AN IMPRESSIVE total of five Redditch athletes from four town schools competed in the County Combined Athletics Championships at Stourport, where RSA Academy Arrow Vale’s Matthew Griffin was crowned boys’ champion.
In the last couple of years there was only one Redditch athlete in action at this event but, this time around, good performances had resulted in five Redditch athletes earning selection.
Each had to compete across five events during the day, accumulating points for their performances. Each of the competitions featured 16 competitors.
Emilia Wright from St Augustine’s was Redditch’s sole female athlete and she performed well over her five events – 75m hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump and 800m – to finish ninth overall, winning the shot put and finishing sixth in the 800m.
The boys’ competition was an exciting one for Redditch athletes as Griffin and Josh Keyte (Trinity) took first and second places in the 80m hurdles.
In the shot put, Andy Roadley (St Augustine’s) claimed victory to bring him up the leaderboard.
Griffin also won the high jump, Keyte triumphed in the long jump and Walkwood year eight pupil Josh Robins won the 800m to bring him from ninth to sixth overall.
Griffin led the competition from start to finish to become County Combined events champion, improving on his runner-up position of last year. Roadley finished second and Keyte fourth.
Griffin and Roadley have been selected to compete for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Schools in the Regional Combined events in Milton Keynes on June 24.
Keyte and Robins are also in the squad and will be called upon if any of the selected team are unable to compete.