Athletics: The English Schools Cup
The Audenshaw School Athletics team arrived at Longford Park on Thursday morning in confident mood with a team boasting some of the brightest young talents in the North West. In unfavourable conditions the field athletes started brightly with Sam Wilkinson-Wright throwing 9.32 metres in the intermediate boys shot putt and this was then bettered by Eddie Corcoran from year nine who earned 13 points for his team with a throw of 9.39m. Alex Quinn and Jonathan Wilbraham both excelled in the discus competition with throws of 22.00m and 24.12m respectively.
Luke Hassall and Lloyd Banner represented well in the junior boys high jump earning a combined 21 points for the team and Nosa Iyamu and Joe Oakes added 32 more in the triple jump. School record holder, Sam Dean was at his destructive best in the junior boys shot putt with his gold medal winning 10.40m adding 21 more points to the Audenshaw total.
It was however, in the track events that the red and whites really shone through with total dominance in the sprints. Joe Worthington raced home in 13.00s to collect 20 points to add to the 21 earned in the javelin in the morning and Sam Peake-Lees won the 200m in 27.3s. Next it was the turn of Josh Askew who impressed the sizeable crowd by winning the intermediate boys 100m in 12.4s and Liam Kennerly followed this by coming third in the 800m.
The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the 400m event with Audenshaw athletes winning every race. Nosa Iyamu cruised home in 60.6 to win the junior boys event and the first of the intermediate races was won by Toby Adesunloye in a personal best 58.4s. The best however was still to come as the stadium fell silent in awe as our own Denver Massey destroyed yet another championship record to win in 51.9s.
This completed another highly successful afternoon for the Audenshaw team who have now qualified for the next round of this prestigious event. The boys will go forward in confident mood to the regional stages in Macclesfield with the title now well within their reach.