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Archie puts name in records book
ARCHIE Brayford twice wrote his name in to the record books at the annual Blackburn and Darwen town sports athletics championships.
In what proved to be one of the best championships in recent years, no fewer than four ‘new bests’ were set at Witton Park.
And it was Darwen Vale who were busiest on the day as they broke three of them.
Sprint ace Archie lowered the previous best times in both the Year Eight 100m and 200m with two blistering runs.
And team-mate Macaulay Scott set a new record of 1.80m in winning the Year 10/11 high jump – and also added the long jump title.
The last record to fall was the longest standing as St Bede’s Year 10/11 100m relay team set a new best time of 47.30 seconds.
A total of 11 secondary schools took part with pupils from Year 7 through to Year 11 competed in track and field events who contributed to an overall team score by finishing in the top six places. Other stand-out individual performances came from Brandon Kinder from St Wilfrid’s who won both the Year Eight hurdles and the shot put. Reece Thompson from Witton was victorious in the Year Nine Boys 200m and 800m and James Blow from St Bede’s won the Year 10/11 100m hurdles and the triple jump – and also finished second in the 100m behind Joshua Reidy, also from St Bede’s.
Emma Layfield from St Wilfrid’s was the top performer in the girls, completing a personal treble of victories in the Year 8 100m, 200m and long jump. Amber Kenyon from St Bede’s won the Year 9 long jump and 100m. And Sophie Layfield from St Wilfrid’s showed that speed runs in the family as she followed up sister Emma’s success by winning the Year 10/11 100m and 200m.
In the team competitions, St Bede’s took the honours in the boys event, amassing 209 points, with St Wilfrid’s in second on 166 points and QEGS third with 157. In the girl’s competition, St Wilfrid’s were crowned champions with 229 points with Westholme second with 213 and St Bede’s third with 208 points.
This year’s event was organised by Blakewater School.
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