The Hemel Hempstead School’s (HHS) under 14’s boys athletics team won glory for their school as they were crowned County League champions this summer.
Throughout the year, the top 16 schools in the county competed in the County League athletics programme in under 14’s and under 16’s categories for both boys and girls. HHS did exceedingly well across the board, with three out of four teams qualifying for the County League finals. The finals narrowed the competition down to eight schools, taking place on July 4 and 5 at Jarman Park.
Mr Colquhoun, PE teacher at HHS, was confident that the under 14’s boys team could achieve something special: “Throughout the season they have been getting better and better with every athletic meet.
We had high hopes that this team might be able to finish in the top 3 schools if they all performed to the best of their ability.”
The under 14’s boys started the finals off strong, with victory on track from Justin in the 200m and two 2nd place finishes for Harry in the hurdles and Charlie in the 300m. There were also third place finishes for Austin in the javelin and Harry in the discus.
At the halfway stage it was announced that HHS were in 1st place with the field events and relays still to go. In the field, there were amazing performances from Henry and Justin who won their events in pole vault and triple jump respectively.
It all came down to the final event which was the 4x100m relay. After a terrific season, the relay team produced another remarkable performance, allowing Harry to cross the line in first place.
In the presentation, the HHS under 14’s boys team were announced as County League champions. This was the first time in 33 years that any athletics team from the school had won this, thereby writing these boys’ names in the HHS history books with indelible ink.