Last week Thursday, Queen’s College hosted the 98th Hirsch, Edwards and Gunn Shields Athletics Meeting. The Rec undergoes a transformation this time of the year and the grounds and other facilities were very well prepared.
As usual, the standard of competition was very high and to achieve a podium position in any of the events required a special performance. This year, there was once again a great deal of talent on display and the spectators were treated to a worthwhile day of athletics.
Despite challenging weather conditions, the competitors from St Andrew’s gave no less than 100% and the team performed well overall. However, the Queen’s College athletes are always very difficult to beat, but on home soil they seemed able to lift their performance to another level. Their dominance at this event continued, and the Hirsch Shield for U19s will stay in Queenstown for at least another year. They also won the Edwards Shield for U16s, while Selbourne College fielded the best U14 team and won the Gunn Shield.
St Andrew’s College finished 4th in the U19 category and 5th in the U16 and the U14 categories.
The following athletes achieved podium positions and we ask that they come forward to receive their certificates:
William Counsell: 2nd place in the 1500m
Andrew Coxwell: 2nd in the 90m hurdles
James Duthie: 3rd place in the pole vault
Zadok Makani: 3rd place in Discus
Luke Hobson: 3rd place in the 800m
Henry Torr: 3rd place in the 3000m
Murray Long: 3rd place in the pole vault
Baron Boateng-Aidoo, Murray Long, Xolile Mdlokovana and Timothy Bloem: 3rd place in the 4 x 100m relay.
Congratulations to the athletics team on a good performance overall. We look forward to hosting the event here at College next year.