Sweet sixteen

Stevenage and North Herts AC members took part in three separate events on Saturday. Sixteen took part in the Herts County Schools Cross-Country Championships at St Albans. Jo Mansell claimed pride of place by winning the intermediate girls event (Years

Stevenage and North Herts AC members took part in three separate events on Saturday.

Sixteen took part in the Herts County Schools' Cross-Country Championships at St Albans.

Jo Mansell claimed pride of place by winning the intermediate girls' event (Years 10-11) for Hitchin Girls' School.

In third place in this event, clocking 14:27, was Vicky Little from Highfield School, with Sam McCormick (Barnwell) in 12th and Louise O'Connell (Heathcote) 17th.


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Sole senior girl (Years 12-13) from Knights Templar was Becky Newstead in sixth place.

Also finishing in sixth place in the junior girls' event for Years Eight-Nine was Hannah Dewhurst (St Francis College) clocking 12:18, with Amy Pring (Barnwell) 17th (13:30), Sarah Pike (Hitchin Girls) 19th (13:31) and Claire Ward (Highfield) 20th (13:37) finishing close together.

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Also in this race, Temi Fajobi finished 38th and Charlotte Baird was 49th.

The pre-juniors race for Year Seven saw Alice Rackham (Hitchin Girls) finish in 14th place.

Senior boy Marcus McKechnie completed his run in 27:39 for eighth.

Josh Moss (Fearnhill) with 21:41 in 13th place and Callum McKechnie (Heathcote) with 21:56 in 14th place were the club's members in the intermediate boys' age group.

Luke Langley (Heathcote) clocked 15:49 for his excellent 11th place in the junior boys' event.

The club's leading senior distance runner, Sara Bailey, took part in the British University Cross-Country Championships at Bath.

She faced competition from women three years or more older than her.

Running for Loughborough University, she was 27th, the first 'first year' home for her team and clocking 23:41.

Four club members were snug and warm inside the University of East Anglia's sportshall at Norwich.

The quartet were representing Herts against the county teams from Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Beds and Cambs in the East Region Sportshall Finals.

In the girls' under-13 age group, Alex Gates had a busy afternoon.

Pairing up with Danni Town (Dacorum and Tring AC), they finished second in the eight-lap paarlauf event, just behind the highest ranked pair in the winter's events so far.

Alex, a first year in this age group, also ran both a heat and final in the four-lap event - a lap being two lengths of the sportshall - finishing fifth in the final.

She also finished in seventh place in the standing triple jump.

In the boys' under-13 team event, Paul Spicer cleared 1.35m for fourth place overall in the high jump.

Daniel Gardner and Billy Vernon-Hamilton were half of the 4x1 lap and 4x2 laps relay teams who finished in third place in their two races.

Daniel was also fifth in the standing triple jump event and Billy was sixth in the standing long jump event. The Herts teams came third in both the girls and boys' competition.

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