St Albans AC praises U17 girls’ team

St Albans AC's U17 girls

St Albans AC's U17 girls - Credit: Archant

St Albans Athletics Club’s coach Deborah Steer has praised the club’s U17 girls after an impressing showing in the second fixture of the Chiltern Cross Country League.

Held in Keysoe, Bedfordshire, St Albans fielded the largest team with 11 girls competing. Tabitha Weddell was the club’s highest scorer in sixth place, followed in by Rachel Parlour and Naomi Baker.

“A few years ago we could never have imagined, no matter the success of our oldest female team, to have 11 young women finishing a cross country race, including running through a river with smiles on their faces and eager for the next challenge.

“It is something that we’re especially proud of. It is a real credit to the girls that they have managed to persevere with this gruelling and sometimes painful sport.”

In the U11 age group, Lucy Evans, from Crabtree School in Harpenden, finished in 12th, ahead of school-mate Emma Wilson in 27th. In the boys’ race, Robert Quigley came in seventh to push the team up to fourth in the table.

U13 runners Kiera Stern, Emily Barnes and Sophie Robin, all from STAGS, qualifed for the national final, which is scheduled for the next month in Cornwall. Callum Walsh, Jed Lumb, Harry Bentley and Oliver Davis took part for Verulam School.

Jess Laitner led in the U15 girls in eighth place, followed by Freya Weddell, Hannah Rayden and Emily Anders.

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Ben Clark had another good run, finishing in sixth place for the U17s, with Andrew Doherty and Ed Anders making up the team.