Seaford College’s athletes performed fantastically this summer, often beating far bigger schools than ourselves. Our Junior boys’ (JB) team was certainly the team of the term, remaining undefeated throughout, and the Junior boys’ relay team was also unbeaten all term.
The season started with a six-school meeting at Charterhouse. Both our Inter boys’ (IB) and Junior boys’ teams were victorious, and the Seniors came a respectable fourth. We recorded some fine individual wins, including Hugo Squires in the SB 200m and Dom Easton the IB 400m, and also came first in the relay. In the Juniors, our winners were: Ash Goodwin in the 100m and 200m, George Newton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin, and Max Harding in the discus, with the relay team again victorious.
Next came the West Sussex West championship at Portsmouth, where a record number of Seaford pupils – 32 –qualified for the Sussex championships in June. Our strong Junior boys and girls teams won overall and there were some fantastic individual performances: in the Seniors, Hugo Squires won the 100m, Tom Cowan the 800m, Max Newton the shot, Elliott Quinton the discus, and Callum Loeffen-Ames the javelin.
There were also victories for the Inter boys’ – Otis Jackson (200m) and Simon Ward (javelin) – and Junior boys’ teams: Tom Page (800m), George Newton (shot), Rupert Blackwell (javelin), Archie Rees (hurdles) and Charlie Newman (triple jump), and a team of Newman, Kilroy, Blackwell and Goodwin won the relay, breaking the school record in the process. In the girls’ team, Martha Crosdil won the 100m, Xenia Truman the 800m, and Olivia McDonald the 1500m – the latter breaking the school record as well.
Next was a boys’ and girls’ meet at Eastbourne against Eastbourne, Hurst, Ardingly and Worth. Again we performed strongly, winning all three boys’ age groups and coming second in two of the girls’ age groups. “For us to dominate such good opposition across all ages was inspiring,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics.
The boys next took on Hurst, Worth and Eastbourne at Hurst. Our Senior and Junior teams were victorious and we came second in the Inter age group. There were some notable performances: in the Senior section Tom Cowan won the 800m and remained unbeaten for the term.
Later in the term, the Inters and Juniors combined as a team and took on Charterhouse and Cranleigh. We dominated the match, winning all but two events.
Next came the Sussex Championships at Crawley, in which we won more medals than ever before, including three golds and Sussex county champions: Caelan Stanton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin (maintaining his unbeaten record for the season, and Ashley Goodwin 200m.
Our silver medallists that day were: Charlotte Reading (800m), Olivia McDonald (1500m, breaking her own school record), Will Newman (high jump), Joe Spiby (discus), George Newton (shot), and Dom Easton, Mike Logan and Otis Jackson (all in the relay). Bronze-medal winners: Tom Page (800m, setting a new school record, his target all term), Max Newton (shot), Archie Rees (hurdles), Xenia Truman (800m), Alosie Nkwocha (triple jump) and Araminta Reed (relay).
End of season awards:
Senior athlete of year – Tom Cowan
Most improved Senior athlete – Hugo Squires
Year 11/U16 athlete of the year – Michael Logan
Most improved Year 11/U16 athlete – Otis Jackson-Marijnissen
Year 10/U15 athlete of year – Dom Easton
Most improved Year 10/U15 athlete – Josh Harry
Year 9/U14 athletes of year – Tom Page and Ashley Goodwin
Most improved Year 9/U14 athletes – Rupert Blackwell and Caelan Stanton