Norwich School Athletes have had a successful few days at the East Prep Schools Championships and the Norfolk Schools Championships.
On Friday 8th June, 6 fourth formers competed in Bedford at the East Prep Schools Championships. The standard at this event is always high, but the day got off to a great start when Daniel Conway smashed his personal best with 5:08 in the 1500m, which was good enough for 6th place.
Meanwhile in the long jump, Jared Ikazoboh was involved in a very close contest. With the lead changing hands several times, Jared jumped a new PB of 5m01, which was enough to secure second place, and qualify for the national finals.
Next in the pit was Ann Kalu in the girl's long jump. Ann sat in second place going into the final round, but she then produced a massive personal best of 4m86 to win the competition by 20cm. Ann then stepped onto the track and won her 100m heat in a time of 12.7. This beat the competition record, and Ann repeated this time to win the final as well. This means Ann qualifies for 2 events at the national finals, and is the first Norwich School pupil to break a record at this competition.
Less than 24 hours later, Ann was back in action at the Norfolk Schools Championships. On this occasion, fatigue understandably started to tell, and she had to settle for 5th in the long jump this time. However, Ann was still imperious on the track, winning heat and final again in the 100m, against girls in the year above. Ann now qualifies to represent Norfolk in the Anglian championships next weekend. Joining her will be Jacob Brown, who set a new PB of 2m90 in the pole vault, equalling the competition record in the process.
Senior runners Steven Denby and George Clements also both qualified with very impressive new personal bests. Steven ran 2:03 in the 800m, and George 4:21 in the 1500m.
Finally, Sophie Bishop won the triple jump for the fourth and final time, meaning that Sophie has gone through her school career undefeated at county level.
Congratulations to all pupils involved.