Athletics End of Season Report 2019

Our athletes have finished a brilliant summer of competition with many team and individual successes to celebrate.

Dulwich’s strong showing at the Southwark Championships meant we had a large compliment of boys qualified for the Southwark team to compete at the London Championships. At the competition in Battersea Mackenzie Laban (Year 11) won both the Hammer Throw and Discus whilst Zac Crowther (Year 8) powered to victory in the 800m. At the Lower School equivalent competition in Mile End Dylan Kalsi (Year 7) won the sprint hurdles, Tristan Saunders (Year 7) the Javelin and Christo Chilton (Year 8) the 1500m.

We revisited Charterhouse for our second fixture there this season and a convincing showing in all three age groups resulted in victory overall against the hosts and a strong St. Pauls side. Highlights were Alexander Strigo’s 400m and Javelin, Max George’s 200m, William Broadley’s Javelin and Oliver Storey’s triple jump who all won their events.

The Track and Field Cup A final at The Julie Rose Stadium was a chance for our boys to multi event against some of the strongest teams in the south east. Our junior and intermediate teams finished 6th and 8th respectively. These were credible results but not as strong as we would hope and provide a good target for the boys to surpass next year. Elliot Gautier top scored for Dulwich on the day with 42 points from his 300m and Triple Jump.

The Simmonds Cup brings together many of the strongest athletics schools in London. Our Year 7, 8 and 9 boys all finished 2nd in their age groups but the Year 10s did brilliantly to finish first in the final year that they will compete for the cup. The standout individual performance was Matteo Cranchi’s victory in the Triple Jump (9.84cm) in his first ever competition. The strength in depth of all age groups was evident as Dulwich won every 4x400m relay. The Year 8 team of Nathan Firla, Theo Ladure, Christo Chilton and Zac Crowther went a step further and set the Dulwich College record in 4.00 minutes flat. I expect that this is a record which could stand for some time!

Many of our athletes will continue to train and compete for their clubs and we wish them well over the summer. We are also extremely proud of, and wish luck to, Christo Chilton, Jamaal Darlington and next years Captain of Athletics Hakan Digby who have all been selected to represent London at the prestigious English Schools Athletics Championships at Alexandra Stadium, Birmingham in July.

Although so many of our athletes have worked extremely hard, made huge progress and won many competitions the following boys have won the award for the best athlete in their respective age groups. These boys have best embodied the self-motivation, team ethic and excellence in competition that is expected of a Dulwich athlete. Well done to them and all of the other boys on what has been a fantastic season of athletics. RJW

Year 7: Antoine Andrews
Year 8: Nathan Firla
Year 9: Jamaal Darlington
Year 10: Dan Davies
Year 11 and Upper School: Hakan Digby

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