College claim double in district cross country races

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WHITBY Community College boys and girls both won their district cross country races in the Richard Lucas memorial races at Scalby School

This event - which took place for the 42nd year at Scalby in weather more akin to the athletics season than cross country - is run in memory of Richard Lucas, a former teacher of Scalby, who died in a climbing accident.

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It also doubles up as the first league meeting (in a series of three) for Scarborough and District Schools.

Instead of contending with the wind and rain usually associated with cross country, the athletes battled to stay cool in temperatures of 25 degrees.

The testing course took in playing fields, rough track and “the hill” - famed for its length and steepness - which the girls encountered once and the boys twice.

For the first time, the event was run midweek in an attempt to attract more competitors –and this certainly worked with the size of the field swelled as compared to previous years.

In the boys’ race, Shane Hicks went out strongly and with confidence to finish in a 4th place.

Hot on his heels was Callum Booth who finished 5th, Phil Hartas 6th and Sam Fussey 7th.

Next home was Jem Dring in 12th, Ben Lewis 14th, Miles Locker 16th and Jack Nixon 31st.

This excellent team effort earned them the top spot.

The girls’ raced followed and they too put together an impressive team display.

In a strong field of 40-plus, Charity Swales led the Whitby Community College team home in 4th place.

Maria Mastrolonardo was close behind in 6th.

A top 10 finish was also earned by top orienteerer, Ellie Wright.

Olivia Cockerill who has improved immeasurably since last season due to her disciplined training regime, came in 12th. Holly Hodgson, newcomer to the team, finished in 19th place. They too, like the boys, took first place in the district.

The team are now looking forward to the second league meeting to be held at Caedmon on 19 October.