Pupils on a high in sports day

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

A HUR­DLER is en­joy­ing life in the fast lane af­ter com­pet­ing at the high­est level.

Abby Poun­tain en­joyed an easy vic­tory in the 75m hur­dles as stu­dents at The King’s Academy, Coulby Ne­wham, took to the track and field.

The 14-year- old mem­ber of Mid­dles­brough and Man­dale Ath­let­ics Club recorded a com­fort­able 13.06 sec­onds at her school sports day fol­low­ing on from com­pet­ing re­cently in the English Schools’ Cham­pion- ships in Birmingham.

With a per­sonal best of 12.4 sec­onds, she hopes to com­pete at elite level in both hur­dles and long jump. “I love ath­let­ics and have been com­pet­ing for the past four years,” she said. “I started off in cross coun­try but now pre­fer sprint­ing and long jump.”

Her dis­play of ath­leti­cism was one of a host of im­pres­sive per­for­mances on the track and field as stu­dents com­peted in sprint and mid­dle dis­tance events, shot­put, javelin, dis­cus and long jump.

Footballer Tom Brynn, 15, trans­ferred his sport­ing skills to take the hon­ours in the javelin, while Year 9 stu­dent Ge­orge Oak­ley, 14, ex­celled him­self with a com­fort­able win in the dis­cus.

Head of sport Chris Lynch said: “We are blessed with some very ac­com­plished ath­letes who com­pete in their cho­sen sports at the high­est lev­els, which re­ally in­spires other stu­dents at our an­nual sports day.”

Abby Poun­tain on her way to an­other record at The King’s Academy

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