On Saturday, the Junior Boys Athletics Team finally got their Sports Fixtures chance to don the gold vest and represent the school at a triangular match against Epsom College and RGS Guildford. Having been postponed the previous two Saturdays due to poor weather, at last the rain stopped and the sun shone (slightly) on what proved to be a fantastic morning of track & field. Arriving at Epsom College, the boys were somewhat in awe of the facilities but never daunted by the prospect of their opposition. This was proven in the first event of the day, the 200m, where Nana A-A (7G) blasted round the bend and powerfully strode down the straight, looking like he'd been running the event for years. First across the line and a personal best to boot—what a start!
In the field, Alex R (7G) showed all the promise and potential unearthed in PE lessons, launching the shot putt well over 8metres and taking the win. This was backed up by Hong-Zhou (7S), throwing just short of the winning mark and earning a well-deserved silver.
In Year 8, there was stiff opposition in the sprints, with even lightning-fast Ethan (8G) having a challenge keeping up with the pace over the 100m & 300m distances. He did show his all-round talent however, coming 2nd in his Shot Put event and impressing over the first leg of the relay, so much so that it was commented on by event organiser, GB athlete and Wilson's alumni, Jacob Paul.
Over on the Long Jump, Zeph W-J (8C) produced a series of jumps over 4metres and a well-earned win. At the opposite end of the arena, Henry L (8B) was showing his prowess in the Javelin. The fast and powerful arm honed over many months of Mr Molyneux's badminton sessions was proving a transferable asset, as he propelled the javelin way beyond 20metres and into first place.
The final event of the day was the 4x100m Relay. Having practiced in PE lessons during the week, along with a ten-minute refresher in the warm-up area, what was to follow was like the 2004 Olympic Final in Athens all over again..!! The Year 7 Team of Matthew F (7H), Nana A-A (7G), Theo N (7H) and Nana O (7B) set the track alight with slick changeovers and speed across the ground. Another win to end the day in style! At the time of writing, the Junior Boys squad is preparing for a home meet against local rivals Sutton Grammar and Wallington Boys. With a competition already under their belts, I can only see their season getting better and better!
Year 7 and 8 relay practice (Epsom)