Cambridgeshire earn Sussex Trophy at English Schools’ Cross Country Championship

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 March 2017

Cambridgeshire schools' runner Thomas Keen

Cambridgeshire schools' runner Thomas Keen


Back-to-back titles for county squad

Thomas Keen has earned a call-up for the England athletics’ squad after helping Cambridgeshire win the Sussex Trophy at the New Balance English Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Norfolk Showground.

The combined junior, intermediate and senior boys’ aggregate team results were enough to hold off Suffolk and Somerset to win the Sussex Trophy – for the Group C (Small) County category – for a second year in a row.

And they were helped to the title by Linton Village College’s Keen, who was fourth in the intermediate boys’ race – a performance that has earned him selection for England at the Home International Cross Country in Port Talbot, Wales this Saturday.

In the same section, Bottisham Village College’s David Dow was 20th and also making it into the top 100 was Oliver Newman, who was 94th.

Hills Road’s Julia Paternain earned a top-10 finish in the senior girls’ race, finishing 10th to finish off an excellent cross country season.

And Swavesey Village College’s Shannon Flockhart was 15th in the intermediate girls’ race, and along with Paternain is at the bottom of her age group.

The scoring for Cambs was aided by Swavesey’s OJ Parmenter finishing 32nd in the juniors’ race and Hinchingbrooke’s Joey Croft taking 53rd in the senior boys’ event.

Full Cambs results: Junior boys’ – 151 W Newcombe, 173 Ben Bayly, 181 Owen Brownston, 199 Ethan Seal, 220 Corban Wood, 236 Fletcher Collins-Shirley, 270 Hugh Dow; Junior girls’ – 116 Isabelle Wilkins, 161 Matilda Taylor, 194 Lottie Knights, 218 Katie Tasker, 267 Emma Lewis, 282 Frances Haines, 286 Ella Robinson, 298 Olivia Mead; Intermediate girls’ – 167 Josie Fortune, 225 Molly Jones, 247 Sophie Smart, 257 Ceclia Hime, 267 Francesca Topel, 290 Ellie Piccaver. Intermediate boys’ – 142 Cameron Ackroyd, 172 Conall McGinness, 175 Nicolas Harhalakis, 211 Robert Anderson, 262 Leon Fuliant; Senior boys’ – 69 Jordan Wood, 106 Daniel Mees, 139 Jacob Freeborough, 191 Scott Thomas, 201 Niall Ackroyd, 218 Peter Cooke; Senior girls’ – 89 Belinda Dow, 109 Alice Newcombe, 133 Emma Schaertlin-Coffey , 154 Hannah Chatfield, 206 Amy Chalmers, 288 Amelia Darnell.

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