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Year 7 girls’ team come second in the South West Schools Indoor Athletics Championships!

After a great start to the event, Ralph Allen School set the tone for the day by winning the first two events on the track in fantastic style.  Having shown true RAS strength in the relay events, the individual track events followed.  Two second place finishes in four-lap races by Ella-Rose Tapscott and new tactical addition Izzy Owen set the girls up for a great start both gaining valuable points.

James Watkins also managed a top-three finish in his individual two-lap race.  Luana Sasaman, Aaron Warren and Josh Parry-Smith just missed out on a top-three finish in their individual races picking up points for the fourth place finishes. Sophie Parnell worked very hard in a competitive field to claim sixth place in her six-lap race.

During the field events, there were some standout performances. Fearne Rich, another tactical addition to the squad, gained valuable points in the shotput finishing in second place. Sienna Laskey-Downs finished second in the speed bounce followed closely by Sophie Parnell in fourth.  Sienna also took fourth place in the vertical jump.

Luana Sasaman won both her events (long and triple jump) in the second string completions and Maeve McGee finished third in the A-sting vertical jump.  In the boys’ team, standout performances in the field events go to Ned Penny and Aaron Warren coming second (A-sting) and first (B-sting) for long jump. James Watkins and Luke Frith secured third and fourth in the speed bounce. 

On the track, it was back to the relays. Both boys’ (Will Willetts and Luke Frith) and girls’ (Sienna Laskey-Downs and Ella-Rose Tapscott) worked tirelessly in the eight-lap Paarlauf race, both gaining more points with a second and third place finish. The boys’ 4x2 lap relay (Penny, Parry-Smith, Frith and Watkins) was one of the most competitive races of the day. They narrowly missed the top spot by 0.2 of a second to take second place.

A special mention must go to Ella- Rose Tapscott, who placed top three in each of her six events.

After 11 very competitive events and a tiring day for the teams, Ralph Allen girls were crowned silver medallists and ranked second place overall in the South West of England. The boys finished a very respectful fifth overall.

Both teams showed great team spirit and the effort from all competitors was of top quality.

Well done all

Mr Tremblen