X marked the spot for three students when they booked their place in a national sporting event last week.
They took part in the Association of Colleges (AoC) regional sports event that took place in Norfolk.
In the boys cross country race, Tom Adams and William Page came first and second. In the same event, Chloe Godbold came sixth.
With the top eight now qualifying for the national finals, all three will be on the start line of an event that will take place at Nottingham University at the end of April 2017.
16 year old Tom from Holton St Mary, said, “It was rocky and hard so the conditions weren’t ideal. I kicked about half way and no-one came with me and I eventually won by about 20 seconds. Going to the national will be a big test. I’d like to try and get top 20 – but I think I could probably go even higher than that. It was good to get a win under my belt – hopefully there is more to come for me during this season.”
17 year old William from East Bergholt came second. He said, “The competition was OK. We were up against a very good runner from Cambridge so we had a game plan before the start aimed at trying to break him down and it worked. It was great to come second. I’m looking forward to the challenge (in Nottingham), next year.”
18 year old Chloe from Ipswich came sixth. She said, “I’m normally a sprinter (for Ipswich Harriers) but I do this event to build up my stamina in the winter months. This was a 5k course and it was quite challenging – I’m looking forward to Nottingham.
Teacher of sport, Paul Rea, said, “Overall, we had teams in football, badminton, table tennis, tennis and cross country. We competed very well in all of our events and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
“In terms of cross country we did exceptionally well and I’m very pleased for the students. All three are keen runners and they train hard. It’s nice to see them show what they are capable of and to see them go on to represent the East of England is a huge accolade for them. In terms of the finals, hopefully they can relax and enjoy and the experience. I’m sure they will and everyone at One is very proud of their efforts.”
A team of nine runners from One also competed in the Suffolk School cross country event. All nine runners have qualified for the next stage of this competition.