5 Newcastle (Staffs) AC athletes were selected to represent Staffordshire Schools in this years English Schools Cross Country Championships held today at Witton Park, Blackburn. This event is the culmination of a series of races starting with inter schools, district schools and finally the county schools championships – all with the aim of being selected for one of the coveted 8 team places. In the Junior Boys Race we had two athletes, Jordan Nixon and Jacob Droogmans, in the Intermediate Girls we had Sophie Goodfellow, in the Intermediate Boys we had James Fradley, finally in the Senior Boys race we had Ben Meir. Sophie’s was the first race of the day and despite being ill all week Sophie competed well and finished 268th and as 6th Counter for Staffordshire (38th Team). Next up were Jordan and Jacob in the Junior Boys race. They had a personal duel all the way round, with Jordan finishing the stronger and coming out on top today in 236th (3rd Staffs Counter) with Jacob finishing in 289th (7th Staffs). Their team finished 36th. James Fradley was next up in the Inter Boys race and finished in 64th, finishing as 1st Staffordshire Counter and leading the team to 35th. The final race of the day saw Ben Meir take 72nd Position and finish as the 2nd Staffs Counter in the team that finished in 25th. Congratulations to all five athletes on your excellent performances. For results click here

James, Sophie, Jordan and Jacob
Jacob and Jordan