District victory’s sweet for town primary stars

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BUCKINGHAM Primary School achieved first place at the AVPSAA District Athletics Championships at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Following on from their success at the District Cross Country Championships in March, the school were confident of further celebrations.

Children from Year 3 to Year 6 began with the long jump and the shot as both James Aubrey and Millie Handley threw the fourth best throw.

Leon Cooper was third in the boys Year 5 & 6 competition and Megan Thompson came fourth.

In the long jump, Beth Turner finished an impressive second while Louis Garnier secured fourth place for his team.

Emily Croft gained a valuable two points for her team and Harrison Turner-Robson picked up a further four points.

The team were full of anticipation when it came to the track as Owen James, who won the District Cross Country Championships, ran first in the 800m.

He ran a perfectly executed race – sitting on the shoulder of the leader and timing his finish perfectly to win in a time of 2.38 minutes.

The stage was then set for Abi Fitton, who was running the distance untested but performed superbly to win in three minutes exactly.

Leon Cooper was next to go in the 600m and a determined run saw him come an admirable second.

In the Year 3 & 4 girls 600m, Holly Phillips brought home a crucial eight points after winning the race in style, having taken the lead at the 200m mark.

It was then the turn of the sprinters and two mid-place finishes for Aden Radojevic and Rochelle Joe in the 60m sprint.

The more experienced Liam Finn earned two points for his team while Emily Croft cruised through to win her race.

The Year 5 sprinters saw Lyndon Keeling-Zatta fight for two points in his race.

Following that, Millie Handley produced a brilliant 80m race to finish second.

In the Year 6 races, Charlie Saunders, who has been struggling for fitness, came back to form having just missed out on second place.

The final athlete to go was Amber Evans, who has proved unbeatable on the track, and had another fine race to win and bring home the eight points.

In the relays, Chloe Everest ran her first track race in the Year 3 & 4 girls relay and, after a blistering final bend by Beth Turner, the race saw a magnificent girls Year 5 & 6 team win the last race of the competition.

The first place shield was seized with considerable pride by the team at the end of the evening.

An impressive winning score put them five points in front of their closest competitor as Buckingham Primary School continues to develop its young athletes.

They now look forward to the next opportunity to compete at the County School Games in July.

The full team: Megan Thompson, Beth Turner, Millie Handley, Emily Croft , Rochelle Joe, Holly Phillips, Amber Evans, Abi Fitton, Chloe Everest, James Aubrey, Charlie Saunders, Harrison Turner-Robson, Liam Finn, Lyndon Keeling-Zatta, Aden Radojevic, Leon Cooper, Louis Garnier, Owen James.