RECORDS TUMBLE AT APS ATHLETICS FINALS

Mia Gross, Nick Henry, Jarvis Keogh and Mercedes Lewis each produced incredible individual performances at the APS Athletics Finals - held at Lakeside Stadium - on Saturday 21 October. Eight School Records were either broken or equalled across the Heats (held on Wednesday 18 October) and Finals.

Competing at her first APS Finals, Mia stole the show with three wins; all in Event and School Record time. Mia won the Under 17 100m (12.06 secs), 200m (24.42 secs) and 400m (56.39 secs) events to claim three APS records as she continues her comeback from the broken wrist suffered at the Youth Commonwealth Games in July. Mia, along with Mercedes, Zara Edgar and Emily Richards, combined to finish second in the Girls' Open 4x100m Relay in a School Record time. (50.43 secs)

Mercedes continued her outstanding form from our Whole School Athletics Day, at which she won the Girls' Open High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump and Hurdles. On Saturday, Mercedes won the High Jump (equalling Xenia Brookes' School Record of 1.66m), Long Jump (4.88m) and Triple Jump (10.50m), while she finished third in the Shot Put. Mercedes' win in the High Jump was her second consecutive in the Open grade at the APS Finals, winning with a leap of 1.55m in 2016.

Nick completed the Boys' Under 16 sprint double, winning the 100m event in the fourth-fastest time (11.48 secs) in any age group on the day, before breaking the School Record in the 200m (22.46 secs). The Boys' Under 16 record had previously stood since 1980, before Nick broke it for what would be the first time in a week at the APS Heats on Wednesday 18 October. Nick also appeared to equal the Boys' Under 16 100m School record in the Heats. His time of 11.20 seconds equals Peter King's (M'54) time of 11.2 seconds, set at the House Sports in 1951, but this is still to be confirmed. Nick also won the Under 16 100m Hurdles B final in 14.80 seconds.

Jarvis broke the School record on his way to winning the Under 15 High Jump. Jarvis' final successful attempt of 1.76m took him past the three-way tie of Edward Bostock (M'94), Campbell Roydhouse (Fr'95) and Robin Tan (M'91) on 1.75m.

The Girls' team finished in sixth place overall at the APS Finals, while the Boys' team finished tenth. The performances of Jarvis, Mercedes, Mia and Nick were complemented by a number of podium finishes, including:

  • Matthew Palmer - 1st in Under 17 110m Hurdles B final (16.64 secs) 
  • Girls' Open 4x100m Relay - 2nd in 50.43 seconds (School Record)
  • Cleo Anastastios - 2nd in Under 13 80m Hurdles (14.24 secs)
  • Olivia Dunn - 2nd Under 17 Shot Put (9.49m)
  • Sophie Pierson - 2nd Under 15 High Jump (1.40m)
  • Carla Anderson - 3rd Under 13 High Jump (4.24m)
  • Issy Atkins - 3rd Under 16 400m (1:03.95)
  • Molly Christensen - 3rd Under 16 High Jump (1.45m)
  • Frankie Jackson - 3rd Under 15 200m (28.41 secs)