Smith stars at Westward Cross Country League meeting

PUBLISHED: 16:09 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 17 November 2015

Galina Barskaya

Jake Smith made the long trek down to Newquay to race in the second event in the Westward Cross Country League’s series of races, writes Dave Mutter.

In extremely wet and muddy conditions, Jake finished in a very strong ninth position out of 171 runners, finishing the 9.2 km course in a time of 31:59. Jake is currently in fifth position overall in the series standings after two races.

On the previous day, Jake’s younger sisters Molly and Caitlin travelled the other way to Sherborne in Dorset for the South West Regional Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup.

The course was again extremely challenging, consisting mainly of mud and water in a loop around the perimeter of a large apple orchard at Leweston School. Molly was first up representing King’s College Taunton in the Intermediate Girls race. She ran extremely well and finished second overall, in a time of 9:09 which was just one second behind the winner from St Mary’s School Ascot.

Caitlin then ran in the Junior Girls race representing Colyton Grammar School. In a very tight race, Caitlin was neck and neck with a runner from Park House School Newbury, until she produced a sprint finish to outdo her sister and win the race in a strong field of 65 runners from the South West of England. Colyton finished third overall and progress to the national finals in Bedford on December 5.

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