Challenging conditions in Barton but girls celebrate cross country title
THE Humberside Schools' Cross Country Championships took place in cold and challenging conditions at Baysgarth School.
North Lincolnshire schools selected their athletes (aged 11-18) based on performances at the North Lincolnshire Schools' Cross Country Championships held at Central Park last December.
Eight races were contested, with athletes from North Lincolnshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire battling to become Humberside Schools' Cross Country champions.
In the Minor Boys' (Year 7) race, 40 athletes competed over the 1,900 metre course.
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Ten North Lincolnshire athletes completed the course, with Adam Carn (Baysgarth School) finishing second in seven minutes 43 seconds.
Dean McCarthy (Frederick Gough School) finished eighth in 7.58 and Jonty Jackson (Winterton School) ninth in 8.02.
The Minor Girls (Year 8) ran the same distance but a larger field of 48 runners completed the course, including 11 North Lincolnshire athletes.
Ellie Watts (South Axholme Academy) was the top finisher for North Lincolnshire, achieving third place in 8.23.
In the Junior (Year 8/9) Boys, 43 competitors ran over 4,150m.
Ryan Douglas (South Axholme Academy) was the top finisher from North Lincolnshire in 13th place with a time of 17.37.
Thirty-nine Junior Girls ran a course of 2,950m.
Finleigh Dukes (South Axholme Academy) finished sixth in 13.58, Abby Scales (Winterton Community Academy) eighth with 14.08 and Macey Day (The Vale Academy) 10th in 14.16.
In the Inter age (Year 10/11), 27 girls completed a 4,700m course.
Saskia Lewis (The Snaith School) finished eighth in a time of 18.45, closely followed by Eleanor Chafer (South Axholme), ninth with 18.50.
Thirty-six Inter Boys competed over a course of 5,500m.
Joe Byrne (Brumby Engineering College) was the top North Lincolnshire finisher in eighth place in 19.2.
He was followed by Shaun Smith (Baysgarth School) in ninth with a time of 19.14 and Josh Jones (The Vale Academy) 10th in 19.16.
The Senior Boys ran the longest course of the day of 6,700m.
Elliott Stones (John Leggott College) finished second.
In the Senior Girls' race over 4,700m, Georgia Howard-Weston (John Leggott College) finished fifth in 19.15 and Jasmine McNaught (Baysgarth School) sixth in 21.30.
The top eight finishers from each county in each race allowed a team score to be calculated.
From the four counties competing North Lincolnshire won the Inter Girls' Team title, were runners-up in the Junior Girls, Inter Boys and Junior Boys' Team competitions and came third in the Year 7 Boys' and Girls' Team competitions.
Top placed individual runners in the Junior, Inter and Senior age groups now wait to hear if they have been selected to represent Humberside Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Catton Park, Derbyshire on March 16.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the championships and the staff involved in hosting and organising the event.