U12 National Champion
Isabelle Thompson has topped a wonderful season of athletics by becoming the national champion in both the girls 100m and 200m.
Thompson, who had broken the school’s 200m record by more than two seconds at last week’s sports day, headed to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium as the regional champion at 100m and 200m.
In her 100m heat, Izzy timed fastest of all runners to qualify for the final – where a close duel with Prior Park’s Tyler Werrett ended with Izzy recording a time of 13.60, just 0.18 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger.
With one national title under her belt, Izzy threw herself into the 200m – with significant results. In her heat, she ran a new national record of 28.09 seconds; breaking the previous 18-year long record by 0.21 seconds. As the day wore on, and Thompson fought off fatigue and heel aches, the 200m final proved to be Izzy’s finest moment. After a strong bend, Izzy found herself level with Marlborough Hall’s Angelique Abberley and with clear drive and determination, summoned something extra from an empty tank to cross the line in first place – securing her second national title of the day.
Having represented at regional and national IAPS Under-12 athletics championships since Year Four, Izzy leaves Prep education having achieved her three-year goal of becoming the national 100m and 200m champion – many congratulations!
Team T are National Champions!
RGS The Grange’s 4x100m girls relay team were crowned U12 national champions at the 2017 IAPS National Athletics Championships earlier this week.
The team’s quartet of Teyah Farmer, Ava Thornley, Tabitha Haynes and Izzy Thompson, traveled to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium as regional champions – before a comprehensive performance in their Heat led to qualification to the final of the national finals.
The final itself saw Farmer give the team a superb start before passing the baton seamlessly to Thornley to stride through her straight with assurance. The second changeover to Haynes was as smooth as it had been all season; with Tabitha exploding around the bend of the third leg and confidently handing to Thompson – by now the double 100m and 200m national champion after her exploits earlier in the day – who pulled away from her nearest rivals to drive the team through the line in an almost unbelievable time of 57.29 seconds, destroying (their own) school record in the process.
This hugely significant achievement is testament to the hard work and commitment that Teyah, Thornley, Tabby and Thompson have shown throughout the term – congratulations girls, you should be very proud of ‘Team T’… national champions!