The Scots College Athletics team entered the 2013 AAGPS Athletics Championship with a new sense purpose. Every athlete was focused on competing as a team and bringing pride to the college. The boys performed with heart and courage with the junior team placing a strong third place overall and the Senior team winning the prestigious Open 4×100m and 4×400m relay titles.
The junior team was lead by year eight’s Billy Ryan and Daniel Parras. Billy won the 800m event in a new personal best time and then later went on to win the 1500m in a new GPS record. Daniel Parras who has been leading the GPS in the Long Jump event proved to be the class of the field in winning his second straight GPS title. A number of boys had breakthrough performances on the day finishing with GPS medals. Cameron Fleming won his first of two medals on the day finishing with a bronze in the 800m and then winning the silver with a fine performance in the 1500m. Charlie Burnett was outstanding bringing home the first Scots hurdle medal of the day finishing in the silver position in the 100m Hurdles. Charlie Burgess-Hoar lead the High Jump straight through the competition and was narrowly defeated by his opponent to finish with a silver medal. 400m runners Christopher Ballas(year 7) and George Steele-Park (year 8) both had strong races finishing with bronze medals. Ethan McDonald had a breakthrough performance on the day to finish with the bronze medal in the Shot Put. Congratulations to the junior team on an outstanding team performance.
The intermediate team was lead by long jumper Alex Powys who finished just two centimeters out of the gold medal position in the Under 15 Long jump, Justin Green who in his first year of Athletics won a bronze medal in the 400m and Leonard King who finished with a strong third in the 100m event. The performance of the day in the intermediates was Jacob McCorry who was the class of the field in the 110m Hurdles winning his first GPS title in a personal best time of 15.44 seconds.
The Senior team started off the day with outstanding performances in the 800m. Matthew Scott ran a personal best time to finish with his first of two individual medals. Matthew also won the silver medal in the Open 1500m event. Ben Gordon ran his best time in two years to finish with the Silver Medal in the Open 800m event. Matthew Crafts brought home the silver medal in the Open 100m event. Year 12 Timothy Spehr was a double medal performer finishing with a silver in the Open 3000m and a bronze in the Under 17 1500m.
The highlight of the day was the two Open Relay teams who won Gold medals posting very fast times surprising the other schools with their performances.
The Open 4×400m was lead by Matthew Scott who ran an outstanding first leg to hand the baton to year 12 Max Cooper. Max ran tough holding his position through a very tight cut-in on the second leg. Ben Gordon running off of a silver medal earlier in the day ran with confidence and determination to eventually hand the baton to anchor runner Matthew Crafts in the lead position. The final leg was a battle of titans with Matthew running head to head with the Open 100m and 200m champion from The King’s School. Matthew held ground down the backstretch and ran neck and neck in the final bend but was able to find that extra bit of power in the homestretch to out muscle his opponent to the finish line.
The Open 4×100m relay team was carefully selected from a fast group of Scots sprinters. Leading the way was start specialist Henry Lister who got out of the blocks first to take the early lead. The first exchange wasn’t pretty but it eventually got into the hands of our second runner Matthew Crafts who was able to gain ground on the field down the backstretch. The second exchange was smooth and Andrew Kellaway ran the race of his high school career directly in front of the Scots crowd to take the lead on the final exchange to the Captain of Athletics 2013 Huw Thomas. Huw ran a smooth and relaxed leg holding his form straight through the line to take the win in an impressive 42.65 seconds.
Congratulations to the GPS Athletics team of 2013. With such strong performances, we look forward to continued Scots Athletics success in future years.
(Director of Athletics)