Five cross country teams from Newton Abbot College travelled to Stover School to take part in the South Devon Area Cross Country Championships on 17 November.
Competing at Year 7 and combined 8 & 9 girls’ and boys’ level as well as the Intermediate Boys’ category, the College recorded some impressive efforts against the nine other schools and colleges competing.
Individual results in the Junior race (Years 8 & 9) saw Erin Throgmorton-Appleby finishing in a very respectable 21st and Dan Orchard in 22nd place (out of around 80 competitors in both heats), just missing out on qualifications for the next stage of the competition. In the Intermediate race (Years 10 & 11), Tom Lobb put in a tremendous performance, resulting in a 22nd place, also in a field of around 80 competitors.
However, it was in the Year 7 teams that the College saw its best results. The girls’ team had some fantastic individual results, with Frankie Lobb just missing out on an individual medal with an incredible 4th place result in a field of 76 runners. Other strong performances from Rebecca Pearce, Shani Pike and Mia Gale saw the Year 7 team finish in an overall 3rd place.
The Year 7 boys’ team were just as impressive with Taran Jones and Jacob Wales finishing in 14th and 15th place respectively. Further strong performances from Matt Newbold and Harvey Coggins secured the team a 2nd place in the overall team result.
The strong individual performances from the Year 7 teams have secured places for Frankie Lobb, Rebecca Pearce, Taran Jones and Jacob Wales on the South Devon team in the next round of the championships at Stover in January 2018.
College Team Leader of Physical Education, Jamie Salter, was impressed with the results: “All of our students put in a lot of hard work to achieve such great times and overall placings in the championships. We have some real raw talent amongst our younger team members and we are very excited to see what they will be able to achieve in the next stage of the competition and beyond.”