‘Newcomer’ to sport smashes county record

Jay Ferns
Jay Ferns
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A Whitby Community College student who is a relative newcomer to track and field, has smashed a county championship record which stood for 37 years.

Jay Ferns (16) also gained the title county champion following his run in the 3,000m.

On a still, humid day at Huntington Stadium, the stage was set for a “quite awesome” performance.

Jay, ayear 11 pupil currently sitting his GCSE exams, was desperate to achieve the tough English Schools qualifying time of 8 minutes 59 seconds.

He went into the race with a personal best time of 9 minutes 2 seconds.

PE teacher Julie Mastrolonardo said: “Jay, who completes a large proportion of his training on a treadmill, knew just what he had to do to win and achieve his time.

“No stranger to hard work, he set out with dogged determination and under the watchful eye of his coach Tony Hare from Loftus and Whitby Athletics Club, he began his quest.

“With great discipline, he adhered to his required lap times without faltering and when he crossed the line, was delighted to see the clock displaying 8 minutes 48 seconds.

“Not only had he achieved a new personal best – and the necessary time to attend English Schools – but he had also smashed the County Championship record that had stood for thirty seven years since 1977.

“This is a completely inspiring performance – and thoroughly deserved by Jay who is such an unassuming, but incredibly hardworking lad.

A most notable performance in the same event came from college student Emily Dowson, who putt the shot 9.76m to clinch the county title.

Jay and Emily were among 10 athletes from the college competing at the County Athletics Championships.

All the athletes were selected to compete for Scarborough and district following trials last month. They were:

1 Ema Crusher 100m

2Isabel Mastrolonardo 300m /triple jump

3 Megan Coates high jump

4 Emily Dowson long jump /shot 

5 Lina Cox triple jump

6 Owen Grant 400m

7 Callum Halley 800m /triple jump

8 Jay Ferns 3000m 

9 Lewis Brearly, discus

10 Ben Millson 100m/200m