Magnificent Seven for Walkden as the stars of track and field take centre stage once more...

After a stunning morning of competition at Cleavley Track which saw the
Year 7 and 9 athletes walk away with a hatful of medals, it was the turn of
the Year 8 and 10 athletes to continue the winning habit.
In the morning Year 7 competition, Tom Morris won gold and bronze in the
100m (12.8s) and Shot Putt (8.20m) respectively, whilst Oliver Heron took
silver in the 200m. There was a double gold for Pascal Kpohomouh in the
400m and Long Jump, and then Jacob Yates (2.39:8) and Ben Gore (5.21:1)
took gold in the 800m and 1500m. Gore followed his first place with silver in
the High Jump. There were medals for Adam Baglin in the Discus (14.00m) and Beck Ebsworth in the Javelin (24.00m). The final event of the morning saw the relay quartet of Ben Lowe, Gore, Kpohomouh and Morris win gold with another dominant performance.
In the Year 9 events, medals again arrived at regular intervals as Ben Moseley took silver and bronze in the 200m (24.3s – a new school record) and Long Jump (4.81m). Jack Laycock produced a fine leap of 9.68m to win the Triple Jump whilst Ayden Connor took gold in the Shot Putt (9.88m).  Sam Calderbank and Aidan Barlow both won silver medals on the track in the 800m and 1500m finals respectively. Barlow then claimed silver in the Discus with a throw of 21.59m. Dylan Bradbury claimed gold in the High Jump (1.55m) whilst Adam Christey took bronze in the Javelin.
In the heats of the 100m and 200m, all Walkden runners made it safely through to the finals later in the afternoon. The first medals arrived in the Year 10 field events as Caleb Richards took silver in the Triple Jump with a leap of 10.76m whilst Matthew Walsh won a bronze in the Shot Put (9.15m). On the track it was a family affair as brothers Jamie and Liam Pollitt both won their finals of the 800m to secure the first gold medals of the afternoon. In the finals of the 100m, both Robert Strickland and Lewis Massey just missed out on medals but there was joy in the 200m as Adam Durkin won bronze (27.26s) and Max Bardsley-Rowe took home silver in a time of 24.61s. Not to be outdone, the Year 10 relay quartet of   Richards, Pollitt, Bardsley-Rowe and Massey surged through their race to win gold in a time of 48.8s       (a new Salford Schools’ record).
Pollitt leapt to a bronze medal in the Year 10 Long Jump (4.88m) and Matthew Dunn managed to secure gold with a jump of 4.61m in the Year 8 event. In the Year 10 Javelin, James Bulloch dominated another competition to take home gold with a throw of 38.00m whilst Tom Barlow was awarded bronze in the Year 8 Discus final. The medals kept coming as Louis Ayre produced a perfectly timed run to win the 1500m in 4.52:6 and then minutes after finishing, he went on to take silver in the Year 10 Discus with a throw of 20.31m. The final field event of the afternoon saw Daniel Garvey win silver in the Year 10 High Jump with a best attempt of 1.55m. Attention now turned to the Year 8 relay final and the quartet of Ryan Hill, Pollitt, Adam Durkin and Strickland ran a great race to take second place and secure another silver medal.
Overall, it was another wonderful afternoon and the number of top three finishers and Walkden  medallists was impressive. It was a pleasure to see such a high level of competition and all athletes can be extremely proud of their efforts. 6 out of 8 titles won for a second successive year and the Champion School title retained for a seventh successive year. What an achievement!  

Mr Tobutt
Salford Schools’ Athletics Championships Review
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