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Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School

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Xavier Education Trust

Salesian Cross Country Competition


On Tuesday 7th February the cross country team took part in the annual Salesian Cross Country competition. Despite the recent cold spell, weather conditions were quite favourable with a very gentle breeze and bright blue skies however conditions underfoot were very different. The races were always going to be challenging, but running on the world’s worst draining field with a half stone clump of mud attached to each foot added to the challenge!

Undeterred, we ploughed on determinedly and overall performed very well as a team. A special mention must be given here to our youngest team members who tiptoed & glided their way through the mud to pile up the points with some excellent running.

A special mention also to our individual race winners Rhys Day (Yr 3 boys) Emma Horsey (Yr 4 girls) & Mateo Hutton (Yr 4 boys) – inspirational stuff indeed.

As I write, we are still waiting for the overall results but below are our team highlights from the day (top 5 finishers counting to points total – lowest total wins):

Year 3 Boys – 1st Rhys Day 2nd Harry Rice 3rd Frankie Nolan 4th Jack Gemmell 7th Ben Cardemil (a superb CN clean sweep) Team score 17 points

Year 3 Girls – 2nd Georgia Napoli 3rd Kaci Lee    4th Charlotte Close 5th Lucy Hadfield   6th Lily Cawley   (a superb near clean sweep!) Team score 20 points

Year 4 Boys – 1st Mateo Hutton     5th Louis Viner   6th Daniel Horsey 7th Luca Federico 10th Marc Castiglione Team score 29 points

Year 4 Girls – 1st Emma Horsey 3rd Rosie Whalley 4th Maisy Cronin 6th Zahra Hadfield   9th Isabelle Johnson Team score 23 points