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Midlands streak continues for Rugby athletes

Steve Carpenter 12th Oct, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

A DEPLETED Rugby & Northampton team extended their dominant West Midlands streak with a second place finish at the opening weekend of the West Midland Young Athletes’ Cross Country League

The Athletics Club entered the Warwick meet on Sunday meeting as champions for the past seven seasons and despite fielding a depleted team, performed well to finish second, only 23 points behind winners Wolverhampton & Bilston after celebrating four race wins out of eight.

The club’s under-17 Men were dominant in claiming first place and the top three individual spots. Joshua Lay led the way to win the 4.8km Under-17 race in 16 minutes and 44 seconds, claiming the maximum 200 points, and he was followed shortly after by Joe Musgrave (17.18) and Muss-Ab Hassan (17.23) in second and third respectively.

Also inside the top ten were Matthew Chronicle (17.29) in sixth and eighth-placed Rhys James (17.42).

Team victories were also enjoyed by the Under-11 Boys and Girls teams. Arthur Tilt (5.38) led home the Under-11 Boys team finishing in second place over the 1.6km course.

Two places further back was Luke Turner (5.47), and Jenson Buttrick (5.2) completed the trio inside the top ten, finishing in sixth. The scoring team was rounded off by Ethan Masters (6.14) and Louis Starr (6.14) in 23rd and 24th respectively, in a 106-runner field.

Five Under-11 Girls achieved top-20 positions with Georgia Tomczyk (11th), Georgia Gercs (12th), Grace Darcy (15th) and Olivia Willison (16th) all finishing in 6.33, while Jemima Lily Lambert (6.44) crossed the line in 20th.

Noah Bennett (9:13) was the first Under-13 B home, in fifth, as the team also took the win. In seventh was Louis Buttrick (9.19) while Aidan O’Brien (9.36) and Henry Woodward (9.37) finished 17th and 18th in the 2.5km race. The scoring team was rounded off by Finlay Heard (10:05) in 29th place.

Molly Williams (13.03) was runner-up in the 3.2k Under-15 G competition and she was joined in the top ten by Lucy Stevens (eighth, 13.48) and Abigail Pearce (ninth, 13.53). The streak of great runs continued as Holly Walker (14.09) finished 13th and Amelia McMurtrie (14.43) in 26th to help the overall Under-15 G team place second.

The Under-15 B race was won by Adam Caulfield who completed the 3.2km course in an impressive time of 11.09 to take a commanding 22-second victory. The next R&N athlete over the line was Ben Hope (12.23) in 12th and Cian Hutton (12.58) in 21st as the team claimed third place.

An enthusiastic Under-17 Girl’s team took fourth place thanks in no small part to Amy Walker’s (16.18) fifth-place finish. She was supported by Hollie Moore (17.14) and Olivia Sheehan (17.25) in 19th and 23rd respectively.

The Under-13 Girls finished sixth in their race. Olivia Williams (10.12) led the way for R&N in 12th, Mia Clark (11.04) was next to finish in 44th while Zoe Gardner (11.20) and Sophia Hill (11.24) claimed the 53rd and 55th places.

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