Athletics

Another athletics season has come and, all too quickly, gone; the standard of competition and performance has continued to improve. This may account for the fact that only six School records were broken this year and one equalled, as against fourteen new records last year. The outstanding performances were, Martin Coughlan's winning jump of 5' 11" in the Middlesex Grammar Schools High Jump Competition, and Anthony Feerick1s 3 min.8.2 sec. victory in the 1000 metres Steeplechase in the Area Meeting of the Grammar Schools Competition. Mention must be made of John Casey who twice equalled the Junior High Jump record of 5', but was unlucky on both occasions in trying to clear 5' 1".

Injuries affected a number of team members at different times but, in spite of this, results in competitions were excellent. The Steeplechase made its entry into the events on Sports Day; this leaves the Pole Vault and the Hammer the only events still to be attempted -- perhaps next year.

Sports Day was held early in May and, although the weather was rather wet, the whole programme was carried through. It was pleasing to see so large a number of Parents and Friends attend it. The Inter House Competition resulted in a win for Campion with 336 points, Francis got 292, Becket 288 and Gabriel 204.

In the District Sports our combined U.15 and U.17 teams finished second with 79 points; the U.19s got the same placing in their section with 53 points. As a result of this meeting the following were chosen to represent Harrow in the County Sports held in June at Copthall Stadium: G. Carroll, 880 yds Junior; D. Butler, Junior Long Jump; M. Doyle, 100 yds Intermediate; L. Wheeler, 440 yds. Intermediate; A. Ferry, Intermediate High Jump; P. Wismayer, Intermediate Shot; A. Woolford, Senior Mile; M. Coughlan, Senior High Jump; M. Naurocki, Senior Long Jump.

In the Harrow Athletics League for 2nd and 4th Years, our 2nd Year team finished second with 62 points and the 4th Year team came fourth with 52 points. This league was a venture in Harrow and to qualify for the finals meeting, the teams had to take part in three previous meetings. Both our teams are to be congratulated on a very good effort.

In the Grammar Schools Area Competition, we managed to improve our rating by getting fourth place this year. The total score of 130 was gained by the Seniors getting 40 points, the Intermediates 41, Juniors 33 and the Minors 16 points. There are only five events for Minors, this explains why their score is low in comparison with the others. For the first time in this Competition, the School had a representative in nearly all the track finals; this means that competitors had to get through the heats in the morning. The only way to get points is by being represented in the finals and the boys certainly did their bit - especially Willy Fitzgerald who stormed through the 220 yds Junior heats to set a new School record of 25.6 secs. Yet he had to be content with second place in the final that afternoon.

In the Inter-Borough Meet against Hounslow, the following 2nd Year boys represented Harrow; J. Anderson - 100 yards; M. O'Sullivan - Mile; R. Jasieniecki - 100 yds and Shot; J. Powell - Javelin; M. Moore - 800 yds and Discuss. R. Carroll was selected For the 220 yds and High Jump but was prevented by injury from competing.

The table of match results gives an indication of the all round ability for each age group. The 1st Year, despite the overall result, were a little disappointing.


1st Year:
v.
v.
v.
v.
v.
Harrow Weald Grammar School
Downer Grammar School
Gunnersbury Grammar School
Hounslow College & Cardinal Vaughan
Harrow Weald & Downer
  Won  
  Won  
  Lost  
  Won  
  Won  
76-68
85-61
37-55
124-86-72
102-100-79
2nd Year:
v.
v.
v.
v.
v.
Claremont School
Gunnersbury
London Oratory
St. Columba's
Harrow Weald & Downer
Won
Won
-
Won
Won
91-57
79-67
-
61-32
127-96-59
3rd Year:
v.
v.
v.
v.
v.
v.
Harrow Weald Grammar School
Downer Grammar School
Douay Martyrs
London Oratory
Hounslow & Cardinal Vaughan
Harrow Weald & Downer
Won
Won
Won
-
Won
Won
87-71
85-62
78-66
-
107-95-65
122-84-75
4th Year:
v.
v.
v.
v.
v.
Claremont School
Gunnersbury
London Oratory
St. Columba's
Harrow Weald & Downer
Won
Lost
-
Won
Won
75-73
66-84
-
80-67
113-84-80
O15s:
v.
v.
St. Columba's
Hounslow College & Southall Tech. Grammar School
Lost
Won
59-83
121-83-73

In conclusion a special word of thanks is due to those members of Staff who helped with the running of the Athletics Meetings. Without their generosity these meetings could not have been run so smoothly and I am very grateful to them.

L. Preston


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