Seaford College students notched up success for the school in the National Prep School Championships Athletics meeting, held at the Alexandria Centre, Birmingham. Jake Goosen, 12, from Chichester, came third in the 100m sprint, while Tara Bage, 13, from Angmering, came 6th in the 1500 metres race with a new personal best of 5 minutes 11 seconds.
Tara qualified when she ran at the Sussex Prep Schools Championships at K2 Crawley in June, where she won the 1500m race by a full minute to the second placed athlete. Although she was unwell with a tummy bug for the Birmingham event, she still wanted to run and did very well to come in sixth place.
Jake is a good all-round sportsman at Seaford, where he has been a pupil for the past year. As well as his passion for sprint, he is in the school rugby, hockey and cricket and football teams.
He qualified in an earlier event at Hurstpierpoint when he was runner-up to the student who took the eventual first place in the nationals. Jake is about to start in Year 8 at Seaford College Prep School, near Petworth, while Tara is moving up to Year 9.
Seaford College headmaster Toby Mullins said: “Seaford College has always had a strong sporting ethos and it’s exciting to see such great new talent coming up through the ranks. Both Jake and Tara show remarkable ability and determination, with excellent potential for the future.”