EIGHTEEN-year-old Stafford schoolgirl Sarah Lovewell is chasing a national podium finish after producing a gold medal winning performance in a regional cross country qualifier in Shropshire.
Lovewell dominated the 3.7K course, opening a two minute gap ahead of the chasing pack to claim the over-16 girls’ title at the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) Midlands championships at Bedstone College.
The Stafford Grammar School athlete will aim to maintain her impressive form at Princethorpe College in Warwickshire next month where she will contest the ISA national final.
She was among more than 500 hundred pupils from schools across the Midlands who took part in the event, with the top ten in each of the four age categories booking a place in the regional team.
Dan Nowell, 16, secured his slot when he crossed fourth in the over-16 boys’ 6K race.
The pair will be joined in Warwickshire by 14-year-old SGS athletes Megan Cogan and Emily Colquhoun who bagged fourth and fifth place in the girls’ 3.7K under-16 competition, with Katie Deakin, 14, following in eighth. In the same age group Luke Williams, 15, finished ninth over the boys’ 4.8K course.
“All of the students had a very difficult course to tackle in terms of distance and terrain.
“It was extremely wet and involved two big hill climbs.
But they ran really well and I’m hopeful they will go on to receive national medals,” said Lynda McConville, head of girls’ PE, SGS came second in the boys’ over-16 team competition, with third place going to the under-16 and under-14 girls’ sides.