CROSS COUNTRY: Zoe zooms home to Grittleton prize
Junior boys competitiors make their way through an avenue of trees at Grittleton House School on Saturday
ZOE Wassell led a stunning North Wiltshire clean sweep in the inter girls’ race at the Wiltshire Schools’ Cross Country Championships.
The 14-year-old Malmes-bury School student, who has been in terrific form this winter, again looked impressive as she cantered to victory at Grittleton House School finishing 19 seconds clear of Sheldon School’s Gemma Sheppard.
St Mary’s of Calne student Yasmin Watling, who was racing for the first time since suffering an ankle ligaments injury while playing lacrosse last autumn, was an encouraging third as the North Wilts girls dominated the podium.
The squad were also within a whisker of lifting the team title with the perfect score of 21 points.
With Sheldon’s Ellen Lindsey fourth and Malmesbury’s Kirstie Roberts fifth North Wilts only needed Malmesbury’s Miri King to finish next to ensure all a clean sweep of all six scorers.
But Jade Day, of Matravers, had other ideas as the West Wilts runner edged out King to claim that sixth spot though it didn’t affect the outcome of the team competition with the North Wilts girls’ scoring 22 pints to trounce Salisbury by 63 points.
In the senior girls’ race Sheldon School’s Kirsty Stanley can be pleased with her silver medal behind Salisbury’s Alex Mundell and there was also a silver for Corsham School’s Jade Littlechild in the junior girls’ race.
The 13-year-old, who won a silver in the minor girls’ race 12 months ago, also led the North Wilts squad to team gold with excellent support from St Mary’s Ariana Watling – younger sister of Yasmin – in third, Hardenhuish’s Katie Strange in fifth and the St Mary’s pair of Lucy Fitzpatrick and Harriet Austin 11th and 16th respectively.
The scoring was completed by Corsham’s Issy Hawkins in 23rd to give North Wilts a score of 60 – just three ahead of Salisbury.
The talented group of runners from St Mary’s were also in evidence in the minor girls’ race with Davina Gray and Ella Malik finishing second and third respectively.
In a very competitive inter boys’ race David Bunce of Hardenhuish just missed out on an individual medal, finishing fourth, but he had the consolation of leading the North Wilts squad of Jacob Payne (Corsham), Jessie Bacon (Corsham), Shaun Johnson (Sheldon), Luke Campbell (Malmesbury) and Jay Painter (Sheldon) to an exciting team gold .
That’s because North and West Wilts both finished with 65 points but the verdict was given to the North by virtue of the fact that Painter’s 15th place was better than the North’s sixth and final scorer in 20th.
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