School sport: Hill House athletes shine on big stage

Hill House School's girls reached the ESAA Track and Field Cup finals.
Hill House School's girls reached the ESAA Track and Field Cup finals.

Hill House School’s Year 7/8 girls finished third with 328 points at the recent regional English Schools Athletics Association Track and Field Cup finals at Moorways Stadium in Derby.

Winners Kesteven and Grantham’s Girls School from Lincolnshire scored 353 points.

The girls qualified for the Regional A final by being one of the highest scoring teams in the region, winning the heat held at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Although they missed out on a place in the national finals, there were a number of outstanding performances.

Rosie Eves’ points in the 75m hurdles and long jump earned her the prestigious English Schools Platinum badge.

Not to be outdone by the girls, the Year 7/8 boys qualified for the Regional B final at Thornes Park in Wakefield and came a very commendable fourth, with a strong performance by Thomas Clarke in the 100m.

A group of Year 6 pupils - Daisy Bennett, Narin Cowell, Isobel McAleavy and Isobel Flanagan - also competed in the National Prep School Sports Association athletics finals at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Daisy Bennett came sixth in the 100m final and Isobel Flanagan produced a personal best of 1.35m to come fourth in the high jump. As a quartet the girls came sixth in the 4x100m relay final.

Teacher and athletics coach Jon Lawrie said: “Hill House have produced excellent athletes for a number of years, and it has been fantastic to see these athletes step up and compete in regional and national competitions.

“The pupils have loved every minute of it and it the team spirit in all squads is incredibly strong.”