Hannah dominates School Cross Country Championship
PUBLISHED: 10:01 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
HANNAH Walker put in a dominant performance to win the women s senior race, as athletes from all across the county took part in the Hertfordshire School Cross Country Championship in Verulamian Park. Walker followed up her impressive international debut
HANNAH Walker put in a dominant performance to win the women's senior race, as athletes from all across the county took part in the Hertfordshire School Cross Country Championship in Verulamian Park.
Walker followed up her impressive international debut by dominating the Senior Girls race to further her reputation as one of the County's most promising athletes.
The athletes arrived on Saturday morning to be greeted by a muddy course making the race particularly gruelling. Qualification for the English Schools 2009 Cross Country Championships was the aim for many of the runners and, with only five places per race, the competition was intense.
In the Pre-Junior Girls race Victoria Pritchard (St Albans Girls) finished second ahead of Megan Breen (Sandringham, sixth), Megan Hobbs (Marlborough, eighth), Madeleine Geer (St Albans Girls, 10th) and Chloe Rutherford-Hughes (St Albans Girls, 11th).
Izzy Thompson (Beaumont) produced another excellent performance to win the Junior Girls race and she was followed home by Karis Mymms (Beaumont, fourth), Megan Steer (St Albans Girls, fifth), Harriet Clifford (Beaumont, sixth) and Naomi Hodson (St George's, eighth).
In the Inter Girls race there were top-10 finishes from Kate Barber (High School) in fifth, Rebecca Pritchard (Sir John Laws) in sixth and Laura Farrarr (St Albans Girls) in eighth.
Walker (Sir John Laws) easily won the senior race with Hannah Johnson from St Albans School taking fourth place.
The boys also had some fine performances with James McMurray (Sir John Lawes) winning the junior race from Oliver Poulain (Verulam, third), Sam Jamieson-West (Sir John Lawes, seventh) and Mark Pearce (St Albans School, ninth).
In the Inter boys competition, Verulam were represented by Elliot Poulain in sixth with Ollie Glyn Townsend seventh and Khallid Al Abady from Marlborough in eighth.