College trio bound for nationals

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WHITBY Community College athletes Grace Rodgers, Dani Braithwaite and Becky Mills are all bound for the nationals in Gateshead this weekend.

Following a string of very promising results on the track, Dani has been selected to run for North Yorkshire in the 800m.

She achieved the testing qualifying time of 2 mins 17 secs early on in the season and has since clocked 2:15 so should enter into the championships feeling confident.

Becky has also been selected for the 800m and will be looking to improve even further on the 2:17 qualifying standard she has already performed.

At senior girl level, Grace has qualified for the 800m by running 2:15.

She will be looking to run even faster than this as she competes in this highly prestigious championship.

Head of Girls’ PE, Julie Mastrolonardo, said: “The fact that the girls have qualified to compete is in itself an achievement when only 35 athletes across all age groups both male and female, for all events, have achieved the qualifying standards from across the whole of North Yorkshire.

“If the girls reach the final of their events they can be seen live on Saturday afternoon on Sky Sports.”

Other athletes from the college who were selected to compete for Scarborogh and district at the county championships include Abi Millward 100m, Sam Porter 200m and discus, Jack Cooper 100m, Aaron Yeoman shot putt, Darren Mills javelin, Maria Mastrolonardo high jump, Fergal Clenaghan and Dougie Elias long jump, Megan Trowsdale shot putt, Ben Lewis 3,000m and Joe Hugill triple jump.

“With 14 athletes representing the college at district level and three at county level, this has been another bumper year of athletics at college, especially as the key stage four athletes managed to retain the Whitby/Ryedale title for the seventh successive year,” added Mrs Mastrolonardo.