Quality South Downs field claim Sussex champs medals

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South Downs Schools swept up at the Sussex Schools Athletics Championships in Crawley, coming home with a host of medals.

Just a small team were sent to the competition but they managed to accumulate a pleasing number of gold, silver and bronze awards.

Harry Clarke and Dominic Clark.

Harry Clarke and Dominic Clark.

In the Junior Girls events, Robyn Mackay (Eastbourne College) got a bronze in the 75m hurdles and combined with Hannah Davis (Bishop-Bell), Naomi Jackson (Ratton) and Rosie Down (Bishop-Bell) to win an impressive silver medal in the 4x100m relay.

In the Inter Girls, Maddie Mann (Eastbourne College) claimed gold in the 200m with a time of 26.6, Rebecca Towney (Eastbourne College) fought hard for a bronze in the 800m and Hannah McDonald (Priory) also finished third in the pole-vault.

Patrick Ankaer performed well in the Junior Boys’ 400m, winning a deserved silver medal with a time of 57.3.

In the Inter Boys competition, Matt Harrison defied the winds to take home the silver medal in the 400m hurdles.

In the blue ribbon event, George Marsh (St Bedes) stormed to 100m glory while Jordan Surridge (Cavendish) claimed the bronze.

Matt Ginno (Willingdon School) got a well-deserved bronze in the 200m and joined up with Marsh, Surridge and Cunningham (Eastbourne College) to win the gold in the 4x100m relay.

Unexpected results came in the Senior Boys as Harry Clarke (Eastbourne College) won the long jump with a distance of 5.96m, despite having to borrow his teacher’s spikes. Dominic Clark also surprised a few by scooping bronze in the high jump.

The schools would like to thank Sue Keen (Brighton University), Robin Giles (Eastbourne College) and Barry Morris (Eastbourne Rovers) for their support.