both the track and field events as well as the intermediate boys who also finished second on the track overall.
With the best young athletes from each of the ten counties competing, the standard was high and a number of the Hereford and Worcestershire athletes achieved the English Schools’ qualifying standard.
Of the students from Vale schools, Pershore High School’s Tom Kenwright ran 22.5s to clinch second place in the 200m intermediate boys’ race and meet the English Schools’ Standard of 22.8s.
On the relay front, Oliver Gould of Evesham High School was part of the junior boys’ 4x100m team which claimed second place in 45.5s, with the English Schools’ Standard being 47.50s.
Kenwright was part of the intermediate boys’ 4x100m team which finished fourth, matching the English Schools’ Standard of 45.0s.
Gould was also second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.80m, which is just short of the English Schools’ Standard, but he has been selected for the triple jump and the relay at the English Schools’ Championships.
Ollie Morgan of Pershore High School has also been selected for the 800m at the English Schools’ event having finished third on Saturday.